Bride To Be Blog 4: Things To Consider If You’re Having An Outdoor Wedding

Earlier this month, my fiancé DJed at a small wedding which was held in the beautiful grounds of a country house in East Sussex, UK (if you didn’t know, sometimes I go with him to bookings to help out with getting footage for his social media and other odd jobs #DJWifeLife). All of the wedding processions were conducted outside, including the marriage ceremony and the wedding reception. Prior to attending this wedding I wasn’t really a fan of the concept of outdoor summer weddings, but I can now see why it appeals to some people. There are actually quite a few positives, one of the main ones being that your wedding photos will look amazing.

Although my wedding is in spring, let’s just say… we probably have too many guests to seriously consider getting married outside lol. It would be too chaotic. But since witnessing a successful outdoor wedding, it has really made me think about what a huge cost they must have saved by doing things more unconventionally. So in today’s collaborative post, we’ll be exploring a few key things to consider if you’re having an outdoor summer wedding:


Marquees 

An outdoor wedding gives you a lot more freedom in the sense that you can pick some beautiful locations, which we’ll discuss later in this post. Keeping it outdoors also gives your guests a chance to enjoy the scenery that you’ll be surrounded by. However, if it’s particularly hot and sunny on your wedding day, you’ll need to consider how you will shield your guests and keep everyone cool. A marquee is a great way to get around this issue and if you check out companies such as Fews Marquees, you’ll be able to see a variety of different function marquees that you could hire out for the evening. 


Picturesque Locations

I’ve always thought that if your wedding is going to be outside then you may as well go for somewhere really worth it, a truly picturesque location that your photographer will be able to capture in all of its splendour. A few examples of beautiful outdoor wedding venues in the UK include country houses such as the wedding I attended in East Sussex, castles, gardens and hotels.  


Contingency Plans

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’ll need a solid Plan B to avoid a disaster. For an outdoor summer wedding, fans and portable air conditioners should be a top priority. Equally, due to the somewhat unpredictable nature of the UK weather, you may also need to ensure that there is an indoor area which could be used for the wedding in poor weather conditions.


Sound

Another crucial factor to bear in mind at an outdoor wedding is the sound. The outside environment means that the DJ may need to crank up the volume to compensate for any wind, which could nullify the noise slightly. Furthermore, you may need to consider hiring a generator to provide a power source if it is not feasible or safe to use extension cables from the nearest socket to wherever the DJ sets up their equipment. Finally, if there is a likelihood of rain, then you will have to factor this in as well. For example, you could arrange a small shelter for the DJ equipment.

As always, thank you for reading and let’s continue the conversation in the comment section down below. Would you ever consider having an outdoor wedding?  

*This post was written in partnership with a Contributing Author*


God bless you!

Wunms.

[God] existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. – Colossians 1:17

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4 thoughts on “Bride To Be Blog 4: Things To Consider If You’re Having An Outdoor Wedding

  1. I love the idea of an outdoor wedding, (if I ever find someone lol), but UK weather makes me SOOOO nervous. The contingency is most definitely a must!

    Dear Disha | A Year Abroad Blog (escribo en Español también) – deardishablog.wordpress.com

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  2. I enjoyed reading this Wunmi and very pleased you enjoyed your visit to my part of the South East. I agree outdoor weddings have a unique dynamic which I enjoy. I have not been to one which offered the ceremony as well as the reception. Marquees are great for outdoor weddings, I have attended receptions at large houses and one memorable outdoor wedding in France which was memorable for a lack of organisation. I found the key to a successful outdoor wedding is hiring good caterers or using those recommended by the venue and giving them access to good kitchen facilities if it’s at your parents house, that way you know your guests will be looked after. I like the space and flexibility an outdoor venue gives. I have experienced a range of music options from a hi-fi system to a local DJ, all lacking I have found so I agree it’s important to hire a professional like DJ Tomiwa and listen to their recommendations. The money saved on an indoor event can be used wisely here. Finally I would steer clear of the temptation to have fireworks unless they are professionally done which is expensive, you want your wedding to be memorable for the right reasons. As for the weather in the UK, don’t be put off, as you say have a plan B.

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