We know the temperamental British climate doesn’t always allow for outdoor celebrations but if you are planning an Essex wedding between April and September, there’s a strong chance you’ll get a gorgeous day for your wedding celebrations. If you’re considering an outdoor wedding, check out our top 9 tips to nail your outdoor wedding theme.

9 top outdoor wedding ideas

1. Have a backup plan

The number one rule is to choose an indoor-outdoor venue, which boasts the option to hold your venue under cover should the need arise. There’s no guarantee of good weather, even in summer, so arm yourself with a foolproof backup plan with a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor facilities. A popular choice for an outdoor wedding theme is a marquee which affords cover in the situation of a downpour, with the advantage of still feeling like you are outside.

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2. Garden games

An outdoor wedding theme offers a whole realm of new possibilities when it comes to entertaining your guests. Lawn games such as oversized Jenga and Connect 4 will prove as big a hit with the adults as it does with the kids, especially while you and your hubby nip off for those all-important newlywed photos.

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3. Delightful decor

A wedding outside affords you the opportunity to get creative when it comes to decor. Evoke vintage garden party vibes with hanging bunting and delicate draping, while fairylights, romantic candlelight and suspended glass bottles and jars containing floral delights will offer a distinctly ethereal feel. Go bold with brightly coloured streamers, balloons and hanging lanterns, instantly brightening up your surroundings. The theme options are endless so think outside the box and get creative. We say, the more quirky the better!

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4. Sitting comfortably?

Don’t neglect the fact that your guests will need seats just because it’s outdoors. But the good news is there are plenty of alternative choices. Consider hay bales or beanbags should they lend themselves to your theme and as the temperature drops provide cosy blankets to stave off a chill.

5. Fab favours

Complement your outdoor wedding with practical outdoor themed accessories that your guests will thank you for. Provide baskets with mini sunscreen bottles, sunglasses or flip-flops (a hit with ladies who long to dance the night away in comfort). Check out just a few of these options found on Pinterest.

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6. Hit the right note

Providing your venue is licensed, live music will instantly add a festival vibe to your outdoor wedding theme, with a band guaranteed to prove a hit with guests. Ramp it up with glow sticks, face paints and wrist bands to truly take on this trend.

7. Drinks display

An area for drinks will serve as a perfect focal point for your reception, with a cocktails station instantly adding that wow factor with your guests, and you could even concoct and serve your own signature cocktail.

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8. Ice-cream please

A great outdoor wedding idea is to impress your guests by hiring an ice-cream cart or van, which again, is a popular choice with all ages, and a fab alternative to dessert.

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9. Tell guests

Don’t neglect to inform guests of your outdoor theme, allowing them time to give their outfits, hairstyles and footwear choices careful consideration.

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