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How to choose the perfect outdoor summer wedding venue

Before you can organise wedding entertainment and book the reception canapés, you need to choose your wedding venue. If you want your big day to be next summer (or even the summer after that!) it’s time to get organised, because venues become booked up very fast.

This is how to choose the perfect venue for your summer wedding, wherever you want to hold it.

Make sure you have access to indoor and outdoor spaces

Most venues will be mainly indoors with some outdoor spaces for photography, but if you want a significant part of your day to be outside, a reliable plan B is important. If your chosen venue is used to holding outdoor ceremonies and receptions, they’ll be able to advise you.

We all know the British summertime is far from reliable. Obviously, you’ll be hoping for a bright, sunny day, but rain is very possible. Check your venue can comfortable fit all your guests both indoors and outside.

Take advantage of their packages and recommendations

Summer weddings can come with slightly different options compared to weddings at other times of year. You could have in-season flowers, the lighting needs will be different, and outdoor marquees are often available at venues with large gardens.

When you’re browsing venues, ask them what they can provide to take advantage of whatever weather comes your way. They could have access to recommended florists and suppliers, or have specific outdoor summertime packages.

Pre-plan your photos

This is a good rule of thumb all year-round, but especially useful if you’re going to be outdoors for part of your big day. While you’re browsing venues, identify the best locations for your photographer to use as a backdrop, whether it’s a garden, lake, orangery, or natural landscape.

Ask your venue where they recommend you stage your shots too. They’ll be able to tell you where the sun points at what time of day, and how you can get the best photos possible.

Get all the details ironed out before you decide

You can’t predict the weather 12-18 months in advance, but you can make life easier for yourselves by structuring your day wisely.

If you want to get married near a beach, find out when the tides will come in and out. If you’re keen on renting out a hall or a space, make sure there’s no curfew or nearby neighbours who could be disturbed by a lively outdoor reception.

Book flexible wedding entertainment

Keeping your guests entertained throughout the day is a big job. If your wedding is split between indoor and outdoor spaces, you can hire a combination of acoustic and plugged-in wedding entertainment to get everyone dancing.

Silk Street is the home of outstanding entertainment. Our musicians, singers, dancers, and performers can electrify large and small audiences, and they specialise in wedding entertainment.

Our service is concierge-style, meaning we’ll match your wedding and budget to the perfect act.

Ready to be entertained? Find the perfect act for your wedding now.

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