The return of outdoor ceremonies at The Old Hall is a welcome sight! Greenery and sunshine highlight the Cathedral on the horizon over the fields and guests fill our topiary courtyard with laughter. For many of our couples, getting married outdoors and feeling connected to nature is really important, especially when our outdoor option, the Garden Pavilion, is so incredible and sure to frame the moment perfectly!
Outdoor weddings here come with an array of benefits, from being able to capture the perfect confetti shots and bouquet throw to garden games and outdoor drinks receptions, all are welcome sights after the winter chill lifts. With 10 acres of manicured lawns it’s great to see our guests making the most of all the spaces we have. Couples are always happy to see children playing games in the garden whilst they head off around the grounds to capture the perfect sun drenched photographs whilst guests often like to enjoy our Topiary gardens, just off the house bar, during drinks receptions with beautiful landscaping and water fountains.
One of the key considerations if you’re planning for an outdoor ceremony is attire. Layers are recommended for both couples and guests alike, there’s nothing worse than having the opportunity to enjoy your day outside but the weather feeling cooler than it looks. We recommend you make your guests aware of your plans ahead of the event so they can plan accordingly. Also in the warmer months if you’re looking to spend more time outside think sun cream, especially for children, and keep topped up with water as well as celebratory drinks! Couples planning for peak summer dates might like to consider packing a little extra factor 50 to avoid looking a little bit pink in their photographs, after all, it does contrast a little with a white dress!
Not everyone wants to get married alfresco, which is absolutely fine too! This removes so many uncontrollable variables like temperature and weather and with our orangery, you’ll feel like you’re outdoors anyway. With the months in early spring or late summer often being that little bit cooler it’s always an option to get married inside but to have the doors open to move easily between indoors and outdoors during the remainder of the celebration.
It’s also important to remember that the decision on indoor or outdoor ceremony is ultimately that of the registrar, so please don’t be disappointed if the forecast isn’t in your favour. Always plan for an indoor ceremony and count it as an added bonus if you are lucky enough to enjoy saying your vows in the fresh air!