Getting Married in The Great Outdoors. 

Imagine it: a gorgeous, lush landscape, a small gathering of guests, and you and your partner exchanging vows under a canopy of bright green leaves. Sounds amazing, right? Well, thankfully it doesn’t have to just be fantasy. Many national parks and outdoor public lands around the world allow people to have their wedding there. Getting married on public land give nature lovers the chance to exchange their vows in a place which they hold near and dear to their hearts. Let’s take a look at some of the perks of getting married out in nature. 

The Permit Costs:

One of the most enticing aspects of using public lands for your wedding is how little the permits costs. For example, in the US, it is only about 200$ to reserve your spot. In the UK, getting married on public land is free, but you will need to double check on if there are fees for any extras like using speakers or temporary event notices. So, for couples who are trying to keep costs down, getting married on public land maybe a great way to have an amazing venue at a fraction of the price. Plus, most of the money these spaces and parks take for wedding fees goes into keeping these wonderful spaces running. So, really, by choosing this route, you are giving back. Nice!

Saving on Decorations:

In much the same way getting married on a boat can help keep decorating costs down, so can getting married in public spaces. Mother Nature is a great decorator and by using what is on hand, you can have some spectacular and memorable decorations. Just remember, if you are going to bring in extra decorations, be sure to take them with you. Most public spaces have a “Leave No Trace” policy, so, if you bring it in with you, make sure it goes out with you. This is to ensure people can continue to get married in these public spaces for years to come. 

Odds and Ends:

As with any wedding there are always a ton of odds and ends which need to be taken care of.  While some, like making sure your guests are able to get to and from the event easily may be one of the first things which comes to mind, making sure there are enough bathrooms available is another story. So, remember to add in the cost of renting and removing toilets if need be. It may not be glamorous, but it is important. 

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Themed Weddings

themed weddings

When it comes to weddings, classic weddings are still the most common way to exchange vows. However, in recent years, themed weddings have been gaining in popularity. More and more, couples seem to enjoy incorporating things which brought them together into the ceremony and reception. From medieval romance to 1920s decadence to your pop culture obsessions, here is a way to narrow down all the choices and figure out ways to weave a theme wedding day to make it as unique and interesting as your love.

Shared Interests

There are probably a lot of different things which brought you together: your mutual love of chocolate, the fact you both can’t imagine the idea of functioning without coffee, your fascination with the 1920s, or that you are both Marvel people to your core. So, if having a theme wedding is how you dream of exchange your vows, choosing one or, if you want to make it really fun and a little whimsical, two of your interests to focus on is the first thing you need to do. Make a list of things you would like to use as a theme for your wedding to help you organize your thoughts and narrow the choices down.

There are several ways you can come to a decision on which theme to go with. The first is obviously how easily you can incorporate elements of your theme into the wedding, and for everyone this is different. If it is going to require you and your partner to make a ton of decorations and you both work 40+ hrs a week, that may not be the best choice, unless you have friends and family willing to help out. Another is how appropriate it is for celebrating love. While you both may be obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case, this does not strike the most romantic note.

It’s all about the details

cowboy inspired wedding

Once you have agreed on a theme, you need to decide if it is only going to be little nods here and there or if it is going to be present in everything from decorations to the wedding party’s clothes to even the guests dressing up. One of the most important things to remember, when having a full-on theme wedding, including asking for people to come in costume, is the financial requirements which go along with that. Sometimes getting an entire costume together for a one-time event isn’t in the cards for everyone. A classy way to get around this is to add “costumes are welcome” to the invite. It lets people know they can join in the costumed fun but are not required to do so.

Finally, don’t forget the fun stuff. Part of having a themed wedding means special touches which can be added. Have the bartender come up with a cocktail inspired by your theme, pick out mementos for the guests which break from the traditional Jordan almonds and reflect the theme, and say thank you to your wedding party with personalized gifts with the theme in mind.

Themed weddings can be a fun way to liven up your nuptial and show your guests some of the reasons you fell in love. So have fun with it and make it an day to remember.