The Great Outdoors

Do you have a romantic dream of marrying your loved one with nothing but blue skies and sunshine above your heads? As the weather starts to become slightly warmer, and with the promise of longer days, now is the perfect time to consider an outdoor ceremony.

The outdoors can be very romantic, with countless opportunities for stunning photos and a wonderful chance for bohemian wedding themes, garden games or simply a delightful drinks reception in the open air. Exchanging your vows surrounded by beautiful gardens can make any day memorable, and while you may not want to think about things that could go wrong, it is always best to have a backup plan (just in case!). Having an outdoor wedding means you have to be prepared for all eventualities so nothing can dampen your day. British summer weather is not the most reliable and does not always guarantee blue skies, so if it does happen to rain, you should ensure your wedding venue provides you with an indoor location.

The natural beauty surrounding you means that you have less to do in terms of decorations, but you can still add some extra decorations to make it look even more amazing. Why not include small decorations hanging from the trees such as ribbon bows or colourful bunting. A week or so before the big day, ensure the venue has mown the grass, raked the ground and the flowers have bloomed. When picking flowers, blooms such as roses, zinnias and dahlias stand up to gusts and rain better than delicate blossoms. When it comes to lighting for your outdoor ceremony or reception, candle lanterns placed in the trees or twinkling tea lights lining pathways can be very pretty and provide a cosy glow. 

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Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to make the most of the warmer weather and the blooming gardens. It also means you have an ideal outdoor space for your drinks reception with garden games, live Jazz band or string quartets, summer cocktails and fun canapés. An outdoor wedding also provides you with the perfect opportunity to experiment with colours. Why pick the one colour theme when you can experiment with different tones and hues of colour? Consider having different coloured bridesmaid dresses so you can experiment with various shades.

Here at Exclusive, we are blessed with the most beautiful grounds and are fully licensed for civil ceremonies. We can provide you with a beautiful outdoor ceremony at each of our properties, with the unique opportunity to marry with stunning backdrops should the sun shine down on your special day. We would love to show you around, so call us today to take a look at our stunning properties.

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