Today I am thrilled to share some excellent advice and tips from the fabulous Hazel Parsons on planning a Garden Wedding.
When it comes to planning your wedding day the venue play’s a huge part in how your day will flow, feel and even look (especially when it comes to the photographs!)
Its all about Location, location, location………
So picking a location that is right for you both is really key, budget aside how do you want your day to go and what would be your dream venue?
You need to establish if the venue will work with the wedding you want to create.
Whether it is a field, a grass meadow, a beautiful historic country house with stunning grounds, can it provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding to take place?
For garden weddings there are a number of different factors that you need to consider, here are my top tips for picking a garden wedding venue….
Before you start you need to establish the basic’s; how many people do you intend to invite? What date do you want to get married and where?
Once you’ve got these it will narrow down your search area and venue options.
1). What outdoor areas does the venue have to offer that are licensed? Can they accommodate your numbers and dates?
2). Check the price will work with your budget.
3).Do they have a wet weather alternative that fits with your ‘wedding day plan’. Perhaps a beautiful barn or large marquee, that will allow you to feel closer to the outside.
4) Ask if they supply the furniture for the ceremony as this can be an additional cost, or you might like to hire alternative garden seating.
5) Think about what type of feel are you trying to create? Secret Garden? Grand Italian Garden Wedding? Informal Rustic Countryside Wedding? Festival Inspired Wedding? Would this location work with the overall wedding day experience that you want?
6) If the weather is inclement what can be done to have your ‘Garden Wedding Ceremony’ outside, perhaps they provide umbrellas or ponchos or have an awning or pop up gazebo for your guests. You may wish to consider a wet weather wellies option on your invites.
7) Consider access, can guests get to the location easily, park, walk to the ceremony and reception. Can your caterers access the site and have space to set up?
8) Consider if you need extra facilities, toilets, car parking, sheltered areas for guests to shelter from sun, rain or wind. If you opt for a hotel or countryhouse the likelihood is they will have some of these already covered for you.
9) Make arrangements to keep your guests cool in sunny weather.
Is there enough space for a suncream station, a water table to keep your guests refreshed or a summer punch and fresh lemonade stand to keep them all hydrated. You could also consider providing umbrellas for shade.
9) And most importantly does the venue feel right? Do you feel so excited that you can’t wait for the day itself to be here? You can already see yourself walking down the grass filled aisle with bouquet in hand?
If so you have found your venue!
These gorgeous garden wedding photo’s were taken at the very splendid Devon Wedding Venue Deer Park Country House Hotel.
Written by Hazel Parsons Wedding Marketing Consultant