Outdoor Wedding Inspiration, Planning Ideas and Advice

Outdoor wedding couple embraced kissing in the garden under a brightly lighted tree

Outdoor ceremonies have an air of intimacy, romance, beauty and excitement. Fancy staging an outdoor wedding? Congratulations! Your engaged and getting married. So, learn how to plan an envigorating and leisurely wedding celebration.

Alfresco ceremonial weddings and small marriages in a private dwelling are perfect for nature-loving couples. Planning an officiated ceremony combined party reception is fun but tough. In reality, transforming your home into an outdoor wedding venue costs time, energy and money.

So, here’s what you can do to keep on track of your garden wedding fund. First opt for a small civil ceremony at the registrars office. Thereafter you are free to stage a open-air wedding, with all the extra special touches of a big bash. Let’s get your beautiful casual party started…


 guests signage on grass

Socially-distanced home outdoor weddings means couples can try something new and nonconformist – plan an unrestricted alfresco ceremony.

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Do you have the right patio for an out-of-doors altar? Perhaps bank of mum and dad can help you arrange a dream place. What about the cosy house where you grew up in? Your parents new home or your best friends penthouse apartment will do. Could you host your wedding at their country home?.  No harm in asking right?


Have you swooned over incredible Instagram images of outdoor weddings with twinkling lights? Well, you probably would like to know it actually works in real life. An outdoor of the house celebration no power source is a no go. Rock my wedding has great tips about lighting up your alfresco wedding. www.rockmywedding.co.uk


outdoor wedding flamboyant sweeping staircase with satin wedding dress hanging from the wooden bannister

NL Weddings: Permitted ceremonies outdoors and indoors


Look at it this way, for a nominal fee you can encompass all your social distancing wedding ideas? Imagine creating a flamboyant wedding ceremony in the garden. Surrounded by love ones and friends it’s going to ooze love. So, before the enormous undertaking, design a wedding to-do-list. It will keep you sane during the planning.

thuis trouwen outdoor garden wedding timeline of events

Post-Covid-19 Weddings in the UK: Proposals to grant celebrant wedding ceremonies outdoors and at home – www.bbc.com


Your dream home wedding can be anything you want it to be. What about a pastel-inspired colour palette, neon colours, bold bright colours or a nude wedding scheme, you can go for it. Need some inspiration? Hitched.UK reveals the beautiful colour combinations you need to consider. Get ready to find your perfect palette!


dream home wedding Thuis trouwen tafelschikking dekken volgens de etiquette


Another thing do you have an official certificate to hold your wedding at home? Arrange this immediately at the town hall.  Moreover, hire a mobile bar and serve booze, food, cocktails, canapes and champagne on the premises. And don’t forget the cake and sweets. But how much do you ration per guest? Use a wedding calculator.

dream home wedding night-time ceremony couple kissing in the garden surrounded by lights

We had a little fun in the rain and cold last night after the reception ended early. I thought this long exposure turned out pretty neat. image credit flickr


Secondly, your homegrown garden wedding needs to look aesthetically pleasing, breathtaking and appealing. So, think about staging, lighting and the overall decor. This will add the finishing touch and create an outdoor wedding wow factor.


Is your outdoor ceremony legal? No, get officially married first or obtain an approved venue license. How? Easy peasy go to your nearest local authority. Acquire about the legal documents, steps and precautions needed for a wedding at your home.

dream home wedding outdoors and at home invitation


Outdoors means being exposed to the elements. So, collect budding ideas about protecting you and your guests. If weather permits you’ll need no covering. But, it’s wise to have a plan B. Align your ethical values with the climate change. From a marquee, canopy, gazebo to a yurt these easy up tents have got you covered.


Coupled with that consider the financial side of things. So, whether you are budget-conscious or busy estimating the funds; you’ll need plenty of cash. Speculate the costs and make sure to tie the knot without tipping over your wedding budget. 

man and woman standing in a garden

Outdoor wedding ceremonies, whether you plan an afternoon, late evening or midnight affair you can plan it in your garden.

images: Krista


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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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