Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - Sep-Oct 2023 (Issue 71)

Outdoor weddings are wonderful. There’s nothing quite like celebrating al fresco on a beautiful day with the warm sun and a gentle breeze on your skin, surrounded by the beauty of nature. It can be just as joyful and romantic as it sounds. But there’s a lot to think about when it comes to the planning process. If you’ve decided to go the whole hog, you’ll most likely be facing a blank field here, so you’ll need to account for all of the crucial comfort elements that would be inherent in a permanent venue. It’ll all be worth it in the end though, and the most important thing is to bring all the best suppliers on board – those who’ve literally been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, with the wisdom to back you up. Here, a few of the region’s experts explain what’s what... The region’s suppliers tell us just how they can help when it comes to planning an al fresco wedding celebration A BREATH CHESHIRE WOODLAND WEDDINGS 01606 882 223 | Connor Murphy says: We’re an award-winning wedding venue offering a one-of-a-kind experience… you could even call it ‘a breath of fresh air!’ Our licensed ceremonies take place nestled in our 15-acre woodland within an enchanting, thatched cabana while your nearest and dearest take in the view. We can even have your rings delivered by owl! Your guests can truly take in the great outdoors, and we can tailor you a package full of fun activities from archery and Segway, to falconry. Party the night away in our barn or sit back and relax in the warm glow of the firepits. Alongside our venue, we have a team of dedicated and awardwinning wedding coordinators who will help you plan your big day every step of the way, allowing you to enjoy it worry-free. Connor’s top tip: One of the biggest things you can’t control on your day is the weather, but this shouldn’t be a bad thing. If it rains, turn your photo shoot into a Singing In The Rain woodland edition, and maybe get some disposable ponchos to keep guests dry. If it snows, grab your nearest and dearest and make some snow angels. Just be sure to purchase some blankets for the colder evenings. These moments are what you make of them, and if you embrace the weather, it won’t spoil your day. What’s the best thing about celebrating in the great outdoors versus staying inside? There’s something a little bit magical about having a ceremony outdoors, especially in a woodland. The surroundings almost amplify the occasion, it feels like something straight out of a Robin Hood epic or Lord of the Rings. Even if you’re not into fantasy genres, the open woodland offers a little more intimacy, as if the busy world has stopped, just for the two of you. FRESH AIR of OUTDOOR WEDDINGS 49