Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - Jul-Aug 2023 (Issue 70)

THE NATURAL WORLD Jacqui Owen from Jacqui O ( says: To create enchanting wedding florals with wow factor why not consider the following? • Style. Let your wedding theme and style guide you towards the right colour palette, flower varieties, and arrangements that complement the décor. • Location. The landscape, surroundings, and setting of the venue can influence your flower arrangement choices. A garden venue might need different floral choices than a beach as you set the right tone for your special day. • Time of year. Some blooms are only available during certain seasons, and it’s important to check availability before making any decisions. For example, peonies are usually available end of May/early June, which is when they’re at their very best. • Fragrance. Select scented blooms, and they’ll enhance the overall ambience of your outdoor wedding, evoking memories of the day for years to come. • Weather conditions. It’s important to choose flowers that can withstand heat or wind. You’ll also need a backup plan in case of bad weather. That’s why having an expert florist on your team helps as they can advise you on the best course of action. • Local sourcing. Consider sourcing your flowers locally. They’re perfect for eco-conscious couples who want to reduce their impact on the environment and support their local economy. • Budget. If you have a limited budget, ask your floral designer to prioritise your must-haves, and those that make the most visual impact. You might need to consider where you’re willing to compromise. By considering these factors, you can create a beautiful al fresco floral experience that will leave your guests talking about your wedding for years to come. ENJOY THE RIDE The wedding experts at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa ( says: Al fresco nuptials can be both exciting and challenging. We hope our tips will help you on your way to your dream outdoor wedding. • Weather. If you’re anticipating a hot day, consider providing handheld fans to keep your guests cool and for grassy areas, heel stoppers can be a saviour, preventing heels from sinking into the ground. Our wedding gazebo offers both shelter and beautiful views over the Mere lake, and our indoor event space ensures your celebration continues, no matter what nature brings. • Technology. Ensure your vows and speeches are heard by all, especially in an open-air setting. Consider utilising a microphone to amplify your voices, allowing everyone to fully engage in the heartfelt moments. • Picturesque backdrop. Outdoor settings provide effortless backdrops for your wedding photos. With soft and natural lighting to enhance your photos. Your photographer can guide you to the most picturesque spots and help you capture moments that will last a lifetime. • Communicate with guests. Inform your loved ones about the outdoor setting ahead of time. Advise them to dress appropriately and provide any necessary details. Planning an outdoor wedding requires careful consideration. Let our experienced wedding planners bring your vision to life, ensuring an enchanting experience for you and your guests. DON’T WORRY, BEE HAPPY Sarah Boalch, wedding celebrant from Ceremonies with Personality ( says: The first thing is to find yourself a celebrant who can create a super special ceremony to match your personalities and wedding setting. Many are very accustomed to working outdoors so will likely have some great tips and ideas to make your celebration perfect! A good idea to avoid stress on your big day is to have a plan B! The weather can be unpredictable, so think about where you could hold your ceremony if it rains, or maybe have big umbrellas on hand for your guests if you feel like braving it – we’ve all seen that mushy movie scene where the loved-up couple smooch in the rain, right? Most couples who choose outdoor weddings do so because they love being surrounded by nature, so when planning your ceremony consider using sustainable items such as rose petals in place of confetti and decorating with natural products like pampas grass. Super-cute favours include wildflower seeds so your guests can plant them at home and be reminded of your special day as their flowers grow – the bees will thank you too! ASK THE EXPERTS 53