It might surprise you to learn that the average wedding in the UK now costs £30k+. Less of a surprise, therefore, that brides and grooms are increasingly looking for more unusual ways to tie the knot that doesn’t cost the earth, and which means that they don’t start their married lives with a huge debt.
Of course, COVID-19 has meant that weddings of all different types and sizes have been extremely difficult over the past 18 months. However, as lockdown restrictions ease, outdoor weddings are sure to return to previous levels – if not in more numbers – hopefully helping the summer wedding sector to bounce back.
Of course, it’s not just the financial saving that having your wedding outdoors makes attractive. Outdoor weddings tend to be more informal, relaxed occasions, full of personality and little touches to make the wedding hugely memorable. Usually, they are a far cry from the more formal wedding table and chair hire for the wedding breakfast and all the other formalities and traditions that are associated with this quintessentially English wedding.
In this article, we’re taking a look at the best 6 options for outdoor wedding furniture hire, so hopefully you’ll find this table and chair hire short guide to be useful when planning your outdoor wedding.
Marquee or gazebo
It goes without saying that whilst in your head you are no doubt picturing getting married in glorious sunshine, you really can’t count on the weather, especially in the UK. Even in the height of summer, ‘Murphy’s Law’ says that when you don’t want it to rain, it will. However, as long as you have a plan B, then you’ll be fine. Weather forecasting is very accurate these days, and so have some contingency plans in place for if the worst happens!
Whilst traditional weddings indoors will normally call for Chiavari chair hire, the chances are that these may well not be suitable for your outdoor wedding. You need to be mindful of the surface on which you are placing your chairs for the wedding ceremony itself as if it’s grass, for instance, how hard is it, and will the feet of the chairs sink into it? Foldable chairs are a great solution for outdoor weddings and events. They can quickly be positioned and then removed due to the fact that they are lightweight and, as their name would suggest, they fold up!
Benches & tables
The chances are that your outdoor wedding will involve some form of catering, but it’s likely not to be a formal 3-course sit-down dinner. More so, it could be a hog-roast, canapé, buffet, hot food vans or other creative catering. Who is to say that wedding catering can’t be fun! Likewise, outdoor wedding furniture such as rustic benches and table sets are ideal. These provide your guests with somewhere to sit in an informal setting whilst enjoying their food and drink.
Often overlooked, poseur tables are elbow-height tables which are typically used indoors for bar events, though for outdoor weddings you can find outdoor poseur tables and cocktail tables which are great for positioning around the evening party space, so that guests can rest their drinks on there whilst they go for a dance!
Outdoor rattan sets
Wedding furniture such as outdoor rattan sets are always a great option as these provide some welcome lounge-style, comfortable seating for your guests, at an affordable price. You’ll find lots of modular rattan sets on event hire websites across the UK and these usually come complete with cushions, so it’s the full package. Outdoor rattan really does look the part and is a great way to accessorize your outdoor wedding event space.
And finally, whilst not typically ‘furniture’ as you know it, patio heaters provide some welcome warmth as the sun goes down, and the party goes into the night. Outdoor patio heaters run off gas and will typically run for 4-6 hours on a full cylinder of propane gas, so long enough to do the job you need. Let’s face it, no one likes to be cold at an event and so by positioning patio heaters around your outdoor wedding venue, you’re hitting the mark when it comes to the comfort of your guests, which will no doubt be appreciated by everyone.
So, that’s our top 6 items of outdoor wedding furniture hire. Of course, you might have your own thoughts on this as you plan what you need for your outdoor wedding. Whether you decide to go for a traditional English wedding indoors or a more informal outdoor wedding, a simple Google search for ‘table and chair hire near you’ or ‘outdoor furniture hire’ will definitely point you in the right direction.
All that’s left to say is ‘congratulations’ and good luck!