If you follow our blog you’ll know I write regular features for Save The Date Magazine. The summer edition of the magazine features a new look for Save The Date. We love the new style and design. This issue I wrote about outdoor wedding ideas, read on to see my outdoor ideas or click here to see the full magazine.save the date magazine summer of love 2014save the dte magazine outdoore wedding ideas decorationsPhotography credits: Front cover and page 1 and 2 Ross Harvey Photography // Lighting on decking Jen Fariello Photography // Jenga & children playing outside Cotton Candy Photography

 Outdoor Wedding Ideas


We all know you can’t predict the English summer weather but we are seeing more and more couples in the UK holding their weddings outdoors. And why not, there are some wonderful venues set in the English countryside with beautiful grounds.

Outdoor ceremonies and decorating the grounds

If you are dreaming of an outdoor ceremony find a venue with and outdoor location, once you’ve found the perfect venue there are some super pretty ways you can style your outdoor ceremony. I love the idea of entering the ceremony through wooden doors, these remain shut until the bride and her father enter through them. To creat the aisle, hang jam jars filled with pretty blooms from shepherds crooks, or if the ground is not suitable for shepherds crooks tie apothecary bottles to the chairs and add a flower. Guests will love all these pretty details.

If you are not opting for an outdoor ceremony but are lucky enough to have some sunshine on your wedding day you will no doubt be wanting to make the most of it. There are lots of lovely ideas for decorating outdoor spaces, hang pom poms and bunting around the grounds. Chose a feature tree to hang apothecary bottles each filled with a flower from the branches or even hang long strands of ribbon in your wedding colours.

Outdoor entertainment and lighting

Take the entertainment outdoors, a string quartet set up outside for an outdoor ceremony is always a lovely touch. Set up games outdoors, these will be enjoyed by children and adults! We have seen wedding guests enjoying sack races, giant jenga, croquet and children love pinatas.

Guests will enjoy spending time outdoors right through to the evening so don’t forget to enhance the gardens with lighting. Whether you choose tea lights in jam jars or larger lanterns, or opt for strings of light bulbs from trees this will light up the grounds beautifully. Paper lanterns work perfectly for weddings and are easy on the budget, just add a long lasting tea light and they will glow for hours. The The Wedding of my Dreams we sell a collection of paper lanterns and especially love out JUST MARRIED lanterns which are fab for photos.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding check out some of our favourite decorations below.

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