You have decided to have a wedding with the natural and outdoorsy feel to it, Now whether you are having it in an open field, a backyard , local recreation park, a public building car park , a public or private garden. The following tips are advisable to be put in place to ensure you have the perfect outdoor event. Also included are the top ideal garden locations for weddings in Ibadan.
1. A perfect plan :
Consider food(Catered, barbecue or buffet) type of reception, guest list, flow of human traffic, location, distance from central area, accessibility, space allocation, design e.t.c.
Don’t forget to have backup /alternative plans just to cover all bases. Rent all materials needed ahead and allow enough time to book the wedding location or for cancellation.
This involves taking the necessary precautions, like adequate car parking lot, security, car attendants, no car should be left idling or unattended fires , also a canopy or small tent is necessary to acts as protection from natural elements even when the weather forecasts are perfect. Winds, rains, hot blazing sun can sometimes be unpredictable . It is good to be always be prepared, ensure guests are comfortable and save yourselves unnecessary stress or lawsuits later.
It is also advisable to inform guests ahead on the need to dress appropriately, you can choose the dress code , no heels especially during the rainy period where heels can easily sink into earth.
3. Props and design layout :
The decoration, design and style of the outdoor space is as important as the wedding itself. This will add aesthetics value, beautify the scene and create a perfect background to take good quality pictures for memories sake. Well maintained gardens such as horticultural or botanical gardens need less decor and save you on decoration costs as the plants,flora , trees, shrubs even sometimes lake add so much grace and loveliness to the kind of ambiance you are trying to create . Usually during the rainy season, the grass is greener and plants blossoms well, emitting sweet scents , however in a well kept garden, the time of season doesn’t really matter as the plants are maintained/trimmed all year along .
The garden/outdoor space can also be prepped by the use of natural looking party props and proper garden styling. However to achieve maximum result, the wedding location should have been booked months/weeks ahead to give enough time for its preparation . The wedding area can also be designed to make it look spacious and eye appealing.
4. Coordinated theme :
There are many themes of outdoor events to choose from including rustic, vintage, country, magical, whimsical . The theme chosen must be coordinated and consistent throughout. Each theme is differentiated in the type of props, designs ,colors, linens, flowers, photo frames, centerpieces, chairs, food used for the event.
Do not forget power /electricity sources, get extensions or power cords and be certain to confirm with the site manager about power supply and outlets. Power is needed for the sound systems, lightnings(if used), Dj console, microphones and other electoncs.
6. Dance area :
In designing the wedding space, a space should be created out as the dance floor. This is one of the advantage of an outdoor venue over an indoor space, there will be enough space for the dancing arena, enough to accommodate the couple and the guests without the fear of crowding.
7. Sitting arrangements /:
Tables , chairs should be setup a day before according to the seating plan, either in a cinema mode, or a cluster of ten or straight lines. The seating plan chosen will be as determined by the wedding coordinator/ event planner as he or she deems appropriate, taking into consideration the wishes of the hosts.
8. Personal touch :
A personal touch is all that is needed to make the wedding unique, this can range from customized outfits, what the guest will be wearing, sentimental party favors/ souvenirs,
9. Create memories :
Now that you will be achieving your dream of having a garden wedding, it is also equally important to create lasting memories. Asides hiring professional photographers, cinematographers to capture the special moments, you can also ask few selected friends/ guests to take and publish live videos, snap chats from your weeding and post with preselected hashtags. This will also create a personalized experience and allow those who wish to be at your wedding or weren’t invited to stay in touch and feel connected. More importantly, there are god memories you can look back on in future years with smiles, laughter and joy.
10. Achieve guest satisfaction:
The wedding is just more than event, it is an experience. Make your guest comfortable and let them enjoy every moment. Provide restrooms/ mobile toilets , keep them entertained (games, fun), keep in mind children might also be present, they need to be engaged too.
Check out lovely garden pictures used as wedding venues below:
Top Ideal Garden venues in Ibadan
1. Botanical gardens – University of Ibadan
2. Agodi parks and gardens – Agodi
3. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture , IITA, -Moniya
4. NPG gardens- Alao Akala way, Akobo
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I am sure by now you are already looking forward to your special day already. And cant wait to have a specially planned garden styled wedding. Yes, and I cant wait to share it with you.
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