How to plan an outdoor wedding

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How to plan an outdoor wedding

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If you’ve been on Pinterest lately for some wedding inspo, you’ll see that one of biggest trends for weddings right now are beautiful floral arches. It’s a stunning and perfect backdrop for the I Do’s, which has caused an increase in outdoor weddings recently. We also have amazing weather and panoramic costal vistas for a very picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony. However, compared to an indoor wedding there’s a lot more organising to do when taking your wedding outside such as furniture and food preparation. Luckily we’ve thought of everything you need to consider to help you plan your dream outdoor wedding.

Wedding Location

You need to think about whether you’re going to have both the ceremony and reception outside or perhaps just the ceremony. If you’re thinking about the entire day there will be limited venues (especially in the major city areas) and so you might want to widen your search to surrounding areas, for example; the Hunter Valley, Barossa, Yarra Valley or better yet your own backyard.

If you’re looking at your local park for a ceremony, you’ll probably need a council permit and depending on the space they can be very limited in availability.

When you’re considering a location think about parking, accessibility for older/ handicapped guests and how suppliers would bump in and out everything you need.

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Budget

Unless you’re having your wedding at your place or a friends, an outdoor wedding can be costly as everything needs to be brought in for it. Chairs, tables, cutlery, decorations, flowers, toilets, lighting and kitchens to heat/ cool food will all need to be thought of. Not to mention the more remote you are, the higher the costs will be too.

If you have your heart set on it, look at putting a wedding budget together as soon as possible so there aren’t any surprises closer to the wedding day.

Get help
As much as we would like to set up our own perfect wedding day, it’s important to be realistic and also enjoy this special time. So if hiring an end-to-end planner is out of your budget consider an event planner to be your go-to on the day. They will ensure everything runs smoothly – after all it’s their job.

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Theme
The best thing with having your big day outside is that a water, vineyard or mountain view is a fantastic way to compliment your theme. For example, a beach wedding set on the sand or cliff, a rustic wedding on a farm, or a wine-lovers favourite – amongst the vineyards.

Matching your view and theme helps with other elements such as that flower arbour mentioned earlier. It also allows you to get your DIY on for all of the remaining decorations and stationary. Having a magical view can also save on costs too.


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Here are some of the elements to think about:
• Aisle: Will you scatter petals all over the ground, line the pathway with buckets of flowers/ candles or just the simplicity of the sand on the beach
• Signing table: Somewhere to sit and sign all the legal papers. Many couples opt to have a signing table and a couple of chairs.
• Chairs: Benches or individual folding chairs are the best options for an outdoor wedding as they can be easily moved and set up quickly.
• Flowers: If you’re having a garden wedding, it makes sense to go with flowers in season as they will be a natural backdrop. Alternatively another big trend at the moment is tropical plants and greenery, especially for a seaside wedding.

Post ceremony drinks
After being announced for the first time as husband and wife, everyone will wish you congratulations so having a bar set up for champagne and nibbles is a lovely informal way to get the party started.

You can hire companies specifically to set up a bar if you have everything else covered, or your event planners will be able to organise this for you.

Outdoor reception
We’ve all seen beautiful fairy light night sky reception images – they are amazing! But if you’re going to have the whole event outside, you’ll need to figure out if anything is supplied already such as access to power.

For your outdoor reception, you’ll need to make a big list of everything you need and make sure you get a few different quotes, so that you can compare and get the best deal for you.

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Extra special touches
The options are endless here and everyone is looking for that little something extra to make their big day the most memorable. From wedding favours and photo booths to confetti bars and lawn games, it can add up fast. So as the saying goes, less is more and perhaps just pick a few things and do them well.

Lawn games are an outdoor wedding favourite. You could choose giant chess, jenga or stick to the more traditional croquet and ring toss. It’s a great way to keep guests entertained while you’re off having photos taken.

The little things
Your nearest and dearest could possibly be outside for a lengthy amount of time. So depending on the time of year you might want to think about picking an are with some shade, having umbrellas, blankets and fans on standby. If it’s a really hot day, sunscreen and plenty of water are must-haves.

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Have a plan B
Weather is unpredictable and you might not know what the weather will be like till the week of your wedding, so having a plan b is critical. Just remember, rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring you luck and clouds make for better photos anyway.

Have fun
Seriously, who cares if there’s a little drizzle, you’re getting married to your best friend and are going to a party to end all parties. Don’t sweat the small things and it will all turn out perfectly.

Have you got any other wedding tips? Let us know in the comments below

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia "How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party"

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia Day party ideas or Australia Day food ideas, look no further. Here is your guide to throwing the ultimate Australia Day party. You’re welcome.

House Prep

The impeccable lawn
First things first… If you’re having the party at home, you must have a nice tidy lawn for all of your friends to admire. If mowing the backyard in 35 degree January heat is not your idea of fun, why not hire someone else to take care of it via Airtasker?

The flag
No Australia Day party is complete without an enormous patriotic, plastic Aussie flag (made in China, of course). Check out your local cheap shop for a bargain.

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The pool toys
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a pool or the beach on Australia Day, inflatable pool toys are a must! Just remember that at the beach the current can easily sweep you away, so don’t paddle too far out on your inflatable crocodile.

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The kangaroo
No pool for inflatable toys? Never fear, you can still have an awesome time with a giant kangaroo as your mascot for the day! Go for a green and gold specimen for extra Aussie brownie points.

