If you want to plan the ultimate festival-style outdoor wedding, these fab tips from The Unconventional Wedding Festival are a must read!
The trend for outdoor weddings is becoming increasingly popular. Imagine your wedding ceremony takes place in a clearing in the nearby forest and afterwards you head to a beautiful tipi set up in a nearby field.
However, you can’t just pop a tent up in a field and go for it. There are often no plugs, no water supply, no fridge to chill the beer in, and, shock horror, no Wi-Fi!!! So, how do you go about planning your outdoor wedding. Check out our top 5 tips below.
It’s all about the infrastructure
It’s imperative that you get your infrastructure set up first when planning an outdoor wedding. Every site is different. There are several things that you need to think about.
- Firstly, are you going to have a marquee, tipi, sailcloth tent, the list is endless! This should be number one on your list
- Power – You’ll usually need to hire a generator for the weekend unless the site already has a dedicated power supply. Talk to your generator provider to make sure it comes with enough fuel
- Lighting – you’ll need to light both your venue as well as any walkways or car parks. Usually your marquee company can help with this
- Refrigeration – you need your champagne to be perfectly chilled and no-one likes a warm beer. Book yourself a refrigerated van for the weekend
- You might also need to consider items like water supply (do you need to buy in bottled water for the day?) and heating (especially if your wedding day is later in the year)
Look for those dramatic shots
One of the benefits of an outdoor wedding is the stunning scenery that becomes your wedding backdrop. Whether you are getting married in a forest, a field or next to a lake – make sure to make the most out of what is around you! You’ll get some awesome wedding photos.
Get yourself some special guests
Well you are outside, so you need to invite some special guests, right? Alpacas and Llamas are certainly on trend now and can provide a fun aspect to your wedding day. They even come dressed in their own bow ties!
And its not just restricted to alpaca’s and llama’s, what about getting a falconry display for your wedding day? It’s a brilliant one especially if you have lots of young guests at your wedding.
Plan for sunshine and showers
The number of couples I have heard say “if it rains my day will be ruined”. You must plan for wet weather as, unfortunately, it’s as likely to rain as it is to have beautiful sunshine. Things to bear in mind include;
- Where will my ceremony be held if I can’t have it outdoors?
- If you are having one, where will I hold my drinks reception?
- Think about how guests will get between venues. Its worth, buying a bulk load of umbrellas and selling them on afterwards
- Where will I have my photos taken?
- Provide wellington boots for your guests if its particularly muddy
If it does rain on your wedding day, remember that the clouds will break at some point in the day. Then grab your photographer and go for it!
Get yourself a helper
When you are having an outdoor wedding, you don’t have the luxury of having a team of venue staff around to cater for your every need. And I’m afraid to say that family members can usually only go so far. After all you want them to enjoy their day too!
I’d recommend you get a wedding planner to help with your outdoor wedding. They’ll help make sure the day runs smoothly including liaising with all your wedding suppliers and dealing with any last-minute hiccups.
If you are running your own bar, its also good to get yourself some bar staff to assist.
Written by Linzi Barford on behalf of The Unconventional Wedding Festival
Main image credit: Ed Brown Photography