If your wedding or reception venue has an outdoor space, your guests will inevitably gravitate towards this if the weather’s good; so use this as a great excuse to make the garden space look as beautiful as the rest of your day.
Cora Norrey, Category Manager for Weddings for Not on the High Street tells us all about a few simple additions that can really help to bring an outdoor wedding space to life and give it a good dose of your own personal style.
Step 1: Signage
From giving direction to the reception itself to letting guests know where things are (who wants to spend the day telling guests that the loos are “back inside, and second on the left”?) signage can be both super useful and can also act as a great focal point for your outside wedding.
String up signs with ribbons that match the main colours for your big day and let the ends trail to the ground to add even more colour.
If you want your guests to share photos of your big day on Instagram, make sure they add the right hashtag so you can explore all the great photos later (ie, when your back from honeymoon with so much time on your hands cos you aren’t planning the best day ever!)
Instagram Handmade Wooden Wedding Sign
Step 2. Balloons
Outdoor spaces are often the perfect backdrop for both formal and informal photos so give your photographer something fun to work with and your guests something to get snap happy with.
Balloons are a great way to add wow factor to your outside wedding space (not to mention the fact that kids will love you forever when you tell them that they can take one home with them at the end of the day!)
Make use of the open space and limitless height with a balloon walkway. Either keep the balloon tails all one length or use gradated lengths to create a fantastic fun entrance way or to create a colourful backdrop for photos.
Photography by Jen Fariello via Elizabeth Anne Designs
If you are having your photos taken outside and you want to use props, balloons do work really well as do other natural looking props – using this moss wreath as a cute prop would look fantastic and it doubles as a summer time door wreath afterwards.
Large Real Moss Heart
STEP 3: Make use of the garden that’s already there and keep it for later
Make use of the trees and any outdoor structures by stringing up bunting and garlands. Whether your style is bright and bold or classically elegant, bunting and garlands can really help bring a space together and is an easy way to put your stamp on it.
As the sun sets, keep the outside looking lovely with lanterns and fairy lights. Invest in a load of battery operated tea lights so that no one needs to panic about open flames and you will use them at every garden party you have for ages after. Battery or solar operated fairy lights are also a great way to decorate trees and shrubs in the evening.
Photography by Chloé Browne at caughtthelight.com
STEP 4: Be prepared
Whether it’s boiling hot or it looks like rain, being prepared is key.
Provide your guests with fans that double up as an order of service and they’ll keep cool in the sun shine.
But of course it’s also best to plan for rain – it is Britain after all. And of course, it’s sod’s law that if you’ve got an umbrella, it won’t rain! But rain won’t stop play at a wedding, get creative and use it to your advantage for some fab photo opportunities.
Ariel Renae Photography / arielrenaephoto.com
Finally – have fun. There is no right or wrong when it comes to decorating your big day, if you love it, if it makes you happy, do it!