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Emma Hla of Coco Wedding Venues on the best time of year for your outdoor ceremony.

THE RISE OF THE OUTDOOR WEDDING

Emma Hla, founder and curator of Coco Wedding Venues, helps you decide the best time for your outdoor ceremony.
• WORDS: E. HLA

 

From blissful beach setting to a pretty country garden, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the thought of an outdoor wedding.

Outdoor weddings and celebrant-led ceremonies are fast becoming the go-to for modern couples across the country. Plus, with the possibility of the law changing allowing outdoor celebrations to be much easier, this is only encouraging brides and grooms to swap tradition and opt for al fresco instead.

Offering an incredible, natural backdrop and setting for your love story, it’s easy to see the attraction of an outdoor wedding ceremony. You can work with the natural décor of your surroundings or you can decorate your ceremony space with lots of Instagram-worthy details. The choice is yours!

An outdoor wedding often comes hand in hand with a celebrant-led ceremony. Celebrant-led weddings are reflective, personal and tailored to suit each and every couple. Celebrants will focus on the aspects that you feel are most important to you and your union, ideal for brides and grooms who want to stray away from tradition. Ultimately, a celebrant-led ceremony can be exactly what you want it to be, offering the freedom and flexibility to have the day you have envisioned.

So, when is best for your outdoor ceremony?

SPRING
Flowers are blooming, the weather is fresh and it’s the start of something new: spring really is a wonderful time of year for an outdoor ceremony. And what could be more romantic than a floral archway adorned with seasonal spring blooms? With a soft blue hue that works perfectly with a pastel palette, the effortlessly stylish Ted Baker lounge suit is a great fit for a spring soirée. Team it with smart brown leather shoes and a dainty buttonhole (pale pink, lemon yellow, baby blue) and you’re ready to get married.

 

SUMMER
Summer is probably the most popular season to tie the knot outdoors and it’s easy to see why. You are more likely to be spoilt with sunshine (fingers crossed) and your outdoor setting will be looking its best. Stand out this season in the Moss London peacock blue suit, with its bold shade of blue and stylish, skinny fit. We can’t get enough of this fashion-forward three-piece suit.

 

AUTUMN
Boasting the dreamiest colour palettes and incredible backdrops, autumn has so much to offer for an outdoor ceremony. So understandably, you need a suit to match. Tweed is set to stay in the spotlight and this unstoppable groomswear trend is made for the modern groom who wants a suit with a relaxed yet stylish vibe. Team the Moss 1851 Grey windowpane tweed jacket with jewel tones for a luxe look or with floral neckwear for something a little more bohemian. The tweed jacket and waistcoat combo will ensure you are looking sharp and sophisticated for your ceremony, while the thick texture will no doubt keep you warm too.

 

WINTER
If you’re thinking an outdoor ceremony in the winter just won’t work, you’re wrong! Add in some throws, blankets a fire pit or two and a beautiful canvas covering and there’s no reason you can’t have an outdoor ceremony in the chillier months too. If you’re considering getting hitched al fresco, we’ve got a huge crush on the Moss 1851 grey lounge suit. Designed for the groom who wants a suit that’s smart yet relaxed, the three-piece suit can be teamed with icy, cool blue tones for a winter wonderland wedding in the great outdoors.
Outdoor weddings and celebrant-led ceremonies really can be anything you want them to be. Whether you choose to tie the knot under a romantic gazebo, against a dramatic cliff-top backdrop or a walled garden overflowing with flowers, you can create a ceremony that is unique to you. There really is something effortlessly romantic about an outdoor wedding ceremony, and thanks to Moss Bros., you’ll be ready for the altar in no time.

 

Coco Wedding Venues, the award-winning website, currently showcases over 500 hundred wedding venues across the UK with more being added weekly. The site’s curator, Emma Hla, personally selects each featured venue and also provides plenty of stylish inspiration on the Coco Wedding Venues blog.