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Outdoor weddings offer a magical setting for couples to exchange vows, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Picture saying “I do” in dappled sunlight, with a gentle breeze and birdsong as your soundtrack. While outdoor ceremonies are very appealing, there are important factors to consider to ensure a seamless and stress-free day. Here are nine outdoor wedding ideas, along with key tips to make your dream celebration a reality:

  1. Have a Backup Plan: While outdoor weddings are idyllic, the UK weather can be unpredictable. Ensure peace of mind by having a backup plan in place. At The Green, we offer two gorgeous barns as backup venues, alleviating any stress caused by inclement weather. Our wedding barn is always popular and is often used as an indoor alternative space as it is  pre-decorated.
  2. Check Decision Timeline: Inquire with your venue about how late you can make the decision to move indoors. At The Green, we are happy for couples to decide on the morning of the wedding, providing flexibility and peace of mind.
  3. Consider Venue Factors: Ask your wedding venue about factors considered for outdoor ceremonies, such as ground softness depending on the season. Understanding these considerations ensures a smooth transition from planning to execution.
  4. Consult with Officiants: Remember that responsible officiants will expect to have a say in outdoor ceremonies to ensure guest safety. Registrars, for example, may refuse an outdoor ceremony if they have safety concerns such as fallen trees or flying branches.
  5. Communicate with Guests: Inform your guests if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony so they can dress appropriately. This is especially crucial during shoulder months when temperatures can be cooler. Communication ensures everyone is comfortable and prepared.
  6. Decorate Thoughtfully: Enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor venue with thoughtful decor. Consider floral arches, fairy lights, and draped fabric to complement the surroundings and create a romantic atmosphere.
  7. Rain on your wedding day is lucky: Remember that many cultures consider a wet wedding day to be lucky. As the Italians say “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” or “A wet bride is a lucky bride”
  8. Provide Comfort: Ensure guests’ comfort with amenities such as fans or blankets, depending on the season. Small gestures go a long way in ensuring everyone enjoys the celebration to the fullest.
  9. Capture the Moment: Hire a photographer experienced in outdoor weddings to capture the beauty and emotion of your special day. Stunning outdoor backdrops provide the perfect backdrop for timeless wedding photos. A good photographer will also come into their own if your ceremony has to be moved indoors. Not only will they capture the indoor ceremony beautifully but they will also ensure that afterwards they get some outdoor couple shots for you to cherish.

With careful planning and consideration of these outdoor wedding ideas and tips, your celebration at The Green or any outdoor venue can be a breathtaking and memorable experience for you, your partner, and your guests.