Enquiries and bookings for the 2016 wedding season are now rolling into our inbox thick and fast – and although it seems that couples get in touch earlier every year, it’s never to late to consider the range of packages we have to offer. Today we weigh up the differences of holding your wedding outdoors or in!
An Outdoor Occasion
An English summer’s day can mean a wedding of truly magical proportions. A sunset cast over rolling hills with a pint of local cider in hand is truly a memorable way for you and your loved ones to spend your big day. Many brides and grooms will see a green field as a blank canvas upon which to design their dream wedding, whilst others may worry about the implications of not having bricks-and-mortar infrastructure in which to celebrate with friends and family. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to transform even the remotest green field into a fully serviced wedding venue – and doing so certainly need not get in the way of more important wedding planning tasks. Simply focus on a few key areas and you’ll be back to cake-sampling in no time:
1. Structures – Marquees, Big Top tents, and other temporary structures will form your centerpiece. Different structures suit different themes and most modern tents are built in a modular fashion – so there is no need to worry about your venue feeling too full or too sparse. Be sure to keep your tent supplier updated with your guest numbers. Most structures are versatile enough to be built in a variety of conditions, including slopes and inclines, concrete/gravel/grass, or around fountains/benches/statues – meaning, if in doubt, it’s often better to arrange a site visit to your chosen location before dismissing it.
2. Utilities – Your guests, caterers, and performers will all need access to electricity, water, and toilets. Fuel-efficient diesel generators are more accessible than ever to the consumer and all calculations regarding generator size can be made by your wedding suppliers. Added to this, many caterers may choose to arrive with gas cooking equipment – reducing the amount of power you need to provide. For most small and medium weddings, a stand-pipe in your chosen field, as well as a few cases of bottled water, will be enough to keep your caterer happy (as well as guests requiring hydration on a hot day). However, if your location has no access to water whatsoever, your wedding supplier can organise bowser tanks and taps. Finally, event toilets are generally self contained, with some requiring a power hook-up from your generator. Depending on budget, options are available from basic “portaloo” right up to luxury toilet trailers complete with flushing toilets, running water, and tasteful interior design.
3. Order of the Day – Holding an outdoor wedding with the use of a marquee opens up a raft of possibilities for entertainment and activity. We’ve seen rounders and cricket tournaments, croquet, outdoor music performance and square dancing, al fresco dining, and even a three-legged race. All of these are thoroughly wholesome and memorable ways to entertain your guests, however it is vital to plan for bad weather. If the rain does arrive on your day, simply smile and carry on – safe in the knowledge you’ve made alternative plans for indoor enjoyment!
An Indoor Extravaganza
An indoor wedding is the opportunity to select a building or space that fits architecturally with your desired theme, style, or vision. The United Kingdom boasts some stunning spaces available for private hire including castles, abbeys, stately homes, country houses, timber barns, forests, lakes, and even caves. Typically, the more impressive the space the greater the price tag. Happily, a middle ground can often be met by combining a moderately priced indoor venue with some added features and decoration. Below are a few key ways in which you can make an indoor venue your own:
1. Drapery and decor – Whether you want to add flashes of colour, obscure unwanted light fixtures, or simply add a sense of transformation to an otherwise bare venue, draping systems are a versatile and cost effective method of improving sense of space. If you’re re-purposing an agricultural building or village hall, draping can be particularly useful. Your wedding supplier can likely provide a range of colour and fabric options, and can safely install at height using the correct equipment.
2. Feature lighting inside and out – Creating a sense of anticipation and excitement as soon as your guests arrive on your chosen premises is a great way to set a tone for the night ahead. If you plan to arrive at your reception from your ceremony during the evening, feature lighting can be used externally to wash entrance ways, trees, and architectural features with colour. Done correctly, this can look impressive – and goes some way to delighting your guests before you’ve even greeted them.
3. Exploration and attractions – Many wedding venues, particularly period buildings, will offer the opportunity to use various rooms as secondary areas for your reception. Giving your guests a sense of exploration can make for a truly memorable occasion. This could be as simple as installing a ping pong table in side-room, or perhaps holding a disco in a blacked out area away from the buffet and bar. Talk to your venue manager about offering something a little different in a space that may otherwise have been unused.
2016 Brides and Grooms! We wish you all the best for your upcoming celebrations – if Sound Events can help you achieve your dream wedding then get in touch with our team.