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The ultimate guide to planning an outdoor wedding reception

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When you are planning your wedding day, you are probably mostly focused on the actual ceremony, but the reception is just as important. This is the time when you, your partner and your friends and family can let that hair down and actually celebrate your nuptials. If you choose to get married in the summer, it can be a great idea to host a wedding reception outside. Perhaps your wedding venue has a beautiful outdoor space attached to it, or maybe you have a large enough back garden to host a wedding reception on your own property.

But when you choose to host your reception, you also have to keep a few things in mind in order to ensure that everything goes to plan, and that everybody enjoys themselves. Use this checklist to guarantee that your outdoor wedding reception is remembered for all the right reasons.

Protect yourself (and your guests) from the rain. One of the great benefits of having a summer wedding is the beautiful weather that you are likely to enjoy. But there is no guarantee that any one day will be dry and sunny, and as climate change continues to be a problem, weather patterns are more volatile than ever before. For this reason, it's a bad idea to take your chances with the weather, and a much better idea to hire a gazebo, a tent or some other outdoor structure that both lets light in (so you still have the feeling of an outdoor space) but that will also shelter you from an unwanted downpour.

Bring in portable toilets. If you host a wedding reception in your back garden, the last thing you will want is people traipsing in and out of your house in order to use the bathroom. To contain everything outside—and to protect your toilet—it is a much better idea to invest in portable toilet hire. This way you can ensure that nobody is left queuing to use the bathroom, you can protect your home from foot traffic and the portable toilet hire company will arrange everything for you, from setting up the toilets in the best space to taking them away the next day.

Get the lighting right. Wedding receptions will often extend deep into the night with lots of drinking and dancing. When you have an indoor reception and the sun goes down, you can simply use the lighting that the venue is already equipped with, but when you host an outdoor party, you must think carefully about how to best light an outdoor space.

Outdoor lighting can be flirty and fantastical—much more so than indoor lighting—which is perfect for this kind of romantic occasion. String lanterns and fairy lights through the trees and add lots of candles to the tables. This swathe of flickering light will be so much more appealing than a bright neon tube above your heads. Just make sure that you are familiar with the space so that you can bring in enough lights (and power) for it.

Looking after guests with unique needs. When you use an indoor venue for a wedding reception, you can pretty much guarantee that your aunt who is in a wheelchair and your grandfather who uses a cane will be able to navigate themselves around via ramps and even ground. If you plan a wedding reception outdoors, the ground might be bumpy and tricky to navigate. The least that you can do in this situation is to have somebody on hand who can look after guests with mobility needs to ensure they get where they need to be comfortably and safely.


26 January 2015