It’s not just Teddy Bears that love a good picnic - what better theme to have for your outdoor wedding?
The days are getting warmer, the evenings are longer and, dare I say it… I’ve stowed my winter wardrobe! With all of the sunshine that we have been having lately, it seems as if summer might be just around the corner. If you happen to be planning for your outdoor wedding this summer, or even next summer, now is a good time to be gathering some inspiration, and what better place to get some inspiration than by looking at the Great British Picnic?
Picnics are fun, wholesome and remind us of carefree childhood days; playing in the park and eating sandwiches with mum and dad. With vintage and unique wedding themes now coming to the fore, we think that having a picnic wedding could be just the thing to add a bit of fun to your big day. Not only that, but it’s an extremely versatile theme- they can be formal, with champagne, strawberries and traditional food service; or they can be casual where you can encourage your guests to serve themselves from a communal picnic table or basket.
One thing you can guarantee about the picnic wedding is that it requires a generous amount of creativity and planning. Here are our top 8 tips to get you started.
1. Picnic-ing the Right Location
See what we did there? You can pick almost any outdoor location for a picnic wedding; a park, a field, botanical gardens, heck, even your backyard! The only problem when not choosing a registered venue is that there will be some restrictions. You may need to acquire extra licences in order to serve alcohol or play music past a certain hour. Have a look at your local council website to see what restrictions are in place. If, on the other hand, paperwork isn’t your strong point then you might like to consider a registered venue which have large private gardens that you could use.
2. What You’ll Need.
If you do pick a park or garden for your wedding then be prepared to bring just about everything with you. We’re not just talking decorations, but also seating, tables, maybe even a porta-potty. If your site already has picnic tables then be sure to bring some pretty table cloths to throw over them, alternatively pack a pile of picnic blankets and have your guests sprawl out on the grass. Remember to bring plenty as you don’t want your guests to feel cramped, and it’s always a good idea to pack some chairs for older guests.
Never underestimate the importance of toilets. Whilst you may remember squatting behind a bush as a child; that’s not going to fly for the 100 or so guests that attend your wedding. You might be lucky and have public toilets available to you, but check that they are up to standard before the big day; you might want to bring extra toilet roll and soap just in case. If you are hosting your picnic wedding at a private house then the indoor facilities should be adequate for around 50 guests; any more than that and we recommend renting a nice porta-potty.
4. Back-up Plan
We hope that the sunshine stays out long enough for your picnic wedding to go without a hitch (so to speak), but just in case the rain does decide to fall it is always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you are having your wedding at a private house then it should be simple enough to move the party indoors should the worst happen - though it might be a little cramped! If you are planning on having a beach or park wedding then consider renting a tent or marquee, but check with your local authority first on the rules regarding erecting temporary structures.
Possibly one of the best bits about a picnic; just ask Yogi and Booboo! There are so many options to choose from when it comes to catering for a picnic wedding. You could take the eco-friendly route and hire organic food carts or trucks, ask your favourite restaurant to cater, set up a sandwich bar, or getting your wedding helpers to pack a basket for each guest. Just remember that easy to eat finger food is going to be a lot more acceptable than providing your guests with something like soup!
6. Comfort is Key
Having a numb bum from sitting on the floor for too long is never a good thing - especially if you are in your best clobber. Make sure to provide plenty of cushions and blankets for your guests. If it’s super hot then bring along some parasols so your guests can get some shade. It might also be worth bringing along some citronella candles to deter and creepy crawlies that might put your guests of their food!
The beauty about having a picnic wedding is that mother nature has already done most of the hard work for you when it comes to the decore. For an added bohemian touch, bring along some extra flowers, balloons and bunting just to help establish the party area and you are good to go. Don’t forget some candles and fairy lights for the evening time.
If you plan on having you picnic wedding during the evening time then you’ll probably want a band or a DJ; just remember to be mindful of local residents and the various noise restrictions in place. No one wants a telling off on their big day! If your party will be mainly in the daytime then bring some games for your guests to play. Lawn games, tennis and volleyball are all good games your guests could get involved with. For those of you who are less sporty then why not set up a craft station where guests can make their own wedding favours - it’s always fun to get creative and it will save you a job!
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