You want to marry? And would you like a wedding in the open air? Good choice! However, you should pay attention to one or the other. 6 helpful tips on how your outdoor wedding becomes a dream wedding.
Giving his affectionary word to his sweetheart under the bright blue sky for a happy twittering of birds and celebrating the newly sealed love with him and the guests in sunset scenery – who would say no to that? It’s no wonder that many couples dream of having an outdoor wedding – and most of those who choose to rave about it afterwards.
However, having an outdoor wedding in advance generally requires more planning than a celebration that takes place indoors. We’ll tell you what to think about at an outdoor wedding – and give you tips and ideas on how to best prepare yourself.
Outdoor Ceremony: Special Features and Tips
1. The weather
If you want to celebrate your wedding outside, you basically need two plans: Plan A for good weather and Plan B for rain.
A few hints for your plan A:
- Make sure that you and the guests drink enough in case it is very hot, and provide enough non-alcoholic drinks
- Provides enough shady spots
- Think of sunscreen , if necessary also for the guests (you could, for example, provide sunscreen in the washrooms)
- Otherwise: Enjoy and enjoy the beautiful weather !
Hints for your plan B:
- Choose a location where you can move inside if needed at short notice or
- Get tents that can be set up spontaneously in an emergency or
- During the wedding ceremony, keep umbrellas ready for you and your guests during the wedding ceremony
- Bad weather, especially rain showers, does not automatically mean that your outdoor wedding must fall into the water or be ruined. Be prepared for the emergency and then make the best of it !
2. The location
If you just want to celebrate your wedding or free wedding outside , but want to hold civil and church marriage in registry office or church, just the same applies as with any major outdoor party:
- Calculated when booking the location necessarily a long lead time .
The months spent outdoors are limited in Central Europe (generous from April to October, but more likely from May to September), so the most beautiful places are often sold out long in advance.
On the other hand, if you want to celebrate the church ceremony outside, it depends on how your pastor or priest stands – just ask! If your perfect desire location is outside of your church , you generally need a so-called dimissoriale (“discharge permit”), which your church can issue to you.
If, on the other hand, your civil marriage takes place outside, the location must fulfill various requirements , eg. B.
- lie within the registry office district,
- be safe from possible hazards and disturbances and
- The ceremony may not take place in your personal garden either.
Some registry offices now offer appointments to alternative locations such as castles or old villas, where you can wonderfully connect your outdoor wedding with the official part. Also registry offices at the sea allow couples to marry on the beach . Just get in contact with your registry office and clarify this personally. In any case, however, you will have to pay an extra charge if the registrar is to leave his office for you.
3. Missing equipment
Remember: In nature, there are no sockets and taps. Should you choose a more remote location where there is no house with power and water connections nearby, you or your wedding planner will have to take care of the electricity and mobile washrooms.
Even the caterer faces special challenges in the wilderness : cooling and keeping food warm without kitchen, sockets and Co. is difficult. That’s why it’s best to engage absolute professionals at an outdoor wedding for the catering – and to put the girlfriend off to a big celebration for the first wedding anniversary with the newly founded catering start-up.
4. Natural conditions
Mosquitoes, bees, or soaked ground – considering that when you’re out in the open, not everything is clean, sterile, and designed to accommodate a wedding party. If your wedding is to take place in a meadow, you need appropriate seating, which does not tip over easily or sink in when someone sits on it. However, on the other hand, you can also wonderfully incorporate the natural elements in the design of your celebration, for example, by being inspired by the decoration of nature and the environment .
5. Note to the guests
In your wedding invitations, as a bridal couple, you should explicitly inform your guests that the wedding is taking place outdoors . You can also give them a few tips with the invitation. B. thinking about sunscreen or insect repellent, possibly have warm clothes to cover or the like. You do not have to write such ideas on the beautiful invitation card – you can wrap it up as an insert in the envelope or send it by e-mail, but at an outdoor wedding, it’s always better to actively inform and prepare the guests.
6. Flexibility and serenity
As you can see, there is a lot to consider at an outdoor wedding. But if you expect that you may not be able to plan and control every detail right down to the last detail, your celebration can become something very special. Are details and predictability important to you? Then maybe you should think again about another way than to marry outside. Are you and your friends flexible and relaxed? Have fun with the wedding dance with the setting sun !