The ‘look’ (decorate yourself)

Staples for Aussie Day attire are:
• Aussie flag face tattoos (or go the extra mile and paint your entire face).
• Thongs, a.k.a. pluggers (a double plugger style is best). Guests without appropriate footwear should be refused entry.
• A chesty Bonds singlet and stubbies combo with a wide brimmed hat will put you in the running for the best dressed award. Acceptable substitutes are bikinis, boardies, or anything that is official Wallabies merchandise.
• Green and gold zinc (slip, slop, slap!).

Australia Day fun and games

The Triple J Hottest 100
You are simply not Australian if you do not celebrate Australia Day by listening to the Triple J Hottest 100. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t listen to the radio all year; you just need to on this day. So make sure you register your party with Triple J online and have big speakers ready to pump tunes all day, or your friends may boycott your party.

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Backyard cricket

Backyard, beach or even balcony cricket (mind the windows)… who doesn’t play cricket on Australia Day? This game is all about the zinc.

Thong toss
Thong toss, a.k.a. plugger toss or thong throwing is a very important game that probably began way back in 1994 when Australia Day was first celebrated as a public holiday. The rules are simple; each player takes a thong off their foot and throws it as far as they can. The winner is the person who throws their thong the furthest.

Tip: Thong toss does need a reasonably large space; so if your backyard doesn’t cut it, take this one to the park.

Slip ‘n’ Slide
If you grew up in Australia, you know that the only way to fully appreciate slip ‘n’ slide is by way of the homemade version: a tarp, detergent, a hose and a run up!

Essential Australia Day food and drinks

No one ever remembered an Australia Day party that didn’t serve traditional Aussie fare and ice cold beers; so don’t get slack on the catering part.

For drinks, you can’t go wrong by supplying some of Australia’s finest cold ales in an esky full of ice, such as VB, XXXX or Toohey’s Extra Dry. Alternatively for some alcohol-free Aussie drinks opt for Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Passiona or Cottee’s Cordial.

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According to a very reliable poll on Facebook, Australia Day food should always involve:

Sausage rolls

Homemade is the best and it’s the easiest thing to make. All you need is puff pastry, sausage mince and melted butter.

Meat pies
This is a no brainer guys! Four’N Twenty is your standard frozen go-to but for a mass party siutation good old party pies are a winner.

Lamingtons
You can buy these off the shelf, but for those of you who’d like to show off your enviable cooking skills, try this recipe for in-bloody-credible Lamingtons with white chocolate cream (*drool*).

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Pavlova
This is one that I recommend you either get your mum involved in, or make yourself. Store bought pavs are okay, but really… they just don’t taste the same. Go on… give it a shot.

Snags on the barbie
If for no other reason than the fact that Australians are the only ones who seem to call them ‘snags’. Just add some tomato sauce and a slice of bread = heaven.

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Lamb of some description
No one really knows why, but check this epic video out and you’ll want to serve lamb anyway!


YouTube video: Australia Day Lamb 2016

If you need with the food prep or cleaning up there are plenty of Airtasker’s to help you this Australia Day

Okay, you are all set to host the most epic Australia Day party! If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, add it to the comments below. Happy Australia Day people!

Written by: Airtasker Rhiannon Wordsworth

New Year’s Eve Party Tips

Have you decided to host a party to bring in the New Year with some of your nearest and dearest? "New Year’s Eve Party Tips"

New Year’s Eve Party Tips

Have you decided to host a party to bring in the New Year with some of your nearest and dearest? It can be a bit of pressure to make sure you have everything from decorations to sparklers for the countdown. As the resident party planner at Airtasker I wanted to share a few tips to make it easier and make it a night to remember.

Food

Food and drinks are the most important thing to remember for any event and essential for a New Year’s Eve party when people tend not to leave till the early hours (or next day). If you carefully plan to bring out food at regular intervals people won’t go hungry or get tipsy too quickly.

You should have some simple snacks like cheese, crostini or oysters ready for people to munch on straight away to take away any hunger pangs.

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After an hour or two (post 9pm fireworks) serve up some more substantial canapés instead of a full meal. Ideally it should be pre-prepared so that you can mingle with guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Think sliders, taco stand or a pasta dish that only needs to be heated and put together last minute.

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Lastly post-midnight food… this is for the people who have had a little bit too much champagne or not leaving anytime soon. The best solution is sausage rolls, pizza or meat pies which can be thrown in the oven and served up with tomato sauce.

Drinks

New Year’s Eve is the time to get a little creative with a signature drink for the night and a champagne cocktail (which can also be a mocktail) is your best bet. Don’t forget to add a bit of dazzle with some cute cocktail decorations.

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It’s also acceptable for you to ask for BYO and Men will most likely drink beer so get plenty of ice and eskies.

Music

Put together a playlist that everybody will love and get their boogie on with. To involve your guests why not create a collaborative playlist on Spotify where everyone can put their favourite tunes.

Decorations

Don’t forget to deck out your pad whether you have a theme or just add some glitz and glamour. It doesn’t have to be expensive and party decorations can be as simple as balloons, streamers, party hats, glitter, candles and party lights.

Another brilliant idea is to collect some tiaras, funny glasses and party hats and make a dress-up bowl near the entrance so people can grab something to wear as they walk in.

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Final countdown

If you don’t have a vantage point, turn on a TV so you can see the fireworks. Also provide people with sparklers, party poppers and a glass of champagne.

Photos

Don’t forget to have someone taking photos of the night or people can take selfies with others and upload to Instagram using a unique hashtag so everyone can take a look the next day at all the funny images.

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Need some more help? Take a look at our Event Planning Checklist which will have you covered or parties large and small