How to create a budget-friendly outdoor wedding

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For many people, their special day is all about being with friends and family in familiar surroundings, having a celebration to remember. With Pinterest taking the online world by storm, this desire has become a reality through all the wonderful pins of outdoor weddings we’ve seen over the years. If you have a garden large enough to fit a tent for your guests, then all you need to do is plan the finer details to make your day special and perfect for you. There are so many beautiful outdoor wedding ideas, so here are a select few to give you inspiration on how to create the perfect outdoor wedding, whilst keeping the costs low and the spirits high.

The Right Time

First things first, you need to consider the timing of your wedding, as you want to ensure that the weather has a stronger chance of being dry than rainy. The most popular months for outdoor weddings run from April through to September, as this is thought to be the best time to have a dryer day for the big event! However, the weather is always unpredictable so there are many great ways to ensure your venue is protected and prepared for any unexpected weather turns, so you won’t need to worry if the heavens do open. Which brings us nicely on to…

DIY Tents and Marquees

Having enough undercover space to keep your wedding guests dry and warm is really important, as you want to have a space for your meals and dancing to go on uninterrupted. You do often find, however, that tents and marquees can be one of the most expensive elements to an outdoor wedding, especially when you’re only hiring for an evening or two. Creating your own main marquee may seem like a challenge but there are some really great tutorials online to help you achieve this. A very popular choice is also to create a tent space dedicated to the food throughout the night, as the buffet can sometimes be in the way when positioned close to the dancefloor. All you need to do is invest in some high-quality tarps, a few strong poles and durable string to hold your home-made tents together. This will provide you with the perfect space to keep the additional alcohol, food and even spare equipment.

Delicate Lighting and Details

Creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding is essential, and with lots of outdoor space to play with, you can really create a magical feel. Lighting is one of the key features to creating the perfect atmosphere, and by investing in some simple fairy lights, you can transform the outdoor space surrounding your marquees and tents into a gorgeous display of glittering lights and delicate touches that add to the beautiful wedding feel. Position lots of fairy lights around the area to keep it well-lit and clear, making sure people can see exactly where to go – and to provide perfect photo opportunities, too! You can then introduce delicate details such as beautiful flower displays, cute homemade signs pointing in the direction of the wedding tent and so on, to really add some special touches to the garden.

Essential Items to Include

Special touches are what make your wedding more special and unique to your personal style. From the design of the table seating plans, to the name cards and even the menus, you want to ensure you’ve taken note of every detail to keep the theme strong and clear throughout. You can then include essential items to make the whole day flow smoothly, such as gifting flipflops to each of the ladies to help them dance the night away or to make it easier for them to walk across the grass to the bathroom. Similarly, you could provide a homemade photo booth that consists of a coloured sheet backdrop, with some silly props and a camera to catch the memorable moments. These simple yet special details will make your big day magical for everyone, giving you lots of happy memories to look back on.

Let me know your own plans for an outdoor wedding by leaving me a comment below. And if you’ve already had your dream wedding in your garden, please share how you did it and your tips for making it a special occasion. Thanks guys!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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