Friday, March 19, 2010

Your Outdoor Wedding

I am very excited about the weekend as I will be attending one of the BD Team's weddings and thankfully the weather is set to be just perfect for her outdoor celebration. So I thought today I would share with you our thoughts on planning the ultimate outdoor wedding, so you can be sure that you've covered every angle and your outdoor wedding will go off without a hitch…

Your wedding ceremony can be held just about anywhere you would like – and many couples opt for the great outdoors, either at the beach, on a river bank, in a park, vineyard, or garden, or on the sparkling waters of a harbour for an unforgettable wedding cruise. Be creative with the location.

This is a once in a lifetime event and you should choose a venue that is beautiful and meaningful to you both. Here in Australia we are truly blessed with the variety of outdoor locations that are perfect for weddings. Some brides and grooms enjoy the freedom of a beach wedding, while other water lovers opt for a specially chartered cruise vessel.

If you prefer to have your feet on terra firma, consider the romance of a beautiful country garden, an orchard, a vineyard, or a magnificent botanical garden. Depending upon the time of year, you could exchange your vows surrounded by lush greenery, the delicate pink and white of spring blossoms, or autumn’s vibrant reds and golds.

When planning any outdoor wedding, there are a few logistics to consider. For example, you will need to select a spot that is reasonably easy to access, particularly if you have very young children or older relatives among your guests. You should also discuss your plans with your marriage celebrant, as well as with your photographer, videographer and the musicians you have hired to play at the ceremony so that they can make any special arrangements that may be necessary.

Parking is another factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. Is there adequate parking within easy walking distance to the spot you’ve chosen? If not (and you have your heart set on this particular location) you may be able to arrange for your guests to gather somewhere close by and hop on a bus that you’ve hired to transport them to and from the wedding. This could add a fun ‘mystery tour’ element to the day – but allow plenty of time for this manoeuvre to be carried out successfully!

If your chosen wedding venue is a public space, you may need to obtain permission for its use from the relevant authorities. And no matter what location you choose, be sure to give your guests clear directions on how to get there, as well as advice on suitable dress and footwear.

Are both your wedding and reception to take place at the same location? Then you’ll probably need to investigate the hire of a marquee for your reception. A marquee is a flexible and creative option. 

They can be erected just about anywhere (as long as you have permission) and can be decorated anyway you choose. However, if there are no kitchens nearby you’ll need to hire a fully equipped caterer’s tent and possibly a generator, as well as arranging for access to fresh water. Discuss this with your caterers, who may be able to give you some useful advice.

Finally, while an outdoor wedding can be a wonderfully romantic and relaxed celebration, always choose an alternative indoor venue as back up in case of bad weather.

Have a lovely day!… Anna