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Making the Most of the Outdoors for your Wedding

British Summertime is well and truly on its way, and along with these warmer months comes those typical British traditions: barbecues at the first sign of anything over 10 degrees, finding the closest beer garden and claiming it as your home for the day, and exposing yourself to every second of sunshine possible.

Of course for us working in the wedding industry, Summer is peak wedding season, and there are many reasons why people opt for their wedding at this time of year; not only the gorgeous weather, but having the opportunity to be outside and make the most of your surroundings.

If you’d like to make the most of the outdoors for your own Summer wedding, here are some of our favourite ways you can:

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Photographs in the grounds

We’re extremely proud that all of our wedding venues – Calke Abbey, Clumber Park and The Kedleston Country House – have beautiful grounds that make for some truly stunning photos. At Calke Abbey, we have our Orangery and walled gardens that are in full bloom at this time of year. Clumber Park’s glasshouse is always a botanical dream. And of course the Kedleston Country House is surrounded by incredible Derbyshire scenery and also offers the opportunity for photographs at neighbouring Kedleston Hall. You’re definitely in good company when it comes to nature and landscape.

After your ceremony, when you’re having your photographs taken by your photographer, it’s likely the first bit of ‘alone time’ you get after your nuptials, so being out in beautiful surroundings in glorious weather? It couldn’t get better!

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Serve food and drinks outside

If the weather is on your side at Clumber Park, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and canapes in the stunning rose gardens; likewise at Calke Abbey, the courtyard just outside the Riding School is the perfect place for guests to sit out in the sunshine and enjoy a drink or two.

If you’re getting married at The Kedleston Country House, why not ask for your evening food to be served outside? Whether you’ve hired in a street food van or you’d like our chefs to serve your buffet outdoor under cover – try something like this gazebo pop up from Garden Camping – it gets the guests outside enjoying the sunshine, but doesn’t take them too far away from the venue you want to enjoy.

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Garden games

We all love garden games in summer – and having garden games on your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to get truly inventive. Fancy a friendly game of rounders? Zorb balls? Or even a tug of war between the two joining families?! The world is your oyster, and your guests will certainly thank you for the fun activities too!

Garden games work perfectly if you have an early ceremony and there are lots of daylight hours for you and your guests to enjoy. There are lots of companies that hire out props, or you could even get creative and make your own games. Have a chat to your wedding coordinator if you’re looking for more advice – we are always happy to help!

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Disclosure: Some of the content in this blog post was sponsored by Garden & Camping, however all views and opinions belong to Honeysuckle & Castle. Honeysuckle & Castle do not collaborate with any brand or promote any product that they do not believe fits with their overall brand values.