First imagine the backdrop for your majestic dinner reception under the starlit sky… Is it a beautiful Australian beach? A remote tropical island? A picturesque vineyard or olive grove? A private estate? From idyllic islands and scenic vineyards to the desert-scapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia boasts stunning locations for an outdoor wedding. You can go as far as Seychelles, Bali or Fiji to make your oceanfront soiree, Tuscany or French Provence which offer dreamy countryside settings or safari retreats in Africa where you will find unspoiled wilderness. Some luxury resorts in Australia and around the world specialise in organising outdoor wedding receptions, but you can also create the romantic setting yourself with a little help of stylists, florists and caterers.
Once you find the ideal location for your outdoor wedding, you should double check the weather conditions and choose the driest and warmest month for your celebration. If there is even a small chance that the rain can ruin your plans, make sure to have a plan B prepared. Book an indoor venue, rent a clear marquee or a tipi or consider renting a beautiful villa where you and your guests will be accommodated but which can also double as a reception venue.
Since you have chosen such an idyllic setting, your food and drink should be unique as well. The idea is to have an extraordinary dining experience – a feast for all your senses! If you have picked a private retreat which offers both outstanding outdoor locations for private dining and superb menus then you are sorted. If you found a wonderful spot which is a little more isolated you will need to book a catering service which will prepare delicious meals on location. You might need to think of some other practical issues such as power supply and insect repellents. Make sure that you have absolutely everything you and your guests might need and that nothing spoils the romance of your event.
With such a majestic natural setting under a canopy of stars, you don’t need too many wedding decorations. Keep it simple with long rustic wooden tables, lush floral centrepieces that perfectly complement the surroundings and scattered candles across the table. If you are hosting your wedding reception by the ocean bring ocean-inspired elements into play such as seashells, pebbles, starfish or coral. Strings of fairy lights or paper lanterns suspended above the tables will also add ambience to the space.
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Orator Hotel, Samoa
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