Planning an outdoor wedding?
Planning an outdoor wedding in the UK can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to keep in mind the unpredictability of the British weather. Here are some things to consider when planning your outdoor wedding in the UK.
When choosing an outdoor venue, consider the location carefully. Make sure it’s easily accessible for guests, and that there is ample parking or public transportation nearby. It’s also important to consider the surroundings and make sure the location is suitable for your desired theme and decor.
Weather Contingency Plans
The British weather is unpredictable, so it’s important to have contingency plans in place in case of rain or extreme weather. Consider renting a marquee or tipi to provide shelter, or have an indoor backup venue available in case of severe weather.
Time of Year
The time of year can also greatly impact your outdoor wedding. Spring and summer are popular choices for outdoor weddings in the UK, but autumn can also provide a beautiful backdrop with the changing leaves. Keep in mind that the weather can be more unpredictable in the shoulder seasons, so it’s important to have contingency plans in place.
Permits and Licenses
Make sure to obtain any necessary permits or licenses for your outdoor wedding. This may include a license to hold a civil ceremony or permission to use the outdoor space. It’s important to check with the local council or wedding venue to ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in order.
Sound and Lighting
When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to consider sound and lighting. Make sure you have adequate lighting for the outdoor space, especially if the wedding will be in the evening. It’s also important to consider sound, and make sure there is a sound system or speakers available for the ceremony and reception.
When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to consider the catering arrangements. Make sure there is ample space for the caterers to set up and prepare food, and that there is access to electricity and running water. It’s also important to consider the type of food you’ll be serving and whether it’s suitable for outdoor dining.
When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to consider the dress code for both the wedding party and guests. Keep in mind that outdoor weddings can be more casual, so it’s important to communicate the dress code clearly to guests.
Comfort and Convenience
It’s important to consider the comfort and convenience of your guests when planning an outdoor wedding. Make sure there are adequate restrooms available, and that there is ample seating for older guests or those who may have mobility issues. It’s also important to consider the weather and provide amenities like fans or heaters if necessary.
Décor and Theme
When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to consider the décor and theme. Keep in mind the natural surroundings and choose décor that complements the outdoor space. It’s also important to consider the overall theme of the wedding and make sure the outdoor space fits with the desired aesthetic.
Outdoor weddings can provide beautiful backdrops for wedding photos, but it’s important to consider the lighting and time of day. Talk to your photographer ahead of time to plan for the best time of day for photos, and make sure there is adequate lighting for outdoor shots.
In conclusion, planning an outdoor wedding in the UK can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to consider the unpredictable weather and plan accordingly. By keeping these things in mind, you can create a beautiful and memorable outdoor wedding that you and your guests will cherish for years to come.
Jo Pyman is an award-winning UK Wedding planner as well as the founder of One Curious Dream Wedding Planning Agency who plan and coordinate weddings throughout the UK and overseas.
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