If a Bride Wants an Outdoor Wedding, What Advice Would You Give Her About Location?
- Event Planner, Stylist, and Owner of Two Little Rows
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Outdoor weddings demand special and considered planning and are never for the feint of heart or brides or grooms who likes total control. Any number of elements are coming together to create a wedding out of doors and this means that flexibility is key to a happy day.
Following are my top five considerations when I make recommendations to my clients on an outdoor wedding location;
1. Consider what type of location you want. If you have never been a ‘beach’ person and don’t like the sand between your toes, your wedding is not the time to begin. Maybe a forest, a park, or even a headland that overlooks the beach is more your style? Your wedding should be a reflection of who you and your partner are, so choose a location that best reflects the two of you.
2. Your next consideration needs to be access. What kind of access does your location have? Do you have guests attending who have a disability? If a guest has difficulty ambulating then a long, uneven walking track into your wedding will prove difficult or even impossible for them to traverse (think elderly grandparents or a guest in a wheelchair). Consider the type of styling you want and the equipment required to create that styling. If your location is remote and only accessible by walking track, anything you want installed in the area will need to be carried in by hand. This may not only prove very difficult but also expensive to hire the labour to carry everything in and out of the location
3. Consider the weather before you opt for an outdoor wedding. Check historic weather records for the area and try to avoid months when extremes of weather occur. If however, you must hold your wedding in what is likely to be very hot or cold weather, plan ahead and take precautions. Parasols and umbrellas are de rigour for a beach wedding in summer and cosy blankets and heaters are a kind and welcome addition for your guest on a winter’s day.
4. Always, always have a back up plan. You need to consider all weather eventuations, not just rain. Sometimes, wind can be an issue outdoors. Strong winds can rip down styling elements (and also create injury hazards if not installed correctly) and can whip sand into eyes – not a pleasant way to get married! Beaches and access tracks can also get swept away in bad weather so a site that was there one day, may not be the next. A safe, dry and protected indoor back up venue is essential for peace of mind.
5. And last, you must be flexible. An outdoor wedding can never be guaranteed but don’t let rain or a change of plans ruin your wedding day. Roll with the punches and be happy to compromise in order to marry the person you love most in the world. Compromise is what a marriage is made of so look at it as good practice for your lifetime ahead! Focus on the moments instead of the venue and your day will be beautiful and just as wonderful as you imagined.
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