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Outdoor Wedding 101

Posted At : September 16, 2008 1:02 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 39,099
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Are you looking for the ideal outdoor location for your wedding? Though many couples head to the beach, in Canada a great variety of other outdoor locations can be used for a wedding.

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Botanical Gardens

Almost every major city has a botanical garden. These gardens are the perfect setting for your wedding reception and ceremony. With the beautiful backdrop of fresh flowers and plants, botanical gardens make an exquisite choice for your wedding. Botanical gardens are terrific options for a mid-morning or early afternoon wedding. The botanical society or garden management will normally be able to arrange all your wedding details or supply you with a list of recommended vendors that they have worked with in the past.

Here you will find more information on some of Canada's top botanical gardens (this is only a short list to get you started; dozens additional locations exist, across Canada):

Wineries and Vineyards

Another terrific destination for an outdoor wedding is a vineyard. The beauty of the rolling hills of a vineyard makes for a wonderful wedding locale. When Christina Aguilera got married at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Northern California in 2005, many celebrities followed suit.

Vineyard wedding

Many major vineyards now offer wedding packages that include the venue rental as well as the minister, flowers, food and other details. If you are planning your wedding on a budget, look for a smaller vineyard, which will be just as beautiful without the expense. And you know if your wedding is at a vineyard, you will have terrific wine choices at your reception.

To find a vineyard near you, visit for a comprehensive list of wineries and vineyards throughout Canada.

Other Outdoor Locations

Many other outdoor spots are good choices for a wedding.

  • City Parks
  • Golf Courses
  • Museum Grounds
  • Patio Restaurants
  • Zoos and Animal Parks
  • Your Own Backyard

Wherever you plan your wedding, make it unique. Incorporate some of the latest trends and add some personal touches that exemplify your personality.

Outdoor Wedding Tips

  • Keep the food light for a daytime wedding. Sandwiches, fruit salad and light pasta are heavy enough for an afternoon meal. Offer fruity drinks, sweet tea and light alcoholic beverages.
  • Wear a more casual bridal gown. A ball gown is great for a church wedding but completely out of place for an outdoor ceremony. Choose a simple design in sheath silhouette. Consider wearing a tea-length dress rather than floor-length.
  • Don't wear stilettos! Your heels will sink into the ground and you might trip. Instead wear a chunky high heels, jeweled thong sandals or shiny ballet flats.
  • Have a backup location in mind. The weather can make a quick turn for the worse. Be prepared that you might have to move your wedding indoors. At the very least, have a large tented area available.

Story by Kori Ellis.

Story Tags: wedding venues Canada, outdoor wedding ideas, garden wedding ideas, wedding reception ideas

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