Be saved from stress about your wedding with an outdoor venue
BY SANDRA SIAGIAN
IF THE weather is right and the season is favourable, outdoor settings can serve as an ideal venue for a wedding.
Whether it’s a beach, garden or a large backyard, there are plenty of options to find an outdoor setting to say “I do”.
Troy Harper and Melissa Conroy, of Caringbah, chose to have an outdoor wedding last November. The couple were married overlooking the ocean at the Kiama Blowhole on the south coast.
“We’re really beachy people and laid back,” Mrs Harper said about the venue choice. “Kiama was where we spent our first weekend away together, it was sentimental to us.”
Mrs Harper said the weather was perfect even though storm clouds made an appearance half an hour before the ceremony.
But with a back-up plan to use a pavilion nearby if it rained, the couple were lucky to only feel a bit of wind. “As soon as we held up the marriage certificate this wind storm came,” Mrs Harper said. “We then had all our photos taken and 20 minutes later it started raining. We were lucky.”
With bon bon decorations hanging from a tree and rose petals making a path, Mrs Harper said an outdoor wedding made it easier to decorate how she wanted it. “In a church you need lots of flowers,” she said. “Outside you have the oceans, trees, blue skies and rose petals which is romantic. It saves a lot of stress and even if we didn’t have any decorations the backdrop is all you need.”