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Breathtaking Backdrops: How To Plan The Ultimate Outdoor Wedding

March 1, 2017

Every bride wants to get married in place they find stunningly beautiful. More and more couples are choosing to tie the knot in the great outdoors and take advantage of breathtaking backdrops. If you’re considering an outdoor wedding, here is a guide to help you plan your perfect day.

 

Choosing a location

When it comes to choosing a location, there’s a lot to think about. Firstly, you may want to consider whether you want to stay local or go further afield. Some people like to explore different parts of the country or even go overseas while others are keen to stay close to home. If you’re not sure, weigh up the pros and cons of each option. If you’re local, most guests won’t have to travel, but you may be more limited in terms of potential venues. Organizing a wedding further away requires more effort, and your guests will have to travel, but you may find somewhere that makes your heart skip a beat.
If you’ve got a shortlist, take the time to have a look around, and see what you could do with each venue. You may be thinking about hiring a venue, which has amazing grounds or setting up a marquee in a meadow or by a lake. Alternatively, you may be toying with the idea of doing something a little different like having your wedding in a wood or getting married on the beach.

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Sorting out practicalities

When you get married in a golf club or a mansion, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to provide food, get people to and from the ceremony or ensure that they’re able to go to the toilet in comfort. With an outdoor wedding, these are things you need to think about. If you’ve chosen a remote spot, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to make it work as a wedding venue. It’s great to be out in the wilderness, but you need to have access to basic facilities. Look into options like porta potty rental and get in touch with some catering companies that specialize in outdoor events. If the venue is hard to get to, it may be a good idea to put on transport for your guests.

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Covering all bases

Even at the height of summer, it’s impossible to guarantee clear blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine. If your day could be potentially ruined by the weather, make sure you have a contingency plan. You could investigate hiring a marquee or some gazebos, for example. If you’re getting married in a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, you could consider using the rooms indoors if the weather takes a turn.

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What could be better than saying I do in front of a breathtaking backdrop? There’s so much to be said for outdoor weddings, but they do require careful planning and preparation. If you’re hoping to get married outside, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. Choose your location carefully, and make sure it delivers on practicality, as well as providing your guests with stunning views.

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