Garden set-up at Capella Singapore
1. Don’t leave guests melting
“Give out ice-cold bottles of water, sunscreen and battery-run fans. If it’s very warm, rent large electric fans,” says Hua Shu Ying, founder of venue styling and props company Merry Love Weddings
2. Have a wet weather contingency plan
Rain is one of the worst things to happen at an outdoor celebration so don’t be caught unprepared. Check if your venue has a sheltered area guests can be relocated to, and keep ponchos, raincoats and umbrellas on hand. Alternatively, you might want to hire a marquee or tent, which can look beautiful, or book an indoor venue as a backup, although this can chalk up additional costs.
3. Some blooms won’t survive in the heat
Speak to your florist about your venue before deciding on the flowers. But if you’re set on having a garden-themed wedding, Michelle Poh of Hitched Weddings & Parties suggests moving it indoors. “If it is too hot outside, incorporate the rich colours of summer indoors via flowers set against warmer elements. It is not just appealing but also lets you choose blooms that won’t survive outdoors.”
4. Think about access to the place
A remote field or garden might be the wedding venue of your dreams but you’ll also have to consider if it’s convenient for your vendors and guests to access or if parking is an issue.
5. Permits and restrictions
Some public locations require a permit, or have rules and regulations on the number of people, alcohol, food and decorations. Be sure to check with the relevant authorities before using or booking the venue.
Custom-made arch with pink roses and blue hydrangeas by SPELLBOUND WEDDINGS.
The images were featured in Her World Brides March – May 2015.