Planning an outdoor wedding can be tough ...

Outdoor Weddings

… especially if you are creating your wedding venue from scratch in a field for a marquee or tipi wedding day. Depending where you are planning an outdoor wedding, there will be various different amount of infrastructure available to you without bringing it in. I’m talking toilet, water, power …. the basics! 


So as an specialist and experienced outdoor wedding planner, if you were to ask me the top 10 things that you need for planning an outdoor wedding what would you need? Here we go! 

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Top 10 things to think about when planning an outdoor wedding

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1. Land

You need to find a site first – it’s kinda essential! Perhaps something with stunning views? A river? Room for glamping? There are lots of venues now which hire out there grounds like Fillongley Hall. 

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2. Marquee, tipi, sailcloth, yurt ...

Structure next. So many options / styles to consider. Depending on step 1. you may have already chosen a venue with specific suppliers e.g. a dedicated tipi wedding venue. Choose the marquee which is right for you! When it comes to planning an outdoor wedding this one is key! 

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3. Power

It’s pretty certain you are going to need a generator. Let your supplier for 2. advise you on what you need & always get the generator company advise you on how much fuel / size. No-one expects you to be an electrician!  Make sure you consider back up plans if there is a problem with the power supply. 

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4. Lighting

You need to light up all the walkways for later in the evening. No-one wants Granny Smith falling over going back to her car. For example, you could rent festoon or flood lighting 

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5. Refrigeration

Your drinks need to be cold. There is nothing worse than warm white wine! You’ll probably need a fridge unit bringing in unless your bar company isn’t dealing with it all for you. You can also use it to store ice short term too!  

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6. Water

You might not have a water supply in the field. Or, if you do, is it drinking water? When was it last tested? Do consider the environment and avoid purchasing loads of plastic bottled water.  You can now hire in water butts which are much more eco friendly. Make sure you have recycling bins available

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7. Heating

Depending on the time of year you might need some heating. Usually you can decide this the week before when you have seen a more accurate weather forecast. Providing blankets for guests is always a nice idea. 

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8. Wet weather plan

You always need one! If you’re having an outdoor ceremony what happens if it rains? Do you have room to go inside? If you’re having food vans, how will people get to them without getting wet? When your planning an outdoor wedding you always should consider the weather.

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9. Get some help

Of course I would say this, but always get yourself a helper on the day to manage the site for you. A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold and can deal with pretty much any scenario!

Planning an outdoor wedding isn't all hard work ...

and finally .... 10. Have fun!

Outdoor weddings are AMAZING for doing all kinds of unique things.  Outdoor photobooths, alpacas ( my favourite), birds of prey (great for children), mini golf, fairground rides and games ….. the list is endless! 

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