A change in the law is taking place in England and Wales from July 1st 2021 that will make it legal to host weddings completely outdoors. Previously, the vows and other binding parts of the ceremony would have to be carried out within a permanent structure, but this marks the first time that everything can happen al fresco.
The government said it wants to see greater flexibility for couples, and this will certainly be ideal amid ongoing fears of restrictions due to coronavirus.
However, we think it will also be perfect for brides who don’t want a lot of pomp and ceremony and simply want that bohemian, ethereal feel for their wedding that only a field or garden can provide. Think back to the vibe that Carrie Symonds achieved with her wedding day look recently (floral headband, hippy-style dress, bare feet) and you should see what we mean.
Being out in the fresh air and closer to nature just seems to simplify the whole thing and make styling much more relaxed. Of course, the weather and seasons will influence outdoor wedding design quite a lot, but we’re imagining lots of warm summer evenings with endless sunshine; golden autumn mornings; and crisp winter days with backdrops of frosty leaves – perfect!
So, how would you style an outdoor wedding accessories-wise if you’re a bride? We feel as though bridal jewellery doesn’t need to be so formal in this type of setting, meaning you can get away with something more experimental and better suited to your personality.
Speaking of pearls, baroque styles are hard to beat for summer and these chic drop earrings are similar to a much-lauded Pandora style we’ve been seeing a lot of this season. For a little more of a statement, we also love these pearl earrings with an openwork flower.
The neckline is another focal point for wedding jewellery, so don’t be afraid to make a nod towards natural motifs like flowers as part of your outdoor do – this one with crystal flowers could be perfect for adding sparkle without stuffiness.
This change in the law could provide the impetus you need to take the plunge and get hitched – and as you can see, simplifying your jewellery to suit the setting should take one thing off your to-do list while also saving you money.