What you should know before planning an outdoor wedding

Having your wedding in an outdoor setting can create a spectacular, memorable and unique experience for your special day. It can also be a source for headaches and extra stress if things are forgotten or don’t go to plan! To maximise on the positives and avoid some of the mess with this important decision, there are a few things you should consider.

Outdoor weddings can be set in almost any location, so the possibilities can be endless! Some favourite locations you might want to think about include in a park, on the beach, in a backyard, in a forest, at a vineyard, or some other location that is meaningful to you. Holding the event outdoors can open up your options significantly when it comes to venue, so you won’t feel as limited as you might when choosing indoor locations. You’ll discover that natural locations can offer a beautiful back drop, while more intimate locations that might hold significance for you and your partner can provide both convenience and a personal atmosphere. Australia has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and this might be a very appealing option for your wedding.

As with any venue, there are things to remember before choosing your venue. Most importantly, check out the venue in person first! It might look beautiful in photos, but it also might actually be impossible to get to or require special permission to use. Don’t be fooled by first impressions and make sure that the payoff is worth it and workable for your event.

There are also many other advantages to having your event out in the open. Natural light and settings can provide stunning conditions for photography. You can also take advantage of the changing atmosphere from different times in the day. Also, the space is almost unlimited and can be an affordable way to still have a large wedding on a budget.

Remember, you’ll still have to plan the setup, which might include bringing in lighting and seats, or even making clothing choices for yourself and guests that work better in a less sheltered environment. A long dress that trails along the ground isn’t going to stay white for long on a dirty or rocky ground!

No matter how well you plan for the day, always have a plan B! Australia, in particular, is known for its unpredictable weather, and outdoor weddings really depend on the elements. After months of planning, the last thing you want is for your wedding to be ruined by something completely out of your control. At least if you have a backup, the celebrations can continue. While you might hope for the best weather on the day, plan for the worst because you never know!

In case of bad weather, you can provide anything from a backup indoor location to tents to supplies for your guests, such as umbrellas. Your choice will probably depend on your budget and the feel you are going for. Umbrellas might be fun for a small backyard wedding, but a large, lavish event might work better with a marquee for shelter.

Whatever location you choose for your wedding, there will always be plenty of preparation required. If you take these suggestions into consideration you should be able reduce stress when planning and organise a unique, unforgettable outdoor experience to share with your partner, friends and family!


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