Caitriona Foley from True Romance Weddings shares these gorgeous ideas on how to decorate your outdoor wedding…
Thanks to the recent (and long overdue) change in legislation that has made it possible for couples to marry outdoors in Ireland, we now have a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to choosing a venue for the big day. Of course, this brings with it the question of how to dress your outdoor ceremony or reception space. With the four-seasons-in-one-day weather that we experience in Ireland, we need décor that will withstand copious amounts of rain, wind, sunshine and even snow. Here are a few ideas to inspire you for your outdoor wedding.
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Candles are a beautiful way to spruce up an indoor venue, but unless you are celebrating long into the evening they may be a little fruitless to incorporate into your outdoor ceremony, especially if it’s a bright day. Consider candles, lanterns and even hanging jars with tealights among the trees for your evening celebrations to add a special glow to the day. A gorgeous option is to incorporate chandeliers; this will give a beautiful juxtaposition between the elegance of the chandelier and the rustic look of nature. Bring the indoors out by replacing normal lightbulbs with solar bulbs in beautiful lampshades and place on drinks tables throughout.
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Point your guests in the right direction for each aspect of your wedding with delightful chalkboard signs, quotes about love displayed on easels and festive bunting. Display your menu on a large board also, as paper menus may fly away if it’s a windy day.
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Not your everyday balloon, choose giant, oversized balloons with streamers and ribbons will be a gorgeous addition to your outdoor wedding as well as a fantastic photo opportunity.
Because freestanding lanterns or pew ends may not sit properly on grass or uneven ground, use shepherd hooks holding floral accents or jars with candles to decorate the aisle – these will sit nicely into the ground and you won’t have to worry about them being knocked over.
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Not just for weather protection, festoon your reception with upside down umbrellas in vibrant colours and patterns. Of course, you could always do with keeping a box of brollies handy for your guests too!
Finally, embrace the natural environment – make flowers and foliage a big part of your day, incorporate the rustic elements of trees and leaves and dance under the stars for the most incredible backdrop.