THE OUTDOOR WEDDING is returning us to the ever-tender hands of nature, sending us down aisles with grass underfoot and into tents festooned with blooming bouquets of flowers and vintage furniture. The venues promote a lively celebration with freeform barn dances and garden games on verdant green lawns. Sometimes in England the more expensive outdoor affairs take place in ancient buildings, including castles, ruins, stately homes, abbeys or towers. Forested settings befit a Kate Moss-esque festival vibe and, if you’re lucky enough to have a few free acres, also offer a charming site for scattered yurts and gazebos.
The logistics of holding a wedding outside – the weather being perhaps the most significant factor – can be off-putting to those fearful couples who don’t want their special day ruined. Sure the rain could soak the bridesmaids’ dresses and the wind could sweep the tent away, but if everything goes to plan the pay-off is a radiant day that won’t be soon forgotten.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid any complications:
- Rickety outdoor seats can be uncomfortable so make sure you supply pillows for your guests. One elegant alternative is to simply lay blankets over bales of hay. Just remember that the importance of the ceremony might be undermined somewhat if everyone in the audience is perched like a farm animal.
- Another thing to consider is the choice of luxurious footwear for walking on grass. Sandals go with the bohemian feel, flip flops are also good for dancing and heel covers can be provided for those who’re reluctant to wear flats.
- If the unclouded sun does decide to shine then guests might need parasols, sunglasses and iced buckets for bottles. The heat might also draw insects so try to supply some repellent and towels. You could also hire a vintage ice cream cart or a rustic drink cooler.
- One of the benefits of taking the ceremony outdoors is the chance to add a stylish selection of finishing touches. Perhaps you could use wildflowers to create a makeshift aisle or camping lanterns positioned under table cloths to provide a tranquil evening glow.