I absolutely love performing outdoor weddings – about 75 per cent of my high season wedding ceremonies are be held entirely in the open air.
And yes, this is in Great Britain where our summer weather can often be a little unpredictable!
As long as you have a good back-up “bad weather” plan then there’s no reason to discount an outdoor wedding – a few drops of rain or drizzle won’t harm anyone.
Modern weather forecasting is pretty accurate now, and if for instance, a downpour is predicted at 2pm then why not consider moving your ceremony start time to ensure you say your vows before the deluge?
A burst of British summer rain can often be quite refreshing and gone in an instant – the ground can be dry before you know it.
Hand round umbrellas and it can be quite fun – the pictures look great too!
There are so many wonderful outdoor places you can consider when you have a Celebrant-led wedding – you’re not restricted to a property with a civil licence (whether this is a room indoors or some permanent structure outside like a gazebo). It really all boils down to personal choice and what sort of atmosphere you’d like for your big day. Taking a couple’s ideas and helping them have the wedding that they’ve always wanted is the best job ever for me. An outdoor wedding needn’t be all rustic and DIY though, they can look very stylish indeed as at The House Meadow seen above.
To give you some ideas,
these are just some of the outdoor weddings
I’ll be conducting for couples who’ve hired me
in Kent, Medway, Sussex and Surrey:
in an old restored barn festooned with fairy lit beams
under an oak tree next to a wildflower meadow on a farm
in a private garden adjacent to a village green
on landscaped terraced gardens at a quaint Kentish pub
in the gardens of a village hall with room for a hog roast
in the large grounds of a school with a marquee reception
within dappled woodland on a wildfowl nature reserve
in a field on a family home with tipis for the reception
amongst trees and swinging sofas in a woodland hideaway
on the lawns of a well-established country house hotel
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, there are lots of alternative wedding venues open to you – why follow the herd? And don’t worry about the weather! Happy planning!
Don’t Take my Word for It – here’s what people have been saying about True Blue Ceremonies ….
“There just aren’t enough words available to us to thank you for every single wonderful thing you have done for us. You made our wedding magical, meaningful and completely and utterly perfect. We both feel that we were married by a friend and you now have a very special place in our hearts.” Clients Sarah and Ian after their bespoke wedding ceremony.
“I cry my eyes out every time I read your beautiful words – how am I going to get through the ceremony?! It’s so lovely, Katie – thank you so much!” Client Gem, on reading her draft Wedding Ceremony.
“Katie that is amazing, got a lump in my throat reading it.” Client Lindsey, on reading a first draft of her Renewal of Vows Ceremony.
“Hi Katie and so many thanks for performing a wonderful ceremony at our wedding last Saturday – the sun even shined for us. A lot of people commented on how lovely and special it was – I can see why you have so many weddings now to perform!” Clients Anne and Rob, after their bespoke garden wedding ceremony.
“If only we had known about this 7 years ago, instead of having to get married at 4.30pm in a hotel and rush through our celebrations.” Nina, North Wales.
“We’re so pleased that we can recommend Katie to our Brides. She is professional, friendly and always delivers beautifully personalised ceremonies to each and every couple.” Clare, owner of The House Meadow (rustic outdoor wedding venue, Kent).
If you would like a personalised Wedding Ceremony or Renewal of Vows please get in touch with me as soon as you can – the earlier the better, in order to research, plan and write your unique, bespoke script. All the very best, Katie. x
I love to conduct outdoor weddings for my clients, and am becoming well known for these. Most of the couples who contact me wish to hold a truly outdoor wedding, often in a place where there is no civil licence.
A particular favourite is The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm near Biddenden, Kent. It is set on a working stud farm but is a complete blank canvas for brides to dress the way they want. Lots of couples like the relaxed vibe at the farm, and hire yurts, tents and marquees to give a festival type feel, often taking over the venue for the whole weekend.
Check out The House Meadow website for further details House Meadow
Ceremony area in the rustic Gazebo
on the Pond at the House Meadow
Christina and Ben hired me to conduct their outdoor wedding ceremony at Hadlow Manor Hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, near Tonbridge. We held the ceremony on the lawn in the beautiful hotel grounds.
I conducted a romantic wedding for Nick and Katie at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down in East Sussex in the summer of 2013. Wilderness Wood is 62 acres of award winning sustainable woodland and the ceremony was held “streamside” a 10 minute hike to the car park! A unique back to nature experience!
The Chestnut Pole Pavilion
at Wilderness Wood
decorated for a wedding reception
A lot of couples wish to hold a ceremony in their own home. I was asked to write and conduct a Renewal of Vows Ceremony to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary for Viv & Keith in their beautiful garden in West Malling this year.