Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips by Sainsburys bank

Plan Your Dream Outdoor Wedding If you’re planning an outdoor wedding but would like to be protected from the...

Plan Your Dream Outdoor Wedding

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding but would like to be protected from the elements, hiring a tipi is a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds. At Sami Tipi, we know a thing or two about outdoor weddings. Whether you’re planning an intimate event with close friends and family, or dream of a large open-air affair; we’ve got tips to make your day extra special. With help from our friends at Sainsbury’s Bank, we share some outdoor wedding inspiration. 

Essential considerations for your alfresco ceremony


Location, location, location

Finding your perfect outdoor location isn’t just about the aesthetic. Be sure to talk to your chosen venue ahead of time to make sure they have plans for all types of weather conditions. From boggy grass fields after rain to the potential danger of wooded areas in windy conditions – there are a few things you must consider. 

There are also different rules across the UK for outdoor wedding venues. For example, in England and Wales, the ceremony must take place in a licenced shelter – whereas in Scotland, couples can be married anywhere they choose. The same applies in Northern Ireland – as long as the officiant agrees.

Make it personal

Tipi weddings give you the ultimate flexibility to add personal touches and decorate the interior exactly how you want. Maybe you’re a boho bride-to-be looking for a rustic style, or perhaps you love simple scandi-style interiors and want to incorporate natural elements into your decor? Whatever your style, simple additions such as seating covers and table decorations can make all the difference, or if you want to go all out – our Pinterest is a great platform to find decor inspiration. Consider adding a candlelit outdoor runner leading up to the tipi, or hire festoon lighting to illuminate your walkway to make an impact. From atmospheric lighting and eye-catching neon signs to unique furniture and special touches – tipis are a blank canvas just waiting to be personalised. 

Keep your guests happy

Looking for a way to keep your guests entertained after the ceremony? Why not host some outdoor games suitable for all ages, such as a coconut shy, giant Jenga or ring toss?

Be sure to let your guests know that the wedding will be held outdoors so they can dress and prepare appropriately. Depending on the weather, there are many ways you can keep your guests comfortable during your outdoor wedding. If it’s hot and sunny, make sure you provide fans, shade and a soft drink station to keep everyone cool and hydrated. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, umbrellas and blankets will make sure your guests stay warm and dry. Citronella candles are also a great way to keep those pesky bugs at bay, especially in the evenings.

Having a clear seating plan and name cards will also ensure everyone knows where they should be during the meal, and it might be worth getting the groomsmen to help usher everyone to their seats.

Ready to start your outdoor wedding journey?

We’d love to chat with you about your requirements and help you plan what will be a stunning and unforgettable wedding. Get in touch with us for a quote or to learn more about our bespoke services. 

You can also check out the full outdoor wedding guide by Sainsbury’s Bank here.