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This issue we asked the region's experts for their advice on planning and outdoor wedding. Simone Parkinson, sales and marketing manager from Berwick Lodge (www.berwicklodge.co.uk) tells us it's all about being prepared. Over to Simone...
Keep all suppliers (including registrars) informed of your plans and always check in to see if they’re happy and able to host outdoors. Some areas of the day may need to be tweaked to accommodate various elements: sunshine causing candles to melt, wilting flowers and even bowing musical instruments! Let your guests know too, so that they’re dressed and prepared for all eventualities. You may consider supplying parasols, water bottles and even heel stoppers for the grass.
Utilise the outdoor elements as much as you can. Being outdoors means you can use the natural flora all around. Perhaps a beautiful natural aisle, wildflowers for additional decoration, or orchards and woodland for shade.
Remember to manage your own expectations! This is England and the weather may not be on your side. Ensure you’ve mentally prepared yourself and that the change of plan doesn’t disappoint or spoil your day. Prepare for plan B, C and D! You’ll need to talk through a weather contingency with your venue and suppliers. If it’s too hot, cold, windy... these things will all affect the day differently. Producing alternative plans will ensure the day runs seamlessly and is just as beautiful and enjoyable wherever it takes place and whichever way things go.