Outdoor Wedding Options
Struggling to pick your wedding day venue? Wherever your preferences lie on the style spectrum from understated to ostentatious - the answer may be literally just outside your door. Open-air locations have the potential to bring you a wonderfully memorable and personalized ceremony and the only limit is your imagination!
Timing is Everything
Outdoors doesnt necessarily mean daytime. Yes, a glorious sunny day can feel magical; but there are other routes to a fairytale wedding. If your area is famed for its gorgeous red sunsets, capture the romance of the evening and take advantage of that beautiful natural backdrop. Or consider a nighttime ceremony with a candlelit aisle for a hauntingly romantic walk towards your groom under the stars. Tears all round but only the good kind of course!
Live your dreams on your wedding day. Pick the house youd live in if you were a multi-squillionaire and make that the site for your nuptials. Of course, realizing your fantasies doesnt need to mean holding your wedding in the grounds of a sprawling country estate; if the home you covet is a simple rustic cabin in the forest, take your guests back to nature and hold a warm and personal ceremony there.
Beach weddings can be anything from spontaneous and crazy (slip on a white bikini and youre good to go) to truly the most perfectly moving events imaginable. There are so many ways to approach a beach wedding that it would require a separate post to explore them fully, but one thing tends to be true in every case: they work best for much smaller weddings (600 guests piling onto the sand tend to spoil the carefree atmosphere a little). If youre planning to keep your invitations to a minimum though, the beach could be right up your, well, aisle.
All Hands on Deck
Yachts make a fantastic, dreamlike venue for weddings. Say your vows against the stunning scenery of the blue, blue ocean, contrasting gorgeously with your white dress. Then by night, white fairylights and candles transform the deck into the perfect place to share a first dance that neither you nor your groom will ever forget.
Flowers are traditionally the natural complement to the beauty of a bride so surrounding yourself with as many as possible will only help bring out your radiance! Pick a field filled with your favorite blooms for a truly back-to-nature ceremony you can even go barefoot. Just warn your guests to take their hay fever medication first!
More at home at a bar than up a mountain? Dont worry, that stunning open-air ceremony can still be yours. What about finding a rooftop with astonishing views of the city you love? The higher the building, the more breathtaking and dramatic your wedding and needless to say, cosmopolitans will be the cocktail of choice at the reception.
Whatever you do, ensure you have a bad weather backup plan - even if its as simple a hiring a gazebo and your outdoor celebration will go off without a hitch.