October 04, 2017

A Guide on Effectively Choosing an Outdoor Wedding Location

Celebrate your big day in the great outdoors at some of Sydney’s prettiest spots. The thought of less-than-perfect weather might make you want to keep things inside from ceremony to dancefloor, but there’s more than enough good reasons for taking your love outside.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue(sky) – while there are few things as unpredictable as the weather, the wonderful thing about choosing an outdoor wedding location in New South Wales is that the weather is generally warm and sunny. Of course, its always good to be prepared. Make sure you have photogenic umbrellas for the bridal party and maybe some extras for guests. Hire outdoor heaters if it looks like it might get a little chilly or supply blankets for a cosy vibe.


Dress To Impress – but don’t forget your jacket. As chivalrous as the groom might look giving the bride his jacket, he only has one. So, give your guests a heads up that as the sun sets they might like something a little warmer.


Head Over Heels – let your guests know that your venue is outdoors so that they can choose outside appropriate footwear. Not everyone can manage 4inch stilettos for lawn mingling.


Love Me Vendor – even if your venue provides the basics, choose a venue that allows you to make it especially you. From fairy lights to table settings, photo booths to outdoor games; shop around for the right vendor or let your venue suggest some of their preferred suppliers.


Al Fresco – re-think ordinary plated wedding dinners and get creative with your menu. Make the most of the outdoors and serve up cakes and finger food on mismatched china plates for an afternoon tea style dinner or roasted veggies, BBQ classics and even a full spit roast for something more substantial and relaxed.


Drink It Inoutdoor weddings and summery welcome drinks are a perfect couple. Whether you opt for Pimm’s and Lemonade or sparkling Prosecco don’t forget to provide plenty of all-ages drinks and designated driver friendly options. Things looking a little colder for your wedding? Mulled wine and marshmallow topped hot chocolates taste as good as they look.


Save the date – weather in Sydney is at its warmest in December and February, but you’ll also risk the most humidity, and no-one looks good when they are sweating through their shirt. A late spring or early autumn wedding can be just right for warm temperatures and pleasant outdoor weather from morning ‘til night.


(Cricket) match made in heaven – keep your guests entertained with outdoor games. From lawn bowls to a friendly game of cricket, outdoor weddings offer plenty of opportunities for guests to mingle and keep themselves entertained during photo sessions and before food service.


Wedding bands – or DJ’s? Guests might forget what your wedding rings look like, but guests always remember a great live band or a DJ who knew exactly how to fill the floor. Don’t underestimate the importance of music for an epic wedding.


Love at first light – forget Instagram filters, there’s nothing quite as photo-complementary as natural light. Choose a photographer who makes the most of it for soft, dreamy and Pinterest worthy photos that you will treasure. 


Stress-free Planning 

Novotel Sydney Norwest – It’s no secret that planning a wedding can bring out the bridezilla in even the most relaxed bride (or groom) to be, but with a wedding package the stressful bits are taken care of so you can just enjoy your big day. For your outdoor garden wedding ceremony venue look no further than Novotel Sydney Norwest for lush gardens, an intimate gazebo and plenty of romantic stress-free wedding packages to choose from.