3 tips for planning perfect outdoor wedding ceremonies

Photos: Linda Pasfield Photography


From beaches and wineries, to farms and formal gardens, Tasmania has some spectacular locations for outdoor weddings.

But holding your ceremony outside may present some challenges that indoor nuptials won’t. Here are three things you must keep in mind when booking an outdoor venue.

1. Choose the time of your wedding wisely..

When deciding what time of day you’d like to hold your ceremony, do your photographer a big favour and consider the lighting. For an hour or so after sunrise, and before sunset, natural light takes on a lovely red hue, and a romantic softness that’s ideal for photography.

Holding your nuptials in the middle of the day, when the sun is highest in the sky, can mean unflattering light, squinting eyes and harsh shadows – so if this time is your only option, seek out an area of open shade for your ceremony, or create your own shade with a marquee.


2. Consider your guests comfort

Catering for your guests’ starts with ensuring there are adequate chairs available, but you can take things up a notch or two with some small but worthwhile touches.

If you’ve opted for a beach ceremony in the height of summer, why not take an esky and provide bottles of chilled water, perhaps some mini sunscreens, or hand out colourful parasols so guests can have some shade?

Get ahead of the creepy crawly wedding crashers – mosquitos, flies, midgies – by arming your guests with insect repellent on arrival.

And for weddings held during the cooler months, have beautiful cashmere ponchos or blankets for guests to wrap themselves in if the temperature takes an unexpected turn.


3. Create a Plan B

While we all dream of the perfect weather to complement our special day, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans, and our beautiful state can often be unpredictable.

Ensure you have a backup plan should the storm clouds make an appearance and try not to let it ruin an otherwise perfect day. With a solid backup plan, you may even come to love the dramatic, moody tones of your wet-weather wedding photographs, and be thankful Mother Nature didn’t cooperate!

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