Have you always dreamed of getting married outside? The British summer may be coming to a close, but if you’re already planning for next years sunny season and want to set your special day in great outdoors then there are a few things you need to consider. Getting married outside guarantees a glorious backdrop, letting you stand and say your I do’s amongst a stunning panoramic vista and make memories that will last a lifetime. If you are planning a complete al fresco outdoor wedding experience it is essential to be aware that along with a long list of pros outdoor weddings can come additional cons. However, here at Newton Hall we always strive to make our couples day the very best it can be, therefore we have put together some top tips to make sure your outdoor wedding day shines bright…
You may not be aware but unless you reside in Scotland you cannot get legally married outdoors in the United Kingdom. You are unable to sign your official marriage documents outside unless you are being wed under a fixed roof such as a pagoda, bandstand, or verandah of a house. Therefore, if you wish to have your wedding ceremony outside then your only option is to have a blessing rather than a legal civil ceremony. You can then make a separate trip to a Registrar Office to sign the official documents. More and more couples are choosing this option and simply complete the marriage paperwork the day or week before the blessing ceremony enabling to have greater flexibility with the location of their wedding. Whatever your visions, be it a beach, forest or in a location that is sentimental to you and your partner it is possible with a bit more planning!
The British Weather
Always have a backup plan!!! Don’t lead yourself into a false sense of security and think that here in England we are blessed with soaring Spanish temperatures. Unfortunately, we all know the likelihood of the British weather so be prepared if you are planning an outdoor soiree. Of course, choose your season correctly and don’t subject your guests to the depths of winter, but even in summer it can rain so make sure to have an indoor backup plan and prepare for the worst because rain or shine the show must go on. Put umbrellas under your guest’s seats during the ceremony and ensure that you have an indoor room or tent/ marquee available to use if things do turn to a downpour or it gets cold in the evening. Equally, on the other extreme, considering the out of character weather we have had this summer in the UK you may also have to make provisions for fans and parasols to protect your guests from excessive sun exposure.
Inform Your Guests
Don’t leave your guests in the dark! Be sure to inform them that you are planning an outdoor wedding and ensure they dress accordingly, you don’t want to have guests shivering with bare legs and getting high heels stuck in the grass! Simply detail your outside theme on your invitations and give guests an idea of how to dress accordingly. For example, if you are planning an agricultural affair tell guests the ceremony is set in a field and ensure they bring flat shoes or even wellies to guard against muddy conditions.
If you are hoping for your guests to dance the night away beneath the stars I am sure there will be a tipple or two involved. Don’t leave guests sitting with their legs crossed… make sure you plan for the outdoor setting and pre-hire outdoor toilets. Whether you’re planning an all-out festival feel or you are hosting your wedding outside of the main building hiring toilets could be a game changer and ensure people aren’t constantly trudging through the house to relieve themselves!
Don’t Forget a Generator
If you are hosting the whole evening outdoors it is likely you will be having live music or some form of sound system – don’t leave your guests in an eerie silence, make sure you have a fully functioning generator to power your party! Your venue will most likely assist you with this one.
It cannot be denied, outdoor weddings can be stunning!!! You are surrounded by natural beauty and the sounds of nature provide the perfect backdrop for your vows. One of the biggest advantages of an outdoor wedding is having breathtaking locations for your wedding photos. With plenty of hours of bright sunshine in the summer make sure you don’t miss out on grabbing your photographer for some unforgettable shots. Other additions to an outdoor wedding could include setting up a rustic arch under which to say your vows, adding strings of lights above your guest’s seats and aisle, tree lanterns and torches to create a truly magical setting.
If an outdoor wedding is the fairytale you’ve been dreaming of, the team at Newton Hall are more than happy to assist you in making this dream come true. See our full site for all our wedding options or contact us today to enquire about your special day.