Outdoor wedding ideas at Silchester House

15 Sep 2017

Ideas and inspiration when it comes to celebrating your outdoor wedding in an English Country Garden

Hosting your wedding inside obviously offers you security when it comes to the weather, but if you love the idea of saying ‘I do’ in a beautiful garden during the warm, summer months, an outdoor wedding could be a great option. Below, the team behind Bijou Weddings' small Berkshire wedding venue, Silchester House share their top ideas when it comes to getting married outdoors. 

Decorating the aisle

An outdoor wedding provides you with a blank canvas when it comes to decorating and personalising your celebration. Some brides dream of walking down a red or white carpet, and this is still absolutely possible when it comes to an outdoor wedding. Others may prefer to add floral or lantern style touches to their aisle. Rustic logs lining the aisle on either side topped with church candles in hurricane vases surrounded by moss or, why not hang hearts or floral filled jars to metal shepherd’s crook? Love quotes on wooden plaques resting on the edges of chairs, lining each side of the aisle could add a romantic touch. Or, work with your florist to create a marvellous petal design aisle runner – untouched until the bride walks down the aisle.

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Take advantage of country grounds

An outdoor wedding spot is bound to be set in beautiful grounds at your chosen wedding venue. Perhaps discuss outdoor photographic opportunities with your wedding photographer in advance. If you plan on having a group shot, ensure your guests don’t venture too far away, otherwise it may be difficult to get everyone back together.

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Gazebo inspiration

Outdoor weddings in the UK require you to say your vows under a fixed structure – the venue also needs to be licensed to hold outdoor weddings. Whether it be a wooden gazebo or a stone dome, your florist will be able to suggest various ideas when it comes to adding wonderful floral décor to the outdoor structure. The outdoor structure is a great place for your photographer to take unforgettable photographs during your ceremony and group shots just afterwards.

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Personalise your outdoor celebration

To give your guests an idea of what is going on during the day, a personalised Order of the Day pallet is a fun idea, as are hand-written chalk board messages when it comes to welcoming your guests with instruction on where they need to be. Or handmade wooden signs dotted around the entrance to your venue could initiate excitement with your guests – and make for a great photo for the start of your album. If it’s set to be a super hot day, personalised fans on seats could be a nice touch.

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Get the look:

Wedding venue: Silchester House
Wedding florist: Sonning Flowers

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