Your Outdoor Wedding

Your wedding ceremony can be held just about anywhere you like, and many couples opt for the great outdoors, either at the beach, on a river bank, in a park, vineyard, or garden, or on the sparkling waters of a harbour for an unforgettable wedding cruise.

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Be creative with the location. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and your venue should be beautiful and meaningful to you both. When planning any outdoor wedding, there are a few logistics to consider. For example, you should select a spot that’s reasonably easy to access, particularly if you have very young children or older relatives among your guests.

You should also discuss your plans with your marriage celebrant, as well as with your photographer, videographer and any musicians you may have hired so that they can make any special arrangements that may be necessary. Parking is another factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. If there isn’t adequate parking at the spot you’ve chosen, arrange for your guests to gather somewhere close by and hire a bus to transport them to and from the wedding.

Remember to that if your chosen wedding venue is a public space, you’ll probably need to obtain permission for its use from the relevant authorities.

If your wedding and reception are to be held at the same location, consider a marquee. A flexible option, a marquee can be erected just about anywhere (as long as you have permission) and can be decorated anyway you choose. However, if there are no kitchens nearby you may need to hire a caterer’s tent and possibly a generator, and also arrange access to a supply of fresh water.

Finally, while an outdoor wedding can be wonderfully romantic and relaxed, always choose an alternative indoor venue in case the weather is less than kind.

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