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Outside Weddings - Where to start?

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Outside weddings are becoming more and more popular. Couples are generally wanting more flexibility with their day. They can easily achieve this by doing an outside wedding.  Although sometimes this can be mean more work for the couple. Some couples like the opportunity of getting involved but some opt for a wedding planner to organise their day. We have worked and organised many weddings for couples bringing all the elements together.  We do offer planning as part of our services, but equally we have worked with some excellent planners and this is who we would recommend: 


The I Do's

Some couples want to take it a step further and have a ceremony that is also personalised to them. Legally married even the day before or earlier the same day, they see this personal ceremony as their wedding. This is a non legal blessing or a humanist ceremony can be undertaken by anyone. However if you are struggling with this concept yourself, this is where a celebrant comes in . Like the lovely Claire Bradford from Creating Ceremonies who works with a couple to produce their vows and then becomes the person to officiate the day. 

If you opt for this option then you can get married anywhere you so choose.  Why not opt for a outside ceremony with hay bales for seating.  We have these available to hire at To Have & To Hire.



There are lots of private land owners who hire out their land for events. These are normally hidden gems that offer some level of flexibility. However they are normally very basic and require you to organise and supply the basic amenities such as electricity and toilets.  Here are some links to some in sussex: 

  • Meadowslea - Tel: 01403 782888

  • Maplehurst Farm - Please contact Tentario fo details.

Some wedding venues also have the facility or land that you can hire for an outside wedding. Here are some we would recommend. 

Marquee, Tipi's & Belle Tents

Gone are the days of having a traditional marquee for your wedding. Now you can go with the more vintage and quirky.

Pole Tents  

These are a more vintage style marquee with wooden central poles as shown here provided by Tents n Events based in Arundel.  




Marquees can be as basic or glamourous as you want.  Here are some recommendations for companies that can help you out.



These are stunning structures that consist of hats that are joined together in different formations to create a custom design for your venue.  Here are some lovely images from Tentario.


Stretch Tents

What a great option for your event.  These versatile tents can be created into many different shapes.  We recommend the great Tentstyle for these tents.



Belle Tents  

By hiring some land, most landowners allow you and your guests to camp. This makes for a real party atmosphere and carries the celebrations onto the following day. This is where you may consider hiring some Belle Tents. These can be installed and setup for your guests and can be fully furnished, even with real mattresses and wood burners.  We would highly recommend Beautiful Belles.


Please keep an eye out for our next blog post on outside weddings.  There is so much to cover we are posting in several blogs.  Do not forget to subscribe to us to keep up to date with our news.