With promises of warmer months ahead, a summer garden wedding may be at the top of your wish list. And just like many couples dream of an outdoor event the unpredictable weather could play up. So, how do you make everything in the garden rosy?
Well, you will need a contingency plan during the warmer, hot and sensual months of the year. With lots of creative thought you can design a sophisticated and unique spot for your special day. Let’s face it, your home offers you plenty of scope to set-up a versatile summer garden wedding venue. It will be costly, time consuming and tiring organizing the celebrations. Nevertheless, you will 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 garden with this ten easy step-by-step plan.
Summer garden wedding
main image Eileen Rivard
1. Licence to marry
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. And there’s more….you can serve alcoholic drinks on your premises. Obtain permission from your local town hall.
2• Party tent
But, saying that it should not put you off. Make a to-do-list for your bold design. And hold your official ceremony anywhere in the garden (weather permitting). Otherwise, pick a section for your gazebo, wedding canopy, or hi-spec marquee or arch. Or insist on another remote outdoor landscaped wedding venue nearer to home. But, you can also hire a field for your party tent.
3• Glorious sunny weather predicted
Secondly ask a big-hearted family member with a summer house to help out. And there are lot’s of wedding location alternatives for you to greet and welcome your guests. With glorious weather predicted (we hope and pray) you can say YES in your garden. Worried the rain will spoil your big day? Move indoors for the evening celebration.
4. Summer garden wedding home furniture
What about furniture for your summer 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. These specialised party companies allow you to adapt your garden into something unique for the day. Otherwise, look for inspiration on social media about outdoor furniture setups.
5. Prepare home catering and recruit artistic friends
How do you get your invitees to RSVP to your summer wedding invitation? And how do you elicit a great surprise and evoke excitement? Home catering adds a personal touch to the big event. What’s more, it’s the defining attribute which influences your family and friends experience. So, cook yourselves or hire in a caterer.
6. Wedding sunglasses
The summer brings promises of bright, warm and exceptional sunlight. And the best way to protect yours and your guests eyes is with wedding shades. Bestowing your family and friends with a gift of sunglasses, means their eyes will not be harmed from the strong sun rays. Most importantly, they can fully enjoy and celebrate your day with you.
7. Live music and summer entertainment
With an explosion of colour in your garden and groundbreaking décor, complete your setting with live music and entertainment. And be your own host and DJ (use Spotify). This is a fab incentive for guests and it simplifies the wedding planning costs. Alternatively, arrange a master of ceremonies or wedding planner to assist you on your day.
8. Tidying up
Another thing, once the celebrations are over there is the issue of tidying up and getting things in order, again. Rather than doing all the chores yourself book a cleaning firm. Hire professional trusted cleaners they will do a great job to take care of the chaos.
9. Getting things in order
In addition, let a cleaning company do the hard work; they can help, and advice you on how to get your house and garden clutter free. And the overriding factor is, your home and garden will be back in tip top gleaming shape again!
10. Notify the neighbours with a courtesy letter
Finally, the major factor that can affect the success of your summer garden wedding is your neighbours. Inform them about your plans. They will appreciate it. Let them know you’re having guests over to celebrate. 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 party in the garden
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