The pros and cons of an outdoor wedding

While there are still more indoor weddings in the UK than outdoor ones, there are lots of advantages to holding your nuptials at an outdoor venue. We look at the pros and cons, and at how we can help you have the day of your dreams.

The benefits of an outdoor wedding

The obvious benefits of an outdoor wedding include the spacious feel your wedding will have and the possibility of hosting more guests than in an indoor setting. Depending on the location, you may benefit from glorious views and scenery which will make the perfect backdrop to your photographs.

The disadvantages of an outdoor wedding

The benefits of an outdoor wedding speak for themselves but, what are the cons and how can you overcome the most common?

 Of course, if Mother Nature is on your side and blesses you with glorious weather, it will be a day to remember; if she doesn’t, it will still be a day to remember but for all the wrong reasons.

Wedding Marquee Hire

Unless you are having a destination wedding in an exotic climate, you may not be able to count on the weather in the UK, and the main disadvantage of hosting your wedding outdoors is the risk of it being rained off. Wedding marquee hire can help! At the ALS Group, we offer a range of wedding marquees for hire, from a generous 5m x 12m to a super-sized 12m x 35m so whether you are hosting an intimate wedding party for just 50 people or an extravaganza with hundreds, we can make sure you’re covered! Our Pagoda Marquee Hire offers an elegant alternative to the traditional marquee, with gently curved and pointed rooves. Smaller in stature than their larger cousins, the pagoda marquees can provide relaxation hubs for your guests, away from the main area, providing shade from the sun or protection from rain.

Marquee Heating

You may have lovely, dry weather for your wedding but if you have chosen a date later in the year, you may find that you need to provide a source of heat for your guests, especially if they are elderly or infirm. We provide marquee heating for hire that can be positioned externally to the marquee yet is controlled by an indoor thermostat. This silent, odour-free heater will ensure your guests will not be too cold to enjoy themselves.  

Dance Floors

Outdoor venues are unlikely to have a dance floor for guests to party into the small hours but hiring a portable dance floor is a great solution. Choose from a romantic star lit dance floor or a more traditional parquet dance floor, so that your guests will be on their feet in no time.

Tables and chairs

Indoor venues will have tables and chairs for your guests but depending on your chosen outdoor venue, these are things that you may have to supply, along with table coverings, and even cutlery. Our table and chair hire has several options to suit individual requirements and we can also supply wedding table linen hire which includes chair covers and sashes, napkins, table cloths and runners.

Wedding Entertainment

Indoor wedding venues often call upon the services of an in-house entertainer, such as a DJ, for your reception. An outdoor venue may not have access to these contacts and it will fall upon the happy couple or their families to arrange this. We have a network of highly professional and recommended DJs we can call upon to run the music for you, with help from our discos and PA systems.

The benefits of wedding hire from the ALS Group

When you book an indoor venue, there can be many hidden costs, from the price of chair sashes to the cost of the clean up afterwards, not to mention the hundreds of incidentals that may not be included in your venue hire. The ALS Group offers a one stop shop that allows couples to choose every aspect of their reception, from wedding decoration hire and entertainment, to the food they serve their guests. Chat to our highly experienced team to create your own bespoke package by calling 01526 397995 or email us to discuss your requirements.

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