outdoor wedding - Stretch Tent Getting married? Congratulations! A wedding is one of the most important and sacred events in a person’s life and just as it can be exciting, it can also be extremely overwhelming. Planning a fairy-tale wedding can be extremely stressful, there’s so much to do and so many decisions to make – where do you start! One of the first and sometimes most difficult choices is whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding.

Outdoor weddings are extremely popular nowadays. Whether you dream of saying your “I dos” on a beach or whether you envision your guests dancing the night away in a beautifully decorated and lit up marquee set in a big open field or wine estate, it’s easy to understand why — mother nature is always the best backdrop. Yes, a fairy-tale wedding in the great outdoors can be absolutely amazing, but the planning and organising process can be pretty taxing. But there is no need to stress, as we’ve put together some top tips to ensure that your wedding isn’t ruined by pouring rain, pillaged by bloodthirsty mosquitoes, or shattered by an uncompromising hot sun.

  1. Hire a Large White Tent – while there is nothing more romantic than saying your “I dos” under perfect blue skies, can you really afford to take such a huge risk on the most important and expensive day of your life? Mother Nature is unpredictable, which means that it’s always best to come up with a solution for wet, hot or windy weather; otherwise you might be declaring your undying love in pelting rain or under a blistering sun. There is no better way to create a magical space and dramatic setting on a wine estate, beach or mountain top, than with a large white peg and pole marquee, frame marquee, free-standing marquee, stretch tent or Bedouin tent. Your options are many.
  2. Make Guests Comfortable – comfort is king, especially at weddings, which means that you need to make your guests’ comfort a top priority. No one likes going to a wedding and sweating like crazy, so if you’re having a summer wedding, then make sure that your marquee is well-equipped with things like citronella candles, large electric fans, well-lit paths to the bathroom, and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks or ice-cold bottles of water. Another excellent idea is to turn your programmes into fans, so that guests can keep cool during the ceremony. If you’re having a winter wedding, you could either have lap blankets on hand, drape shawls across the back of chairs, or you could hire outdoor portable heating units.
  3. Serve the Right Foods – yes, it’s true, melted cheese and chocolates are not very chic, especially at weddings. If you’re having a summer wedding, then make sure that you choose summer appropriate foods that won’t spoil in heat and humidity. Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of virgin cocktails with plenty of ice. For a fancy refreshing alcoholic cocktail, why not serve a mojito? The mint will cool your guests.

So by now you have some excellent tips to pull off the perfect wedding, but if you really want to make it “fairy-tale spectacular”, then get a professional to do it for you.