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the editorials: Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

August 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m really proud to be asked to contribute on a regular basis to some leading bridal titles both on a National and regional level and very happy to be able to share my published press with you on these pretty pages.

Today I’m hoping to put some roses in your cheeks with my spread on outdoor weddings featured in North East glossy, Unveiled Magazine.

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I wrote: It may be the romantic notion of the wind in your hair and the sun on your backs, long lead times and increasing rates at traditional locations or a desire for something that feels a little more adventurous, but more and more Brides Up North are choosing to host their wedding ceremonies in the open air.

And once you’re out, why not stay out? A big white tent isn’t your only option for your wedding reception.  Whilst nothing tops the glamour of a beautifully lined formal marquee for a traditional celebration, there are plenty more outdoor choices available.  Think about how you want your wedding to look and feel before choosing your awnings.  Consider a pretty yurt, a big top, a Scandinavian style tipi or even a Bedouin style tent for a day with a difference.

If you are thinking about taking things outdoors, here are my top tips for the perfect day whatever the weather.

legally wed

If you want your ceremony to be legally binding, the venue must be a permanent structure with a roof and approved for marriage.  There’s always the option of saying “I do” in a separate civil or religious ceremony but some venues have licensed areas with a roof in the grounds such as a summerhouse or a gazebo so that couples can still tie the knot in the open air.  Do your homework in advance and make sure that your chosen location will result in a valid marriage certificate.

do the maths

If you were hoping that removing the walls would bring the price down, think again!  An outdoor reception is definitely a style, rather than budget, led choice.  You’ll need to allow for the cost of any tent or covering, any venue fees for where you choose to park it and all those easily overlooked additional extras – like electricity, lighting, heating and toilet facilities – that an outdoor celebration needs to function.  Ask your provider exactly what is included in the quote from the outset to avoid any nasty surprises.

come rain or shine

Contrary to popular belief, a wedding reception outdoors can work in all seasons.  The giant tipi design is inspired by the traditional tipis lived in by the Sami people of Lapland – so they’re built to withstand the weather and contain warmth.  Stoke up the fire pit, artfully drape a few fur throws and you and your guests are set to party into the small hours.

the sky’s the limit

Rustic or formal, weddings in the great outdoors are very adaptable.  Choose to let the outside in with natural blooms for a homespun look, or go to town with glossy dance floors and twinkling backdrops.  Whatever your preference, raising the roof widens rather than limits your styling options.

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If you’re going outside, try these suppliers for size:

ceremonies

One Life Weddings

Their bespoke service allows you to have the ceremony that you want.

Castle & Country

Your day, your way.

caterers

Dine

Outside catering specialists, Dine make every event special.

Ramside Event Catering

Large enough to serve all your catering needs.  Small enough to care.

CWC Malings Ltd

High quality catering services for private functions.

tipis & tents

Shades Of India

Traditional & vintage marquees and tents

Papakata

The best parties happen in Papakata tents!

Totally Tipi

What it says on the tin: giant tipi hire, nationwide.

venue stylists & props

Pamella Dunn Events

Killer effects and creative details to style up your space.

We Love This Ltd

A creative agency specialising in experiences, indoor and out.

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about the author

Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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