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Five Things To Consider When Planning An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Rachel Evans

Thinking of getting married outside? With so many beautiful venues to choose from, offering stunning landscapes to host an outdoor wedding ceremony, it seems like a no-brainer right? From the fresh air to the scenery and of course, the opportunity for truly exquisite wedding photography thanks to natural lighting, there’s nothing we love more.

That Amazing Place, Essex wedding venue. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video

Before you make your final decision however, we have a few things you need to consider before saying, “I do” underneath that beautiful sky.

That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Vicki Watts Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Vicki Watts Photography.

Outdoor Wedding Season

Your option for wedding dates will depend greatly on the location of your wedding. If you’re getting married abroad, then chances are you’re going to have plenty of opportunity for sunny skies. Getting married in the UK? Your time is slightly more limited. Your ideal months to host an outdoor wedding ceremony will be between June and September. Pay attention to your seasons.

That Amazing Place, Essex wedding venue. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video

Timing And Lighting

This is one of the biggest factors to consider. The time of day you hold your outdoor wedding ceremony will affect everything; from lighting to temperature and it can make or break your guest experience as well as your photos.

That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Vikki Watts Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Vikki Watts Photography.

Think of the direction of your ceremony. Will the sun be shining in their eyes? Will it be at the hottest point of the day or will it leave harsh shadows for the photographer? The best light for most is when the sun is lower in the sky. Photographers call it the golden hour!

Have a Plan B

While we wouldn’t want to rain on your parade, good old British weather doesn’t really mind and tends to open its gates right at the most inappropriate moment. Take into consideration the likelihood of it raining and ensure a stress free day with a Plan B such as an indoor area where you can swiftly relocate the ceremony, should you need to of course.

That Amazing Place, Essex wedding venue. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Paul Hubbard Photo and Video

Accessibility

While having an outdoor wedding ceremony within a beautiful landscaped garden sounds beautiful, it can become problematic for those with accessibility issues. Depending on the terrain involved, it may be worth considering a form of assistance from wheelchairs to golf carts. It may even be worth finding a more convenient path ahead of time. Paved pathways are best as well as venues that offer an alternative path avoiding steps.

That Amazing Place, Essex wedding venue
That Amazing Place, Essex

Remember Water And Fans

If the coming summer is anything like last years, then you’ll want to ensure all guests as well as your wedding party have enough cold drinks and fans to keep themselves cool. Keep people hydrated and feeling fresh and you’ll ensure a happy party of guests for the entire day. It may even be advisable to offer a marquee for shade, for those wanting to escape the heat at the very hottest part of the day.

That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Carly Brown Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Carly Brown Photography.

This is a guest post by the stunning Essex wedding venue, That Amazing Place. With photography by Paul Hubbard Photo & Video, Vikki Watts Photography, Carly Brown Photography, Paul Grace Photography, Leanne West Photography.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies At That Amazing Place

Here at That Amazing Place, we have beautifully landscaped gardens that offer the most picturesque backdrops for happy couples to say, “I do”.

What’s more, our team of directors are here to ensure your outdoor wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch. Need a more accessible pathway? We’ll create it. Need a back up plan incase the heavens open? We have that ready in the bag. You name it, our team will make it happen with ease.

For more information on our countryside wedding venue in Essex, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

All remaining dates in December 2019, January 2020 and February are now discounted.  

 

That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Paul Grace Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Paul Grace Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Leanne West Photography.
That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Leanne West Photography.

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That Amazing Place, Essex. Photo by Jessy Papasavva Photography.

 

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