While crossing their fingers for good weather, those holding their wedding in the summer months may want to make good use of their venue’s stunning outdoor space to make the most of the sunshine.
Everyone wants to eat outside when the sun is shining, so why not create a bit of a festival atmosphere. Take inspiration from Galloping Gourmet’s fabulous food ideas by treating your guests to food stalls and fire pit barbecues – delicious food served in a theatrical style. Who needs additional entertainment? Dot tables and chairs around the area for guests to sit and eat, or choose hay bales for a more boho style.
Cocktails and Canapés
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Even if you decide not to dine outside, make sure you serve your welcome drinks in the great outdoors. Use the nature around you, adorning tables and trays with pretty flowers and serving cocktails decorated with edible flowers.
Make it Snappy!
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Summer months and beautiful gardens are the perfect ingredients to great photographs. Make sure your photographer recce’s the venue beforehand, finding the idyllic spots for those romantic keepsake shots a deux.
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If you’re fortunate to have a relatively flat expanse of grass, why not use it to play some games? Afternoon rounders is always fun, or you might set up giant garden games such as Jenga or Snakes & Ladders. A treasure hunt is a must if you have outdoor space and young guests. Hide clues around the grounds and arrange prizes at the end.
Light it Up
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As the sun sets, create a magical scene with some well-considered lighting. Ideally the venue itself will have some permanent lighting in place to illuminate any buildings and pathways. Think how you might add your own special touches – hanging lights from branches, and fairy lights between trees. You might even create a special ‘chill out’ area with beautiful candles on outdoor tables. Remember that lighting should always draw your guests to an area, and never highlight an area you would prefer them to avoid!
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If you’re fortunate to have beautiful grounds at your venue, introduce entertainment to delight your guests in the evening. Create your very own funfair with carousels and candy floss stalls, ending the night with a finale of fireworks. Just be sure to get approval from the venue before you start booking.
Relish the Ruins
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Think of every statue, ruin or folly as part of your wedding décor. If the venue allows, adorn statues with floral arrangements, serve drinks around historical monuments and incorporate every quirky element in to your big day. You might even decide to tie the knot amongst these beautiful facades. If they are unlicensed for civil ceremonies, there’s nothing to stop you marrying in a register office beforehand and having a humanist ceremony or blessing on the big day.
Embrace the Sunshine
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Prepare your guests for an outdoor celebration by making sure they are comfortable. Provide sunglasses as favours, ensure you have plenty of thirst-quenching drinks on hand, offer heel-covers to stop high shoes sinking into the grass, and print your orders of service on pretty fans. Shade is essential, so create shaded dens between trees, and make sure there are plenty of parasols to hand.