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If the drama of 2020 has left you wanting something more relaxed, a simple outdoor wedding might be what you’re craving.

Simple outdoor weddings are a great hit with brides & grooms and guests alike. Relaxed days can help you manage your stress levels and budgets, as well as creating an environment your guests will feel comfortable in.

There are plenty of ways to keep your wedding simple — from easy, crowd-pleasing food at self-contained food vans, to DIY decor and off-the-shelf clothing. With so many easy options, there are no excuses for making your minimal day special.

Follow our tips and tricks to keep your simple outdoor wedding low-key & stress-free.

1. Choose an All in One Venue

Having a simple outdoor wedding is only possible with the help of a bit of shelter. Styles vary for the type of cover you can find, but structures that help you compartmentalise dinner and dancing include;

  • Tipis
  • Sailcloth Marquee or Sperry Tent
  • Clear Marquee
  • Stretch Tent
  • Dome Tents

Finding a location that will fit your marquee, catering, services, parking and even potentially glamping is the best way to ensure that your venue is a multifunctional option, streamlining your planning and keeping your day more relaxed.

2. Go for Easy Catering

Simplifying your catering is a great way to knock off a few layers of fluff from your wedding weekend. Minimise menu decisions, kit rental and space requirements with a food van — not only do they look cool, but they feed your friends and family in an easy, stress-free way. Check out your local listings for food vans serving up:

  • Fish & Chips
  • Wood-Fired Pizza
  • BBQ
  • Mac & Cheese
  • World Street Food

One of the best things about food vans is that they’re usually self-sufficient. Often running on gas with their own water supplies, food van pricing is normally pretty much what you’ll end up paying. Remember to ask for their requirements when you get your quotes.

3. Order Off-the-shelf Clothing

Keeping your simple wedding ticklist on track are high street clothing brands, bringing wedding lines into the mainstream. Bridal gowns, bridesmaid gowns and suits for the groom’s party can all be found online from:

  • ASOS Wedding
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • John Lewis Wedding

Alternatively, go direct to a designer with your measurements. Often their more modest job list will allow for a quick and easy turnaround.

  • Etsy
  • Freelance Job Posting sites like Upwork

You might find a hidden gem!

4. Focus on Simple Decor

Outdoor wedding decor needn’t be too fancy — after all, your beautiful outdoor location is doing a lot of the work for you. But if you do have some spaces to decorate, focus on;

  • Foliage, foliage, foliage.

Foliage is the most direct route to a beautiful and simple decor design. Order or pick up yourselves from flower auctions to keep costs down.

Check out the Helsby Pinterest board for more inspiration.

5. Get a Grip on your guestlist

While it may sound like a complicated way of doing things, creating your own wedding website will actually make your life a lot simpler. You can relay all your important info, send people auto-updates by email, receive your RSVPs and manage people’s dietary requirements.

Try easy website builders from;

  • Squarespace
  • GoDaddy
  • Sayi.Do

A simple outdoor wedding is easier to achieve than you think. Don’t overcomplicate things, stay cool and stay minimal, and your wedding could be the perfect antidote to the real world.