Getting married is one of the biggest milestones in any couple’s life, which only adds pressure to the planning and preparations of the wedding.From writing the speech to choosing the wedding favours, there’s a lot to consider when organising your forthcoming nuptials – even finding the perfect venue to celebrate your big day can seem like an impossible task. While churches and registry offices may be the typical go-to venue, more and more bride and grooms-to-be are taking things outside in search of a truly unique setting.
Transforming your wedding breakfast into a garden party set on a stately lawn couldn’t be easier, and in today’s post, we’re bringing you an array of unique ideas for your outdoor reception. From choosing unique wedding music for your first dance to watching a spectacular display of fireworks as you celebrate tying the knot, arranging an al fresco wedding is sure to help make your big day one to remember.
Finding the venue
There’s nothing more idyllic than spending time among nature, which is why saying ‘I do’ outdoors in an area of unspoilt beauty is a sought after setting by so many bride and grooms. Whether you’re getting hitched in the height of summer or on a blustery autumn afternoon, getting married in the great outdoors doesn’t have to be an affair that’s dominated by Mother Nature.
From hiring a first class marquee to celebrating your nuptials under a handmade oak gazebo, an al fresco ceremony combines the beauty of nature with the unpredictability of the Great British weather. Hiring a marquee means you can decorate the venue exactly to your taste, and embellishing the makeshift aisle with floral displays and fairy lights will create a simple yet striking setting.
Wedding entertainment ideas
From taking your first dance under a canopy of stars to holding a bonfire that’ll warm up chilly guests, there’s plenty of quirky wedding entertainment ideas to ensure your special day is truly unique. As you celebrate becoming newlyweds, why not mark the occasion with a spectacular display of fireworks, or surprise your other half by arranging a plane to fly overhead with a personal message?
Outdoor wedding ceremony music
In your stunning natural setting, we love the idea of inviting an acoustic solo artist to accompany you down the aisle. The incredible vocals from songstress Laura James are sure to set the tone for a unique and intimate affair, meaning your al fresco ceremony is truly majestic.
The elegant style of harpist Elinor Nicholson is the perfect background music for a wedding ceremony and creates a truly romantic setting for your nuptials. If you’re looking for an acoustic soundtrack with a difference, let guitarist and singer Daniel Ross bring a personal touch to your first dance music – before you carry on the night with his soulful and classical sounds.
For a unique wedding, live music is guaranteed to entertain your guests. Whether you’re seeking an acoustic solo artist or a live jazz band, such as the sensational Vintage Swing Thing, let Actual Music’s first-class performers organise the soundtrack for your special day.