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Provided the weather stays on your side, an outdoor wedding ceremony can offer a sense of freedom and a picture perfect setting to the most memorable day of your life. Ideal for the outdoorsy type, a wedding ceremony set in the heart of mother nature is the perfect alternative to the traditional indoor ceremony.
Here are some outdoor ideas to inspire your wedding plans…
Country House Hotel
A wedding ceremony set on the grounds of a stunning country house is the perfect location for the traditionalist who loves the outdoors. Hand Picked Hotels offer a charming selection of hotels that were formerly country houses across the United Kingdom where you can merge tradition with nature’s beauty.
Set in the tranquil surroundings of the New Forest, Rhinefield House Hotel has a beautiful outdoor dome where you can hold your wedding ceremony for up to 130 guests. Set amongst beautiful land and quaint gardens, this country house setting allows your guests to wander freely around the grounds and makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding day snaps, any time of the year.
For the countryside lovers, as a twist on traditional indoor venues, barnyards offer some rustic charm to proceedings.
Bring the outdoors in by having your ceremony in a barn complete with hay bales, line dancing and cowboy hats. Or if the rodeo theme is a little too yee-haw for you, you could juxtapose the barnyard setting with traditional wedding decor including bridal flower arrangements and white linen covered tables.
This is the ideal location if you don’t want to take a chance and rely on good weather for your big day, but would still be a memorable and unique twist on wedding tradition.
With the sand between your toes and a coastal breeze, the beach is the perfect outdoor wedding venue that merges tradition with nature.
Views of the open sea with a steel drum band as the soundtrack to your day will create an exotic and unique atmosphere for your wedding, regardless of location in the world.
Mixing the formalities and tradition of exchanging vows with laid back beach vibes, your wedding day will be a memorable one.
A festival themed wedding could be a unique choice for music lovers. Every music genre from classical to techno, or rock to pop can play host to your own individual outdoor wedding festival.
For rock ’n’ roll fans, host your wedding in a hired field or park where you can create a festival atmosphere where guests can dance the night away to a live band. If you love techno music, consider hiring a DJ to play in a warehouse and get your guests into the spirit with glow sticks & strobe lighting.
A fairground wedding is for the fun-loving couple, who would love nothing more than to spend their wedding day riding roller coasters or bumping around on the dodgems.
For a fairground theme, you could go for a cool, Coachella vibe with ferris wheels and a boho dress code or a Grease-inspired 1950’s fairground with swing dresses, waltzers, soda floats and bouffant hair-do’s.
Guests will feel as if they have been transported back to their childhoods while enjoying fairground games and rides. Although hiring fairground equipment will be pricey, can you really put a price on fun?
For the upcoming summer months, combine tradition with outdoor ambience by choosing a wedding venue in the great outdoors for you, your partner and your guests to cherish the memories of forever.
However, if it’s too early for you to be thinking about wedding plans, take a look at our engagement rings or consider creating a bespoke ring & prepare to pop the question to the one you love this summer.