With the end of official lockdown and a growing easing of restrictions, many Brits are looking forward to an events-filled summer and a slow return to semi-normality.
For those who have gotten engaged over the past year, or have had to postpone or cancel their wedding, the easing of restrictions is a blessing – finally, they can start to contemplate their wedding celebrations! If you are hoping to celebrate your nuptials this summer but are concerned about the purported restrictions on indoor guest numbers, an outdoor wedding could be exactly what you need to ensure that all your nearest and dearest get to celebrate your special day alongside you.
First things first, it’s essential that you consider the basics of what you will require. This means calculating your budget – what is the absolute most you can or are willing to spend on your wedding? – working out guest numbers (be brutal – if you haven’t spoken to them in the past 6 months, nix them from your list), and choosing a selection of dates that you would be happy to celebrate your nuptials on. Once you have a date set, you can apply for a marriage licence – an essential step that many couples are seemingly unaware of.
Finding the Right Suppliers
As outdoor ceremonies and celebrations have become more popular over the past few years, the number of suppliers focusing on this type of event has multiplied.
The very first consideration should be about your supply of electricity and lighting, as these will form the basis of your celebration. An excellent place to start is to search for event production hire at companies such as Energy Distribution Hire. With this company, you can provide an outline of your event and relevant details on an enquiry form, and you will then be instructed on bespoke packages that would suit your celebration. With an experienced and fully qualified team on your side, you’ll be sure to identify everything you need.
Once this aspect is sorted, you can then start sending out enquiries to other suppliers, including traditional caterers or exciting food pop-ups, staffed bars, flowers and venue decorators, food chillers, and toilets. Some outdoor event companies have connections with a range of suppliers and may be able to offer packages that include some of these elements, helping to reduce the overall cost – it’s always worth asking for advice!
Choosing Your Theme
Picking a theme that represents you and your partner can be tricky, particularly in an industry that tends to focus on very specific types of wedding that is more about an aesthetic than a reflection of the couple getting married. Look for innovative UK wedding companies aimed at more ‘alternative’ couples. You’re sure to find inspiration for your wedding – whether you want a festival-style theme, a Halloween-themed wedding, or a 50s Rockabilly function!
Small Yet Thoughtful Touches
DIY weddings offer the perfect opportunity to create a wedding that is truly reflective of ‘you’. To elevate this element further, there are plenty of Pinterest ideas to look through to help you include personal touches your guests will appreciate:
- making some of the food for the day – whether it’s a picnic-style spread or a roster of homemade desserts
- DIYing guests’ favours – mini jam pots, wildflower seeds, or little homemade trinkets
- providing blankets, umbrellas, cushions, and flip flops for guests to enjoy
- placing a range of toiletries in guest bathrooms
- recruiting family and friends in making the different aspects of your day – from food to invites to outdoor decoration
Whatever your wedding plans are, this summer looks set to be one full of celebrations of love across the UK. So, what are you waiting for? Get planning!