You want to get married? And do you wish for an outdoor wedding? Good choice! However, you should pay attention to one or the other. 6 helpful tips on how to turn your outdoor wedding into a dream wedding.
To give his treasure under the bright blue sky to cheerful birds twittering the yes-word and in the evening to celebrate the freshly sealed love with him and the guests in sunset scenery – who would say no to that? It is no wonder that many couples dream of a wedding in the open air – and most of those who have decided to do so rave about it afterwards.
However, an outdoor wedding in advance generally requires more planning than an indoor celebration. We’ll tell you what to consider at an outdoor wedding – and give you tips and ideas on how best to prepare for it.
Outdoor wedding: Special features and tips
1. the weather
If you want to celebrate your wedding outside, you basically need two plans: plan A for good weather and plan B for rain.
A few hints for your plan A:
Make sure you and the guests drink enough if it’s very hot, and provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.
Provides enough shady spots
Think of sun protection, if necessary also for the guests (you could provide sun cream for example in the washrooms)
Otherwise: Have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Hints for your plan B:
Choose a location where you can move inside at short notice if needed or
Provide tents that can be erected spontaneously in an emergency or
Keep umbrellas ready for you and your guests for showers during the wedding ceremony.
Bad weather, especially rain showers, does not automatically mean that your outdoor wedding must fall into the water or be ruined. Be prepared for an emergency and make the most of it!
2. the location
If you only want to celebrate your wedding or free wedding outside, but want to have a civil or church wedding in the registry office or church, only the same applies as at any larger outdoor party:
Be sure to allow for a long lead time when booking the location.
The months in which outdoor parties take place are limited in Central Europe (generous from April to October, but rather from May to September), so the most beautiful places are often booked out well in advance.
If, on the other hand, you also want to celebrate the church ceremony outside, it depends first and foremost on how your pastor or priest feels about it – just ask! If your perfect desired location is outside your parish, you will usually need a so-called dimissoriale (“discharge certificate”), which your church can issue to you.
If, on the other hand, your civil wedding is to take place outside, the location must meet various requirements, e.g.
within the registry office district,
be safe from possible hazards and faults and
the ceremony must not take place in your personal garden.
Some registry offices now offer dates at alternative locations such as castles or old villas where you can wonderfully combine your outdoor wedding with the official part. Marriage offices by the sea also usually allow couples to marry on the beach. Just get in touch with your registry office and check it out personally. In any case you will have to pay a surcharge if the registrar has to leave his office for you.
3. missing equipment
Remember, in nature there are no sockets and no taps. If you decide for a more remote place, where there is no house with electricity and water nearby, you have to take care of your Wedding Planner, electricity and mobile washrooms.
The wilderness also poses special challenges for the caterer: Cooling and keeping food warm is difficult without a kitchen, sockets and the like. That’s why it’s best to engage absolute professionals for the catering at an outdoor wedding – and to put your girlfriend off the big celebration for your first wedding day with the newly founded catering start-up.
4. natural conditions
Mosquitoes, bees or soaked soil – keep in mind that not everything at an outdoor wedding is clean, sterile and designed to accommodate a wedding party. If your wedding is to take place in a meadow, you need appropriate seating that won’t tip over or sink in so easily when someone sits on it. On the other hand, you can also beautifully incorporate the natural elements into the design of your celebration, for example by being inspired by nature and the environment to decorate.
5. note to the guests
In your wedding invitations you, the bridal couple, should explicitly inform your guests that the wedding will take place outdoors. You can also give them a few tips with the invitation, such as how to protect yourself from the sun, insects, warm clothes to wear, and so on. You don’t necessarily have to write such ideas on the beautiful invitation card – you can put them in the envelope as an insert or send them by e-mail, but it’s always better to actively inform and prepare your guests for an outdoor wedding.
6. flexibility and composure
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider at an outdoor wedding. But if you are prepared for the fact that you may not be able to plan and control every detail down to the last detail, your celebration can become something very special. Are details and predictability important to you? Then maybe you should think about another way than getting married outside. Are you and your friends flexible and relaxed? Then enjoy the wedding dance with the setting sun!