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Outdoor weddings

Outdoor weddings: Image 1 Based on the edge of the beautiful New Forest family-run business Bluebell Forest Events has a wealth of experience in styling blank-canvas venues. To create a chilled summer festival vibe and make the most of the great outdoors, company wedding planners Charlotte and Julie say, "Don't forget, if you're having a marquee, tipi or stretch tent, you'll need to accommodate posh toilets."
They also suggest:

  • Embrace the Great British weather with bling-styled wellie boots and umbrellas or sun cream and hats.
  • Trackway matting linking the venue, accommodation and parking is a good idea for accessibility if the weather's bad.
  • Make the most of local produce and continue the relaxed informal feel by having a barbecue or hog roast so your guests can mix and mingle outside.
  • Picnic hampers are great for al fresco dining, packed with local foods, English sparkling wine, jams, chutneys and chocolates. Embroidered napkins and glasses personalised with your initials add an extra special touch.
  • VW Campervans are fab for making your entrance and provide great photo opportunities too.
  • If there's room on site, set up a glamping area for guests wanting to stay over a back-to-nature retreat but with added luxury.
  • Bring the outside in and make the most of flowers and foliage from the surrounding area for your decorations.
  • Use hay bales for seating with cloth or hessian covers and bare-wood tables with wild flowers, twigs, berries and log slices for the centrepieces.
  • Table plans can be ticket-themed and give your guests all-access lanyards.
  • Create a chill-out zone with soft cushions for seating.
  • Set the tone for the evening with a live band.
  • Have blankets and a firepit for toasting marshmallows.
  • Choose a range of lighting for the evening to create different moods, including festoon, lanterns, fairylights and candles; great for fabulous photos.

 
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