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The ‘Hidden Costs’ Behind Your Outdoor Wedding

Whether you realize it yet or not, your outdoor wedding has a whole host of different costs which an indoor wedding doesn’t. Obviously organizing a wedding is all about preparation to ensure you can get everything you want at good prices.

Unfortunately for many, these hidden costs associated with outdoor weddings tend to creep up on couples and consequently end up giving their bank accounts a nasty sting late on in the day. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, here are the most common hidden costs lingering in the shadows of an outdoor wedding.

Power

Probably the most important of the hidden costs, power is needed for things as important as catering or the DJ’s equipment right down to the pretty little fairy lights you’ve considered to lace running around the walls of the marquee.

Hidden Cost

It’s less the problem that people entirely forget it exists, and more that they are ill prepared. Having a “I’ll just get a few extension cables running from the nearby house” attitude is very likely to bring your whole big day to its knees, so planning some proper power solutions is your best bet.

Solution

Thankfully there are lots of companies which specialise in powering sizeable outdoor events, companies like Event Electrix. These guys do anything from a lawn party right up to music festivals so will have no trouble getting your outdoor wedding looking bright and beautiful all day and all night.

Waste

No matter whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding, there is always going to be plenty of waste following an enjoyable and indulgent evening for all.

Hidden Cost

Obviously for an indoor event, the venue’s staff can deal with it, however in the case of an outdoor event, its quite easy to assume grabbing a £1 roll of black bin liners will do the trick come the special day. In fact, there is so much more waste than you can imagine, food, drink and confetti are just the tip of the iceberg.

Solution

Depending on your budget, you have a fairly comfortable budget, it might be worth employing a couple of people to keep on top of the rubbish, or even come and clean up the following day. If your budget is slightly slimmer, why not just hire some large bins from places like Biffa, then get some friends and family to help you clear up the mess the morning after.

Elbow Grease

Similarly, to the issue with waste, something which only exists with outdoor events is the extra labour needed to prepare everything.

Hidden Cost

With indoor venues, obviously the staff will always be on hand to help you shift anything such as tables, music equipment and so on. The obvious problem with an outdoor event is that everything that will exist at the wedding must be at some point constructed. From toilets to the marquee, from the stage to the alter, there is so much to consider.

Solution

Companies which supply things like marquees can sometimes have hidden costs for the erection of their marquees so is is something to consider when booking. When it comes to staging, do your homework and find the cheapest option, it might work out better to employ a local scaffolding company to pop up a makeshift stage rather than hire one specifically.

If you are particularly strapped for cash, see what help you can get from friends in the lifting and carrying of everything from A to B.

Heat

The obvious reason to plan an outdoor wedding is to enjoy the beautiful summer weather on your special day.

Hidden Cost

The clear problem with summer of course is that it gets cold once the sun goes down. There isn’t much way of improving the conditions of a chilly marquee other than investing in some outdoor heating equipment.

Solution

Clearly buying a couple of cheap plug in heaters from your local DIY outlet just isn’t going to do, however luckily there are plenty of outdoor heating specialists around to take this worry off your hands. Companies like Event Heat have a range of different heating solutions for all kinds of outdoor events, and most appropriately for this situation, have some eye catching deals too.

With all these hidden costs now accounted for, hopefully you’ll be able to budget your wedding down to the very last place mat or piece of confetti so that you can concentrate more on enjoying the best day of your life.