Outdoor weddings are very popular in the UK, but with our weather so unpredictable how can we make sure that we have our big day all planned out?
Choose your location wisely – When choosing make sure that your location is meaningful and practical, easy access and also having a Pagoda or bandstand available.
Make sure you inform your guests that the ceremony will be outside so they can dress appropriately. Depending on the time of year you may have some blankets for chilly weather, parasols for the hot sunshine and umbrellas for some drizzle readily available for guests to pick up and use.
Most importantly be prepared for bad weather – high winds and downpours even in the height of summer are not going to be a good look! Having a backup plan is crucial – Make sure your venue and suppliers can bring your outdoors inside – you may have hired decor, make sure this can be brought and recreated inside. If this happens don’t let it bring you down, embrace it as this is your wedding day!
One of the great bonuses of having an outside wedding is the natural beauty around you, so you don’t need to go over the top with decorations- chair sashes gently blowing and flowers wrapped around a pagoda and flowers for the entrance of the aisle will always look beautiful. If its cloudy and dull maybe line the aisle with some lanterns or add some string lights.
If an outdoor country wedding is what you have always dreamed of then no one can deny that the sounds of nature and the beauty of your surroundings make a wonderful backdrop for saying your vows.
Ultimately it will be down to the discretion of the registrar marrying you on the day as to whether or not the temperature and weather is suitable for you to go ahead with your outdoor wedding ceremony set up. If they deem it unsuitable you may need to forgo your original plan and bring everyone inside.
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