Five of the best ways to say “I do” in the great outdoors

Five of the best ways to say “I do” in the great outdoors

Are you thinking of getting married outside? Exchanging your vows in the sun, then dancing the night away under the stars? Gone are the days of simply choosing between the church or the registry office, nowadays people can get hitched almost anywhere they wish and many are opting for the open air. Fairy lights, picnic blankets, wild flowers, vintage rugs and hay bails, there is so much romance in an outdoor wedding it’s easy to see why so many people dream of one. Due to an old English law which says ceremonies must take place in a building with a roof (canvas doesn’t count) many people mistakenly think they can’t get married outside. However by keeping the legal side separate (signing the paperwork at a registry office) then having a blessing on the big day, couples are able to have the outdoor wedding they’ve always dreamt of. So where to hold the big day? Here in Sussex we are truly spoilt for choice with the rolling South Downs, stately homes, beaches, woodland and acres of fields to choose from. Along with the outdoor setting the other main consideration is how to keep yourselves and your guests protected from the weather (either rain or sun). While there’s every chance you will have a beautiful summers day, the English weather cannot be relied upon so some form of shelter is a must. Tranquil and traditional or quirky and original there are outdoor weddings to suit every style. So to stop your head spinning with the myriad of different options we’ve put together this guide of five of the best ways to...