It may not have escaped your notice that weddings are getting more and more creative. A great many couples are forgoing the traditional indoor affair and are instead opting to mark their big day outdoors.
The Vino Van has provided the fizz at some wonderful outdoor weddings and we’ve learned more than a thing or two in the process! So, how do you plan an outdoor wedding? Here are our top ten tips for making sure your day goes smoothly.
1.Give me shelter. Even in the height of summer we are at the mercy of the great British weather, therefore some kind of shelter, whether it’s a marquee, barn or even a canopied area, is essential to take cover in. It can easily double up as the evening venue too.
2.I’ve got the power. That beautiful barn you’ve been coveting might be a bit light on electricity. The Vino Van has its own generator so we can set up and serve bubbles anywhere. And we very often do, but your band will thank you for an electric hook up when they come to plug in the amps…
3.If you’re planning your wedding somewhere off the beaten track make sure that you’ve got good signs for your guests to follow. This is also crucial for hired help too. Nobody wants to be driving around windy country roads with a wedding cake on board!
4.Ensure that allocated parking is accessible, even if the weather is less than favorable.
5.Providing your own transport? You’d better check that the vintage bus you’ve got your heart set on is suitable for the location.
6.Get your permit of approval of premises ticked off for a wedding anywhere other than a chapel, church or approved wedding venue> https://www.gov.uk/approval-of-premises-for-civil-marriage-or-civil-partnership. Don’t worry about your TENS (Temporary Events Notice) for serving alcohol, we’ll sort that out.
7.Beat the chill. Even in the summer it’s pretty much guaranteed that it’ll be chilly at night. Think about having a basket full of lightweight blankets for guests to wrap up in. Consider unexpected rain showers too and provide a stash of umbrellas to save those beautiful hair styles.
8.Having fun with props to match the wedding theme makes all the difference. The Vino Van is versatile and we’re more than happy to make sure that it fits in with the order of the day. We love accessorising with hay bales for rustic themed weddings, along with items such as personalised crates> http://applecrates.co.uk/product-category/weddings/ that not only look fantastic on the day but make a great keepsake too.
To match our converted horsebox, we love to work alongside Hoofbooth> https://www.facebook.com/HorseBoxWeddings/ who have created a beautiful photo booth from a horsebox.
9.If you’re planning an outdoor wedding then you’re going to have to think carefully about footwear. We’ve seen some brilliant brides rocking their wellies with their dress. We love these> http://www.wonderfulwellies.co.uk/best-wedding-wellies/
10.Get your lighting right and you can create a really magical vibe in the evening – and your guests will be able to see each other too, of course! Fairy lights draped around trees and metal chandeliers are beautiful as are pathways of storm lanterns. Clusters of tea lights in recycled jam jars are cheap and effective too. For other areas electric spotlights will add definition.
An outdoor wedding can be a truly wonderful experience. If you’d like more information on planning yours then drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help you.