I love performing outdoor weddings – in fact around 80 per cent of my wedding ceremonies this year will be held entirely in the open air. And yes, this is in Britain where our summer weather can be a little unpredictable!
As long as you have a good back-up “bad weather” plan then there’s no reason to discount an outdoor wedding – but a few drops of rain or drizzle won’t harm anyone (as reflected in this shot of me conducting a woodland wedding at Wilderness Wood last year – those large golf umbrellas are so effective!)
Modern weather forecasting is pretty accurate now, and if it says it’s going to pour down at 2pm then why not consider moving the ceremony start time to ensure you say your vows before the deluge? A burst of British summer rain can often be quite refreshing and gone in an instant – the ground can be dry before you know it.
There are so many wonderful outdoor places you can consider when you have a Celebrant-led wedding – you’re not restricted to a property with a civil licence (whether this is a room indoors or some permanent structure outside like a gazebo). It really all boils down to personal choice and what sort of atmosphere you’d like for your big day. Taking a couple’s ideas and helping them have the wedding that they’ve always wanted is the best job ever for me. An outdoor wedding needn’t be all rustic and DIY though, they can look very stylish indeed as at The House Meadow seen above.
To give you some ideas,
these are just some of the outdoor weddings
I’ll be conducting for couples who’ve hired me
in Kent, Medway, Sussex and Surrey:
- in an old restored barn festooned with fairy lit beams
- under an oak tree next to a wildflower meadow on a farm
- in a private garden adjacent to a village green
- on landscaped terraced gardens at a quaint Kentish pub
- in the gardens of a village hall with room for a hog roast
- in the large grounds of a school with a marquee reception
- within dappled woodland on a wildfowl nature reserve
- in a field on a family home with tipis for the reception
- amongst trees and swinging sofas in a woodland hideaway
- on the lawns of a well-established country house hotel
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, there are lots of alternative wedding venues open to you – why follow the herd? And don’t worry about the weather! Happy planning!