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A Guide to Hosting an Elegant Backyard Wedding

Lately, there has been a huge trend with DIY and backyard weddings. From holding it in your own backyard, to a friend’s farm, to a clearing in your favourite forest, there is a wide range of options that you can choose from to make your wedding suit you and your loved one. We’ve put together a guide that will help you host the perfect backyard wedding or engagement party.

The theme is entirely up to you

Choose a theme that fits the couple and complements their personalities and lifestyle. A backyard barbecue is casual, relaxed and fun! But if that isn’t your couple’s style, a wine and cheese tasting, a cooking class or even a formal cocktail party are all great alternatives.

Customise a creative menu

The beauty about a backyard wedding is that you don’t have to conform to the rigidity of booking a venue. When you book a venue, they usually have their own vendors with which you will have to book everything through: from food, to equipment hire, to staff, to music. Take advantage of this freedom and customise a creative wedding feast that is quintessentially you and your partner’s tastes.

Make your own rustic decorations

Depending on what sort of space you have to host your wedding in, you will have a wide array of DIY decorations that you can employ. Save some cash and collect driftwood and shells for a beach-themed casual wedding. If antique is more your flavour, why not style the wedding with mason jars, all things wood and eclectic pieces of furniture from thrift shops.

Marquee hire

A great way to jazz up your backyard wedding is to hire a marquee. Not only do marquees provide much needed protection from the elements, but they symbolise a classy, elegant feel. As well as this, they can cordon of a section of your wedding, for example where your guests will be eating, or where they will be dancing!

Extend your pool for extra floor space

If you’re short of space, never fear. There are ways that you can extend the space you already have. For example, you can hire a solid pool cover, that will act as flooring over your pool. Where there once was water, there now will be land!

Portable flooring

Other types of portable flooring are also available for hire. If you don’t want guests’ high heels to get stuck in dirt or lawn, you can hire flooring to cover these areas, to make it easier and safer for your guests to walk on.

So whether you’re celebrating your love via an engagement party, a wedding, or you’re hosting another type of party altogether, these 6 handy tips will help you make the most of your backyard. For all your event hire needs, speak to our friendly team at Open Air Events on 1300 558 770. We can’t wait to bring your event to life.

7 Magical Ideas For A Fairytale Wedding This Spring

Spring is by far the most romantic season of the year, and what better a time to tie the knot than when the flowers are at full bloom and the gentle sun is shining in abundance. Spring holds a lot of promise, which is why we think it is the perfect season to get married. Here are 7 magical ideas for a fairytale wedding this spring.

Go Flower Crazy

Since spring is when all the beautiful flowers bloom, a flower studded wedding a guaranteed must have. Flowers on your hair, flowers on your wedding cake, flowers on aisles and flowers on your tables are the perfect way of capturing the essence and magic of spring on your special day. If you are at a loss as to what kind of flowers to use, work alongside a florist as they will help you make the best decision on which blooms to pick for the big day.

Hire a Marquee

Having an indoor spring wedding would be an awful shame when the weather outside is, in our opinion, absolutely perfect for an outdoor celebration. If you have dreamt of a garden wedding party all your life, spring is the time to make your dreams come true. Hiring a marquee to shelter your guests throughout the event is the perfect idea for your outdoor fairytale.

Fruit Stand Appetisers

Fresh fruit is an absolute treat in spring and setting up an adorable farmer’s market style fruit stand is a nifty idea for a spring wedding. You can use inexpensive crates from thrift stores and make chalkboard signs for each fruit, letting your guests know that they can eat some right there or take a few home.

Fun Lawn Games for All

Having fun lawn games that all can take part in and enjoy at your reception is a great way to get everyone involved in the spring time festivities. Get creative with the games you offer; from giant Jenga, to lawn checkers, croquet, ladder golf, ring toss and even lawn bowling – pick the games that you and your fiancé enjoy and you’ll be all set!

Parasols for the Bridesmaids

Nothing screams magical more than a bevy of beautiful women carrying parasols at your wedding. Parasols are inexpensive and make for fantastic photos. They can also provide some shade for your lovely bridesmaids and is a fantastic souvenir for them to bring home. You can even provide parasols for the young ones at the wedding if you are feeling generous!

Ditch the Traditional Wedding Cake

Gone are the days where people look forward to stodgy, heavy wedding fruit cake covered in thick marzipan and icing. Celebrate spring with a funky Ombre wedding cake in pastel shades, and pick light flavours such as Vanilla, Lemon or even Lavender for your wedding centrepiece. Not only will an Ombre Buttercream cake look good – it will taste it as well!

Seed Packet Door Gifts

Everyone loves a cute gift to bring home from a wedding, and what better gift to give out than seed packets this spring. People can bring them home and plant them in their garden this is a perfect way to make sure everyone remembers your magical fairytale wedding for years to come.

With these 7 magical ideas in mind, we are sure that you will have the fairytale wedding that you have been dreaming about since you were little.

How To Create A Winter Wonderland Wedding

The frosty weather is giving the surrounds a magical sparkle. A warm, crackling fire accompanies warm, chuckling conversation. Mulled wine, slow-cooked roasted food and hearty embraces. Why wouldn’t you want a winter wedding? Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons, and with a little bit of planning and logic, you can make your wedding as convenient and comfortable as a balmy summer’s day. We’ve put together our top 5 tips to ensure your winter wonderland wedding is as wonderful as can be.

Embrace the season

One of the things that will truly make your wedding unique is to embrace this less-than-popular wedding season. Instead of serving champagne upon arrival at your reception, think about serving winter warmers like hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Think about a coat or jumper with your outfits

Blazers, high collared coats, pashmina shawls, and wraparounds will be your best friend for a winter wonderland wedding. More and more commonly, however, these practical styles are being incorporated into wedding dresses and groomsmen’s suits. When designing your wedding dress or thinking about the groom’s suit, don’t forget to consider the cold!

Check the weather

Holding a winter wedding outdoors means you’re going to be checking the weather like it’s your daily religion. Although having your wedding in an off-peak seasons means you will save time and money organising your wedding, it also means you will be subject to the weather much more than in the milder months. If you’re a winter bride or groom, you may find yourself taking it a step further and researching how many times in the past five years it has snowed on your chosen date. However, this will make you feel really smart when it’s chilly yet sunny on your wedding day — you can tell people you did your research!

Use winter as your theme

Embrace the festive theme with snow, pine cones, foliage and lots of white. A plain white colour scheme can be both striking and stylish, as well as matching the season surrounding you. A cute idea can be to extend this theme to your save the date, invitations, and RSVP cards.

Have a backup plan

Because the weather has the chance of being more severe during a winter wedding, it’s always a good idea – and an insurance policy – to have a solid backup plan in place. If a particularly cold front comes on, it can be a great idea to have sorted out a wedding marquee, so you’re not left out in the cold! The simple hiring of a marquee can shield you from the harsh elements and keep in that desired warmth.

So there you have it; it’s as simple as that! Keep these 5 helpful tips close to your chest when you’re planning your perfect, winter wonderland wedding.