When a photographer hears the words ‘outdoor ceremony’ they are instantly excited. A ceremony outside has the promise of gorgeous natural light to make the most amazing wedding pictures. Plus natural photos of guests during the drinks reception look great outside. One thing is for certain, opting for an outdoor wedding is not for the faint hearted in the UK. There are obvious weather worries to contend with. But the results can be simply beautiful. We have a few tips to help brides plan the perfect outdoor wedding

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Consider Clothing

A blustery day can wreak havoc on dresses and hair styles. If you are getting married outdoors do not pick a floaty dress for yourself or your bridesmaids. Your maid of honour doesn’t want to accidentally flash her bum to all your friends and family! You also don’t want stray hairs across everyone’s faces in your wedding photos. Combat the wind with up styled hair and tighter fitting dresses.

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Always Have A Plan B

The North West isn’t famed for it’s sunny climbs. Whilst the summer does provide some beautiful weather there will still be some days that don’t play ball. This is why a plan B is a must! Outdoor ceremonies require an indoor counterpart. If you are having a big wedding make sure everyone can fit in the venues indoor space comfortably.

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Tents And Tipi’s

A great way to have a completely outdoor wedding experience is by having a tent or a tipi. There is cover for the meal and evening party but guests won’t feel unconnected to the outdoor space around them. Just make sure that the team are prepared for hot weather if forecast. Making sure everyone is comfortable is key. For recommendations on tipi hire companies check our our list go the best Manchester wedding suppliers.

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If you are planning to host your wedding outside providing seating is important. Not all guests are spring chickens, a nice place to sit in the shade is a must. Speak to your wedding planner or coordinator and they will have a stylish solution to seating requirements. We love quirky outdoor seating like vintage sofas or bales of hay. Pick whatever suits your wedding styling the best.

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Keep Drinks Flowing

The dream wedding weather is a hot summers day. If you are lucky enough to get this weather make sure guests are well watered. Non alcoholic options are a necessity. Make sure to provide guests with plenty of drinks to avoid anyone getting dehydrated. Provide a stylish solution to summer heat with fresh mocktails, try a mint cooler! If it’s very warm ask the staff to have fresh water available at the drinks reception too as not everyone can have sugary soft drinks.

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The Extras

If budget allows why not throw in some extra elements to make your wedding interactive. There are so many amazing suppliers providing entertainment, games, food and anything else you can think of. Want a prosecco van, a magician or a saxophonist then there is a supplier out there to make it happen. Chat to your wedding planner or coordinator and see who they recommend.

When it comes to outdoor weddings being prepared makes all the difference. Guests are dependant on your events team for food, drinks and general comfort. Firstly make sure the basics are covered and then let your imagination take your wedding to the next level!

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