Weddings require an awful amount of planning to make sure that your big day is as special as possible.
Whilst you might feel more comfortable booking and purchasing rings, flowers, dresses, favours, caterer’s, the chances are that you probably haven’t had much experience in organizing an outdoor wedding before.
So, if you’ve decided to host an outdoor wedding, this may throw at you a new set of challenges and things to organize which you might not have even thought about!
However, don’t worry as these top tips will help you during the planning stages of your wedding to help ensure that you have everything covered in preparation for your big day.
Even though you might be planning your outdoor wedding to take place during the peak summer months, it’s important to make sure that you have a backup plan.
For instance, if it did happen to rain or your wedding day ended up being a particularly chilly one, then you’ll be thankful that you booked out a marquee!
Although you might not have planned to have had a marquee to host the reception and ceremony, it will mean that you are prepared for whatever weather you are graced with on the day so that you don’t have any nasty surprises!
Once you have chosen the desired location for your outdoor wedding, it’s important that you check whether or not you are required to have a permit to use the venue.
Try contacting your local council as you may need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice if your event will include ‘licensable activity’ on unlicensed premises in England or Wales.
By licensable, this refers to selling alcohol, providing entertainment e.g. music or serving hot food or drink between 11pm ad 5am. You can find out more about Temporary Events Notice’s at Gov.UK.
You might have very grand visions for your big day including music, a banquet of food, lighting and heating but have you thought about actually having to source the power for all of these things?
An outdoor wedding means that you’ll have to look at sourcing generators, power cabling and mains distribution so that you can provide all of these luxuries for your guests!
While finding a way to power your outdoor wedding could seem like a daunting prospect, it really doesn’t have to be that difficult if you find the right people to help you!
Event Elecrix, who are a well-established supplier of temporary power solutions in the events and entertainment industry, could discuss your options with you to power the venue.
Furthermore, if you’re looking at what lighting possibilities may be available for your outdoor wedding, Event Elextrix’s extensive lighting stock including HQI floodlighting and halogen fixtures could help provide magnificent architectural lighting for buildings, woodlands or other features at your venue.
The chances are that your wedding will include some form of music to keep your guests entertained as you dance the night away after a fabulous day!
However not to sound like a total kill joy, but it’s important that you are respectful of your surroundings, particularly if your outdoor venue is close to other residents.
Avoid any noise issues by kindly letting any residents living near the venue know about your wedding and what could potentially cause any disruptions to them.
On a more positive noise note though, if you are planning or thinking about having the reception outdoors; it’s important that you make sure all of your guests can hear you and your partner say “I do”.
Hiring microphones and speakers for the day would be a good idea, not only for the ceremony, but if you are planning on having music and entertainment in the evening, then a good set of speakers would come in handy here too. Check out London Speaker Hire to see what PA systems are available for your outdoor wedding.
Although brilliant sunshine would create the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding, unfortunately the British weather can’t guarantee a dry and suitably warm day!
As a result, it’s important that you plan your wedding in mind of the fact that we don’t live in the warmest climate and that an outdoor wedding will need some extra consideration to ensure that your guests are kept warm throughout the day and into the evening.
It would be a good idea to consider what heating options would be available for your outdoor wedding. For example you can hire heaters specifically designed for marquees such as Even Heat’s as Indirect Diesel Heaters.
The large volumes of clean, fume free warm air would be the perfect way to keep your guests warm and comfortable during the day and particularly in the evening when the temperature drops, so as not to disrupt your celebrations!
From lighting to heating, sound control to permits, these are just some of the things that you’ll need to think about when you’re planning an outdoor wedding. However if you want to find out more on how you can best prepare for your outdoor wedding then check back often and we will be covering more on the next update.