Outdoor Wedding Ceremony | How to Get Married Outside

outdoor wedding ceremony couple walking arm-in-arm up the aisle

An outdoor wedding ceremony brings promises of joy and happiness. Not only that but this type of celebration reflects the love you feel for one another. So, how do you take advantage of the unique setting and plan something special?

Moreover, how do you make everything in the garden rosy for a picture perfect wedding? Well, September, October, November and December fall within the autumn months. So, you will need a contingency plan because of the unpredictable weather.

Let’s face it, an outdoor wedding ceremony at home offers you plenty of scope to set-up a beautiful venue. It will be costly, time consuming and tiring organizing the everything. Nevertheless, you’ll create wonderful memories for you and your guests.

And guess what? Rather than doing all the hard work on your own. I’ve put together some ideas for you, to help you survive it. So, bring your lawn to life and start prepping your outdoor wedding ceremony with this DO’S & DON’T easy step-by-step plan.

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Outdoor wedding ceremony brown wooden board with a timeline of events

Jay Weenig Nolan-95

main image – New Midias

1. License to marry

DO: First, don’t face an uphill struggle and cover up the legal pitfalls. Get a license to marry at home in your garden and the space for your matrimony becomes legally recognised. Furthermore, holding a civil ceremony requires a permit too.

DON’T: And there’s more….don’t let your creative thoughts slide. Design a sophisticated and unique spot to serve alcoholic drinks on your premises. So, obtain permission from your local municipality or town hall.

2• Party tent & decorative arches

DO: But, saying that it should not put you off pottering around looking for rich autumnal garden items. So, hold your ceremonial celebration anywhere in the garden (weather permitting).

DON’T: Forget to pick a section for your gazebo, canopy, hi-spec marquee or macramé arch. Or get inspired to find another remote outdoor landscaped wedding venue nearer to home. But, you can also hire a field for your seasonal party tent.

Outdoor wedding ceremony couple dancing in their garden surrounded by family and friendsimage flickr

3• Indian summer weather predicted

DO: Secondly, as the leaves turn brown and begin to fall the garden can look gorgeous. So, ask a big-hearted family member with a summer house to help out. Better still, there are lot’s of wedding location alternatives for you to greet and welcome your guests.

DON’T: This is really important! With glorious weather predicted (we hope and pray) you can say YES in an enchanted garden. Worried the rain will spoil your beautiful day? Move indoors for the evening celebration.

4. Garden wedding home furniture

DO: What about autumn furniture for your outdoor garden wedding? In a sense, you can avoid using your own. Hire chairs and tables for your occasion. With the help of an events company they’ll simplify things for you.

DON’T: Specialised party companies allow you to adapt your garden into something unique for the day. So, don’t forget to look for inspiration on social media about outdoor furniture setups.

Outdoor wedding ceremony evening reception venue hall with round tables and wooden chairsimage – Jay Weenig

5. Prepare home catering | autumn artisan food

DO: How do you get your invitees to RSVP to your wedding invitation? And how do you elicit a great surprise and evoke excitement? Autumn food, drinks and home catering adds a personal touch to the seasonal event.

DON’T: What’s more, don’t forget to impress your guests. The right catering influences your family and friends experience. So, cook yourselves or hire in a caterer.

6. Wedding sunglasses

DO: The warmest late summer months recorded temperatures in Europe have been as high as 30 °C. So, autumn could bring promises of stunning, glorious and exceptional sunlight. And the best way to protect yours and your guests’ eyes is with wedding shades.

DON’T: Bestow your guests with a useless gift. With sunglasses their eyes will not be harmed from the strong sun rays. Most importantly, they can fully enjoy and celebrate your day with you.

Outdoor wedding ceremony brown table with grey guestbook, pen and flowers image – Jay Weenig

7. Live music | outdoor entertainment | dress code

DO: With an explosion of autumn colour in your garden and groundbreaking décor, complete your setting with live music, entertainment and a dress code. So, think about a unique theme such as Cinderella, Halloween or the Great Gatsby.

DON’T: Underestimate a good incentive for your guests, let them be your host and DJ (use Spotify). It simplifies the wedding planning costs. Alternatively, arrange a master of ceremonies or planner to assist you on your day.

8. Tidying up

DO: Another thing, this goes without saying. Once the celebrations are over there is the issue of tidying up the garden. What’s more, you’ll need to get things in order, again.

DON’T: Doing all the chores yourself is not a good idea. Book a cleaning firm. Hire professional trusted cleaners they will do a great job to take care of the chaos after your autumn wedding outdoors.

Outdoor wedding 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 Ryan Smith Photography at www.myrtlebeachphotography.org

9. Getting things in order

DO: In addition, let a cleaning company do all the hard work this fall. With there help, and advice you can get your house and garden clutter free.

DON’T:  Leaving your house in a mess is not an option. Get it back in tip top gleaming shape again. And you’ll be ready for the honeymoon phase in your relationship!

10. Notify the neighbours with a courtesy letter

DO: Finally, the major factor that can affect the success of your outdoor garden wedding is your neighbours. Inform them about your plans this autumn. They will appreciate it. Let them know you’re having guests over to celebrate.

DON’T: One of the most important things is not to forget your neighbours. There could be a lot of people turning up. The music, chatting and laughter could get loud, and quite parking-intensive. Tip: Send them a courtesy letter about your outdoor wedding party.

Outdoor wedding ceremony couple walking laughing and holding handsimage | Cat Mayer



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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots 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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