There is just something charming about outdoor weddings. The surrounding nature brings a romantic feel and makes the whole wedding more special and beautiful. It’s not a surprise that more and more couples opt for such weddings and have the most memorable wedding. However, there are a few things to be considered, because just like any wedding there is a lot of planning.
Choose a location
The first thing is choosing your venue. Since you want to celebrate outdoors, you have a vast variety of options. You can choose a beach wedding and enjoy the magical surroundings and pleasant breeze and smells of the sea. If you wish to be surrounded by greenery, you choose a local park, forest, vineyard or even your backyard. Whichever location you choose, just make sure to take care of any legal issues, if necessary. Ask your local authorities if you need a permit to get married at some of the public places and once everything is taken care of you can continue planning your dream wedding.
Make it cozy
No matter which location you chose, you need to make sure it is cozy. Make your backyard, the beach or a huge park lawn more pleasant and inviting with some lounge furniture and some big pillows. Also, don’t go big when it comes to tables and seating arrangements. Instead of choosing larger 8 or 10-person tables, try fitting more 4-person tables to create a more intimate feel. Besides the seating and fabrics, you should make sure that your guests know exactly where everything is. Don’t expect them to immediately be familiar with surroundings and lay out some plans or hire people to point your guests to the restroom, bars and other commodities.
Protection from bugs
Being outside has its perks, but it also has insects. Chances are big that various insects will try to ‘attack’ you, your guests and your food – especially during summer. When the sun goes down and you light up all your lighting fixtures, various bugs are going to start gathering. Your mission is to protect the guests, food and yourself. One of the best ways to solve this problem is to have an exterminator spray the desired site a few days before and place some citronella candles. Don’t let insects crash your wedding and bother your guests.
Weather and temperature
Even though you might’ve planned and booked your wedding for summer, Australian weather is still unpredictable. A slight rain or a heavy shower might surprise you, and still there is the harsh sun to think about. In order for the whole ceremony and reception to be absolutely perfect, you will need to somehow control the weather and temperature. Timing is everything and you shouldn’t schedule your ceremony during the hottest part of the day. Think more about the afternoon when the temperature is more comfortable. Also, think about protecting your guests from the weather by pitching a tent or getting shade sails from Sydney. This will somewhat control the temperature and prevent your guests from burning in the sun or getting completely wet if the rain surprises you all.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you already have beautiful decoration provided by nature and its landscapes. However, it is just an advantage and you can boost it a bit. A week before the wedding, go to the site and make sure everything is clean, leaves raked, grass cut and you can start decorating. Choose your centerpieces for the tables, provide good lighting and add other accessories you like. As far as lighting is concerned, there are plenty of options that will provide illumination to your reception and serve as decoration. You can go with white paper lanterns, string lights, floating candles or any other creative idea.
Outdoor weddings are the most romantic of venues. They will require plenty of planning and some additional effort, but it’s all worth it.