British Summer and Outdoor Weddings

I absolutely love performing outdoor weddings – about 75 per cent of my high season wedding ceremonies are be held entirely in the open air.

And yes, this is in Great Britain where our summer weather can often be a little unpredictable!

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As long as you have a good back-up “bad weather” plan then there’s no reason to discount an outdoor wedding – a few drops of rain or drizzle won’t harm anyone.

Modern weather forecasting is pretty accurate now, and if for instance, a downpour is predicted at 2pm then why not consider moving your 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.

Hand round umbrellas and it can be quite fun – the pictures look great too!

 

 

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.

 

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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:

 

 

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  • 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

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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!

To find out more, get in touch!
Katie Keen – Independent Celebrant at True Blue Ceremonies.

 

Spring is in the Air

After the horrendous weeks of weather we endured over the Winter it’s lovely to see that Spring is in the air and there are some signs of it having already arrived here in Kent. There are swathes of snowdrops blooming in churchyards and I’ve noticed patches of daffodils getting ready to pop open and flower.

Here the sun is out today and the temperature is rising just a little.   Spring is a beautiful time of year and I thought I’d share some images of Spring weddings here on the blog to cheer everyone up!  All images courtesy of Pinterest.  While you’re about it, why not come and follow me over on my Pinterest page.

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A beautiful yellow green and white bouquet

 

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Bright yellow daffodils arranged in a milk churn

 

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Simple tied bouquet with herbs, mixed daffodils and narcissi

 

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Fresh and crisp spring tablescape with primroses and lily of the valley

 

 

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Reception Table set in a field of daffodils
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Pretty teacups filled with spring flowers in a rustic style

             

Media and Magazine Articles

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I am delighted to be appearing hot off the press in the latest edition of the fabulous Creative Brides inspirational wedding and lifestyle magazine.
My top tips for outdoor weddings can be found in the Festival Style Weddings feature pages 14-15.

The gorgeous Spring/Summer 2015 issue features:

  • 50 pages of wedding prettiness
  • Size A5 – perfect for your handbag
  • Unique wedding suppliers from across the South East
  • Latest trends, honeymoon hideaways,
  • DIY projects and floral crowns, real weddings and more…

Read it online here:

You can also read the Autumn/Winter 2014 Magazine here:

You’ll be able to pick up a free copy from Wedding Fairs across the South East or get one delivered to your door for the price of P&P here:  Order a copy!

Here is the Spring/Summer 2014 edition cover which features True Blue Ceremonies in the Q&A/Ask the Expert section.

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Creative Brides’ first magazine was published online only, and you can see here in all its glory Creative Brides Magazine Autumn 2013 – with some beautiful ideas for styling your wedding, as well as real wedding gorgeousness and lots of creative inspiration.