Things You Must Consider When Planning a Garden Wedding
Outdoor weddings can add an element of natural elegance to your big day, and many couples are choosing to forego traditional churches and host their weddings in gardens, at beaches, or in parks.
A garden wedding may appeal for a variety of reasons. Costs may be lower than a traditional wedding, outdoor settings make for beautiful wedding photos, and, if the couple are lucky enough to have a friend or family member with a large garden, they won’t have to go through the headache of finding and booking a venue. If you’re wondering how to plan a garden wedding, you may find that it is easier than you expected. However, planning what may be the most important day of your life is still likely to involve a lot of work, no matter the size of your wedding. If you’re thinking about planning a garden wedding, here are the main things you need to consider.
The size of the garden
Long before you think about what lighting will best suit your wedding or what colour your bridesmaids’ dresses are going to be, think about what kind of garden you can envision getting married in. Deciding roughly the number of guests that you would like to invite will help to narrow your focus; once you’ve figured out if your wedding will be small, medium, or large, you can decide on its location. Will you use a garden belonging to a friend, find a garden resort, or hire one on a vineyard?
The importance of creating an enjoyable environment
Remember that even though by the time the big day arrives you will have spent months planning your wedding, your guests will not know your location’s layout as intricately as you do. Provide space in the garden that is clearly available to guests who wish to gather in groups, so there’s no need for awkward hovering while people decide where is appropriate to stand or sit. Ensure that you have made the layout relatively easy to traverse, and remember to create signs for amenities such as bathrooms. If you’re having a summer wedding, it may also pay to have the area sprayed beforehand to rid the garden of any nasty pests – nobody wants to be itching multiple bites while they’re listening to speeches!
How to account for the weather
Hopefully, the weather on your big day will behave exactly as you always dreamed it would, but this will not necessarily be the case, and you do not want to be unprepared. Hire a tent to act as protection from both light rain and the hot sun. Generally, people do not enjoy being outdoors without shade for the entire day, so consider having a relaxing space for guests to enjoy in the tent if they wish to take a break. If you’re wanting to decrease your chances of temperamental weather, maybe consider a tropical wedding destination – there are plenty of lush garden resorts to choose from. Regardless of location, you should always plan for a backup space in the case of rain. The simplest way to account for this is to ensure that the garden your wedding is taking place in is attached to, or close to, a suitable backup location – for example, if the wedding is taking place in a relative’s garden, ensure that the house is suitably prepared for guests in the case of rain.
Other things of importance when planning a garden wedding include making sure you have an adequate power source if you’re using a home garden as well as making sure guests have access to cold water at all times, especially in the summer months.
Garden weddings have the potential to be exceptionally romantic and enjoyable. By planning for all possible scenarios, you will ensure that your garden wedding runs smoothly and that you reap the rewards of all your planning!
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