Planning an outdoor wedding can feel daunting so we invited Hannah from Hannah Rachael Weddings as our guest this month on the blog to give some guidance and tips ready for a year of weddings ahead and the trends she expects to see in 2022.
Hi Hannah! Can you tell us who you are & a bit about your business?
I’m Hannah the wedding planner behind Hannah Rachael Weddings. I’m all about helping couples to create a wedding which is unique, exquisitely planned and full of detail. I’m absolutely obsessed with all thing’s weddings, and I’m probably best known for my detailed function sheets!
What's your top tip for planning an outdoor wedding?
Make sure you understand what your suppliers require. An outdoor wedding involves slightly more planning to make sure everything runs smoothly. Make sure your suppliers are aware of
the facilities onsite and if possible, try to arrange a site visit with them so they know what to expect during set-up and on the day itself. You will need to be aware of their power, water, parking, and access requirements so make sure to ask these questions early on.
What things should couples think about 'on the day'?
There is a lot to think about on your wedding day so I definitely advise hiring an on the day coordinator who can oversee everything, so you don’t have to. A coordinator will create a detailed plan and timeline of your day and will discuss this with your suppliers ahead of time. They will then oversee set-up, answer any last-minute supplier questions, and rectify any unexpected hiccups which may occur leaving you to enjoy your day.
How would you style a yurt for a wedding?
With lots and lots of beautiful seasonal florals, some gorgeous textured linen and coloured glassware.
What trends do you expect to see for weddings in 2022?
I think a lot of couples and suppliers will be more mindful about the environment and how they can make their wedding and businesses more sustainable. Couples are already starting to ask more questions and are choosing suppliers who are trying to reduce waste and the impact they have on the environment.
Couples are also doing away with traditions such as speeches, cake cuts and first dances and aren’t feeling the need to incorporate elements into their day which don’t represent who they are as a couple.
There’s also more emphasis on entertainment which I think is a direct result from everyone feeling pretty cooped up the last two years. Couples want to throw a party that no one’s going to forget in a hurry!
What's your advice for hosting a sustainable wedding?
Choose suppliers who have sustainability at the forefront of everything they do. Choose a florist who uses natural or reusable mechanics. Choose a cake maker and caterer who use organic and locally grown ingredients. Hire items instead of buying and support local suppliers where possible.
What are your top 3 questions for suppliers?
What is included in your service/package?
What power/water/access do you require?
When will you be arriving to set-up and pack down and how long do you need?
What's your favourite part of a wedding?
I’m an absolute wedding geek so I love every bit, but the ceremony is probably my favourite part. I’ve been so privileged to see so many beautiful ceremonies, each one completely different from the last which I love.
I offer full, partial and on the day coordination. It’s important to me that all my services are bespoke and tailored specifically to my couples and their individual requirements. I’m based in North Yorkshire but travel all over the UK planning and coordinating beautiful weddings.
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For more information about hiring a yurt for your outdoor wedding, click here.