“Make Me Wanna Shout!*”
Lots of weddings take place outdoors. If you are designing an outdoor wedding landscape site, think about providing a space which can suit different personalities. Outdoor wedding and event spaces are great opportunities to allow your landscape design imagination to soar. These are fantasy outdoor spaces. Have fun designing them! Outdoor events provide room to add large, temporary props which can be secured by simply putting stakes in the ground. An outdoor wedding requires good planning and many safety net, in case the weather gets bad.
Outdoor wedding landscapes should consider the comfort and safety of the guests. Provide a solid parking area for your outdoor wedding venue. Be sure to provide wheelchair accessible seating and circulation. Provide a place for refuge from inclement weather or brutal heat. A pavilion is a nice addition and can be decorated and themed to compliment the other floral designs. Provide plenty of seating and tables. Do all you can to make the guests happy they came and reluctant to leave.
Permanent outdoor wedding spaces are like large ballrooms or auditoriums, bounded by unconventional walls. Use large evergreen vegetation for enclosure and as a backdrop for temporary decorations. Build an implied skeletal structure with arbors and columns. Outdoor rooms can be built and broken down easily by creating PVC sleeves along aisles for vertical elements like arbors and shepherd hook posts. Being able to remove and replace the vertical structures allows crews to mow and maintain the site. Removable columns and posts provide a way for expensive structures to be stored safely and brought out for each ceremony. Interchangeable options for the style of arbors, posts, and columns give every wedding floral decorator the opportunity to create their own custom decorating style within the ballroom zone.
Think of creative ways you can build a fantasy landscape venue which is portable and can be custom decorated in a thousand different ways. You provide the backdrop and the stage. Decorators add the frills. Use neutral greens for any painted items, and provide receptacles for lighting, electronic equipment, and music. Computer connections would be helpful, too. Provide places to attach decoration easily. Provide an out-of-the-way area with running water for cleanup. A bride and groom both need an area to prepare, so provide private dressing areas for them in your design.
Even though the venue must take a back seat to the decoration, it needs to have special style and beauty that evokes once-in-a-lifetime excitement. “Get the party started**,” and let the fantasy creation begin!
*The Isley Bros