Garden weddings are so beautiful, aren’t they? If you are a planning a garden wedding in the near future, the tips below will come in handy. Take a look at them!
- Consider the season
- Always consider the weather at the time of the year when you intend to hold a garden wedding. If it is hot and sunny, you may need to choose a venue with lots of shade. If the weather is wet, however, a venue that gets all sticky and muddy will not work. Also, visit the venue during different kinds of weather to see how it looks, and decide if that ambiance is what you want for your wedding.
- Can you incorporate your personal style?
- If you are not able to transform a garden wedding venue to reflect your personal style, don’t go for it. A great wedding venue that gives you the flexibility to use your favorite colors, and dress up the surrounding flowers and bushes is what you need! Also, select a venue that goes with your theme, i.e. one that you will not struggle to transform.
- How about the logistics?
- First, how far is the garden wedding venue from the nearest town, or the main road? Is it accessible for people who do not have cars? Also, will you have the ceremony and reception at the same place, or will you have to ask your guests to drive from the church to the reception? It is best to have a wedding venue that is easy to access, and one that is not too far from civilization, in case the ceremony ends late.
- Find out what services the venue provides
- When planning a garden wedding, you need to find out what services are available at the venue. For example, find out if they offer catering, entertainment, decor, chairs, and tents. Make sure you get this information early enough so that if you need to outsource, you do so in good time.
- See the venue in action
- The best way to know if a venue will or will not work for you is to check it out when there is a function going on. Visit the venue at the same time that you intend to have your wedding, preferably when there is another wedding going on, and see how everything looks when set up. You can also try to visit during different types of weather, and see how the venue looks.
- The next venue-related item to consider when planning a garden wedding is the capacity of the venue. How many people can you host in the wedding gardens comfortably, without people feeling cramped? Confirm if there is enough space for the tents, chairs, and gazebo. You want your guests to get the feeling that there is plenty of space around them, so they can relax and enjoy the ceremony.
- Many people forget to ask this – what time does the wedding venue open and close? Will your service providers be able to access the venue a day before, and very early on the wedding day morning? You also need to find out if you will be allowed to extend your wedding reception late into the evening, and if there will be an additional charge attached.
- Get to know the finer details
- First, ask about amenities like running water (for the caterer) and washrooms. Also, find out whether parking is available on the premises and if it is secure. Lastly, find out if your tents, chairs, and other wedding setup items will be safe if left overnight, and if the management will allow your service providers to come in and set up.
- Ask all the questions you need to
- Ask questions about anything and everything related to the venue. If you have doubts about security, for example, ask what measures are in place. Ask your service providers if they are comfortable with setting up at that particular venue. Ask your photographer if he/she will be able to capture the event properly with the available lighting. Finally, ask around for reviews on your garden wedding venue of choice.
Planning a garden wedding can be a simple and enjoyable task if you follow the tips above. All the best with your wedding plans!