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Wedding Ideas

A Guide to Your Perfect Outdoor Ceremony

Gaynes Park really is the most extraordinary setting for a wedding so it’s no surprise that many of our couples now choose an outdoor ceremony.

Glorious gardens, beautiful barns and a fantastic array of outdoor spaces combine to give you the perfect backdrop for a wedding in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a perfect outdoor ceremony or a memorable white wedding surrounded by nature, Gaynes Park is the perfect setting.

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Locations For Your Outdoor Wedding

You are spoilt for choice at Gaynes Park when it comes to outdoor weddings and we’re full of wedding ideas to help you create the ceremony that you’re dreaming about.

Let’s start with the gorgeous Gather Barn because this open-sided barn is a truly unique spot for your ceremony and it’s licensed for civil weddings. You can share the moment with up to 150 guests and it’s the ultimate location for a rustic wedding. The views are spectacular, and the barn looks incredible when it’s decorated.

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You can also indulge your desire for an outdoor ceremony in the Walled Garden and with the dreamy array of plants and flowers that brighten the space all year around, this is a favourite spot for lots of Gaynes Park couples. With your registrars, yourself and your partner standing just inside the beautiful Orangery, your guests can take their seats in the stunning garden while you say your vows. Walk up the garden aisle, use the romantic pavilion for photos and move straight into your drinks reception – perfection.

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It’s also important to know that as Gaynes Park is an exclusive use wedding venue, there are a host of options for a ‘plan B’ in case the weather on the day isn’t ideal for an outdoor ceremony. Move into the Orangery to keep your guests cool or to keep them dry from the odd shower. This space has both aircon and heating, so whatever happens we’ve got you covered! Alternatively, if you’re set on an outdoor ceremony but the summer sun is beating down, host your ceremony in the Gather Barn which has plenty of shade and shelter for you and your guests.

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© Kristain Lissimore Photography

Styling Your Outdoor Wedding

Styling an outdoor ceremony is so much fun and at Gaynes Park, you’re able to let your imagination and creativity run wild!

Ceremony backdrops are big news and we love them as they frame you as you take your vows. The backdrop that you choose should definitely fit with the style of your wedding but everything from suspended floral hoops and fabric drapes to neon signs, giant letters, arches, pampas grass installations and geometric displays all work perfectly. Of course, you might prefer the natural beauty of the backdrops at Gaynes Park and we completely understand if you do!

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<p>A brilliant welcome sign is always a great addition to your ceremony, particularly if it’s being held outside as it shows guests exactly where they need to be and almost creates a boundary for your ceremony space. Chalkboard signs are great for rustic weddings as are signs made from wooden pallets. You can also create welcome signs with all manner of props including bicycles, wheelbarrows and indeed anything that will work with your theme.</p>

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Making The Most Of The Moment

Finally, why not make the most of the moment by spending a little more time outdoors? Invite guests to enjoy drinks in the Walled Garden after your ceremony or set our garden games to break the ice.

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Also, make sure that your photographer captures everything that the outdoor spaces at Gaynes Park have to offer. Pre-ceremony first-look photos with your partner are bang on trend and can be a really fun addition to your album. Or, if you’ve added lots of personal touches and cool wedding ideas to the space, make sure that your photographer has time to record them all.

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Lastly, enjoy your outdoor ceremony here at Gaynes Park and let us help you create the day that you want. We’re always here to offer advice or to answer any questions that you might have, and we love to do things differently so if there’s something you’d like to do, just ask!

To find out more about outdoor weddings at Gaynes Park and to view the spaces, why not make an appointment to come and see us? We’d love to show you around and talk more about your wedding. You can arrange a visit here and don’t forget to take a look at this list of must-have wedding photos – you’ll want them all in your album!

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