Want to exchange your vows at an outside wedding venue? Make sure your al fresco ceremony doesn’t turn into a fiasco with these top wedding planning tips!

Outside wedding

Think about the time of day

Weddings traditionally take place around midday  – not great if you’re getting married at an outside wedding venue in the height of summer. Think about shade for your guests or consider moving the ceremony until later in the afternoon. Plus, that way, you may only have to feed your guests once, saving you £££s!

Get a wet weather plan

Getting married outside is all very well on a sun-drenched beach abroad but in good old Blighty, you need to have a wet weather plan just in case. Talk to your venue’s co-location in which to say your vows. Remember, also, to talk through wet weather picture locations with your photographer. And if it does rain, don’t worry – remember, a wet knot is harder to untie!

Keep guests informed

If you’re expecting your guests to sit outside at midday in August, think about the dress code. Do you really want to make the guys wear restrictive suits in that heat? Also, think about providing some fans for the ladies – put these at the entrance to your venue with a little sign saying help yourself! Equally, if you’re planning a winter wedding outside, make sure you remind guests to bring their wellington boots and warm coats on the invitations!

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food served outside

Think about food

If you’re having a buffet at your outside summer reception , talk to your caterer about timings. You want the wedding food to be appetizing and, most importantly, safe for your guests to eat so don’t leave it sat outside in the sun for too long!

Think about other events

Summer is the perfect time of year for outdoor events – and that doesn’t just mean your wedding! There will be all manner of festivals and fetes taking place during the warmer months, so check with your venue that nothing else is planned for your day. Also, look around in the local area. You don’t want your outdoor vows being drowned out by the festival next door!