The Picnic Wedding - the ultimate Pop up

The best prediction for weddings this summer is for outdoor events that are as relaxed and laid back as you are. Elevate the humble picnic to a celebration of love, food and friendship and plan for an easy wedding (or reception, catch up, rehearsal dinner, bride tribe/bachie party) where the only rules are the ones you make. Possibly the ultimate DIY wedding, the picnic bursts with summer vibes and retro feels, and makes the most of the sunshine, the open spaces and the‘social distancing’ measures that have become part of life.

Choose an amazing location, set a theme and enjoy the planning as much as the day. A picnic can be held at any time of the day and creativity and a sense of adventure make all the difference. A spectacular garden, a stunning view, on the lawns of a grand estate, or surrounded by vineyards – from two to 150 people (and maybe more), a picnic wedding sets a tone that is love in a basket. From a simple and small affair to an indulgent all out feast, there are plenty of ways to set your space, and plenty of people to help you.

Photo: Marcel Van Der Horst

Decorations, festoon lights, garlands and bunting, table settings, blankets, cushions, back drops, floral arrangements, ice buckets, candles and ambient lighting. The boho theme works particularly well for picnic weddings and everything you need can be hired in (Tip: engage a wedding planner/prop hire specialist who can take care of all the details, including set up and pack down. Check out Wild Heart Events).

Pods are quickly becoming this summer’s must have for private and exclusive experiences no matter where you are. You can engage a team to cater everything or make it happen your own way.

Many couple are opting also for ‘drive up services’ – food trucks, mobile bars serving wine, craft beers and cocktails, icecream vans, vintage caravans and delivered High Tea experiences. You don’t need to stress about seating plans – guests can pick a blanket when they arrive and move freely. Mingling and lounging is as simple as lots of cushions, bean bags and funky lounges, blankets and a few low tables. Set up a special space as your bridal table/ picnic blanket and hold space for your adoring guests!

Picnic food is anything you want it to be – there truly are no rules – sexy sandwiches, individual grazing boxes, local cheese and wine with canapes, sweet, and savory nibbles or a gourmet BBQ – whatever says ‘I do’ to you is possible.

Yarra Valley Picnics creates unique, private picnics that are beautifully styled, comfortable and chic with decor and furnishings, food and wine and everything else taken care of. Choose your own romantic spot, or let them suggest a secret location. You can even picnic at home if you love your garden.

Meet The High Tea Mistress

The team at The High Tea Mistress love creating unique High Tea picnic experiences for special occasions such as weddings, bridal showers and birthday parties. With stunning picnic rugs, cushions and lounges, The High Tea Mistress can cater for up to 200 guests for their High Tea picnic experiences. To make your wedding picnic perfect, couples can create their own menu by choosing from the vast array of sweet and savoury menu selections available from The High Tea Mistress, or keep it simple by choosing from their curated picnic packages. The team at The High Tea Mistress can also assist with full on the day event management, styling, florals and drinks.

Want to make your wedding day even more unique? Organise to have your picnic after an early morning balloon ride or by candlelight in the evening. Find out more by visiting offpeakweddings.com.au/catering/ high-tea-mistress

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