You don’t need me to tell you that planning an outdoor wedding is risky business. What you need is some practical precautions to protect against the elements.
An outdoor wedding is great if the weather is on your side. I was at an outdoor wedding in Devon this weekend, the weather was perfect and everybody had an incredible time. I really admire the bride and groom for braving it and planning their celebration in the gardens of a lovely house under a cool marquee, (an oyster pearl tent). I’m probably not supposed to call these spectacular tents marquees because they’re so chic but with the sides rolled up on this posh marquee, sitting on long benches the wedding was the perfect summer occasion.
If the weather hadn’t been so gloriously sunny the bride and groom would have needed a few backup measures. So, before you plan a wedding in the great outdoors, consider these practical tips to guard against the elements.
1. SUN CREAM
I bet you thought I was going to jump right in there and start talking about the rain didn’t you. Bright searing sun is great for creating happy vibes and sunburn alike so make sure you and your guests don’t get burnt to a crisp. Sun cream is the last thing you think of when you’ve spent months praying for the sun.
2. DON’T GET BLOWN AWAY
There’s nothing more annoying than wind if you’re trying to keep your hair in place but you don’t want a strong gust to take out all the champagne glasses either – make sure that you’ve got some pretty weighty glasses and table wear – no paper plates (for so many reasons)!
You’re not going to plan an outdoor wedding without investing in an umbrella or two but one thing you might forget is that it’s going to be wet under foot. Having floor runners between the main wedding areas; the marquee, toilets and the bar will avoid your guests slopping about in the mud.
Unlike being inside when it get dark you can’t just flick a switch to let light in. This is your chance to embrace your love of candles, fairy lights and lanterns.
This is Britain remember.