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Roving Wedding Ideas: Making Love go the Distance

Updated on January 8, 2015
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Introducing the Roving Wedding

Traditional weddings often have two locations, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. But what if you just can't settle on a single location or dual location? Are you and your intended avid travelers, hiking enthusiasts, cyclists, or just super active people? Then perhaps the best way to celebrate your union is through a wedding that moves around, visiting different locations that mean something to you. I have come across a variety of roving reception ideas which I will outline in this hub. However I think that for those with true travel bugs or constantly active lifestyles even the ceremony might be conducted with parts in more than one place, or while riding on some form of transport. So let the wedding journey begin!

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In this hub:

  1. Rowboat or kayak creek wedding
  2. Roving picnic cycling wedding
  3. Wedding on a steam train
  4. Mountain top hike wedding
  5. Onboard sailing ship wedding

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Rowboat or kayak creek wedding

How nice is a trip down a river or forest creek in a rowboat with a picnic lunch? Nice enough for a wedding I say! Here are some ideas for how this could be done.

When

You might think it would be awful if it was cold, and probably you don't want to get snowed or poured on, but the light showers of Spring and Autumn need not pose a reason to cancel the date if you set up your boats or kayaks and your picnic spots prepared with umbrellas and shelter, and perhaps a spot for a bonfire to warm yourselves by. If you don't want weather problems, Spring in Australia, because Summer has dangers such as bushfires, extreme heat and snakes. Elsewhere in the world, perhaps your ideal time is Summer. Set off late morning to avoid travelling at mid-day when the sun is most likely to burn people. Aim to be at your first picnic spot (probably your ceremony location, but perhaps you want to sit in your boats for the ceremony, or slowly drift downstream) by lunchtime, and enjoy a picnic.

Food

Remember you probably have to pack your food and it may need to last without refrigeration, so arm yourselves with eskys in each boat, ice, cooler packs, etc, and don't try to bring icecream. If you or your helpers are up for a difficult task, you could pack each guest a little lunch pack of their own with sandwiches and snacks. Otherwise, make lots of sandwiches and carry lots of less spoil-able fruit, water and of course your choice of other beverages. If it's winter, storing the food is less of a problem and you might want to pack a thermos of hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Make sure your cake has its own cool, secure box to be carried in so it doesn't end up melted and mashed by the time you reach your cake-eating location.

Stopping locations

Observe a map closely and ensure you have a number of good places to stop where you can set up shelter, unpack food and drink, top up water, have access to toilets and a dry/shaded place to sit down. You might want one or more to have a bonfire space, a method of tying up the row boats/kayaks so they can be left in the water, an access road behind for bringing in elderly, very young or disabled guests who cannot travel in the boats, and an open space, hall, lawn or barn in which to dance or play picnic games.

Thematic touches for your ceremony, decoration, cake, etc

One of the great things about a roving wedding is you don't have to worry too much about decorating a specific place, and the natural surroundings create beauty in themselves. However, it's always nice to have a few small touches that fit your theme.

A ring bearer in your ceremony could carry a small carved boat containing the rings or a folded paper boat of the kind you might have floated down a river as a child. Add a poem or reading to your ceremony about journeys or the course of the river of life. Use picnic baskets as decoration displays with whole fruit guests are allowed to take inside, rugs or umbrellas, photos of the couple, maps or wildflowers. Give your cake a travel or picnic theme, keeping it simple remembering you have to transport it. You can also choose a guestbook relevant to your theme, for example ask guests to sign an oar or miniature carved boat, which you can then hang in your home.

Favour ideas

Give your guests something they will really use on the journey: A packed snack box, a picnic rug, an umbrella, a blanket with your date and initials stitched on, a mug for their hot chocolate, or something edible. Remember they have to carry it all the way back home, so don't make it something fragile or purely ornamental.

Dressing for the occasion

Wedding clothes are very special and very personal of course, but there are some things to consider when choosing outfits for this kind of day. You probably don't want to go for a full length dress, or one with lots of lace or floating sections at the bottom which could catch on things, as this could make getting in and out of your boat, dancing outdoors and staying in your dress all day while moving around quite difficult. For dresses, tea length or cocktail length probably works best. You need some shoes that won't constantly fall off in the boat or while walking or dancing, and probably a shawl or bolero to keep warm or keep the sun off. You might consider a special sun hat or parasol, or umbrella and gloves if the weather is the reverse. The same considerations go for bridesmaids. Also consider that if you are all carrying bouquets, you may need a jar of water to sit them in when riding in your boat. Trousers need to be practical too, not a silk that will mark as soon as you sit on a forest log or get a bit damp climbing in and out of the canoe. Carry a coat or wear a light shirt. If you have decoration in your button hole, keep it light and simple. Perhaps pick something from the forest just before the ceremony rather than trying to keep it neat all day.

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Roving Picnic Cycling Wedding

Do you enjoy a bike ride in the countryside, with a picnic or a stop off at a winery or cafe? Why not base your wedding on the same idea? You and your guests will have an active day in the sunshine, rather than a sedentary one eating indoors. This is a great theme for an active couple who will feel strange having a day without doing some physical activity and getting outdoors.

When

Spring is likely to be the best weather for such an excursion in many places. You might like to choose your time of year for when certain wineries, cafes or special locations along the way are open, or when the orchards you will pass will contain fruit. A morning start may be wise, to avoid finishing your ride too late in the evening or being out on the road at the hottest times of day.

Food

Food is completely up to you in this scenario, as you have the means to stop at places where any kind of food you want could be cooked. Alternatively, you could carry a picnic and simply stop and eat sandwiches and cheese in a local field, or eat mostly fruit picked by you and your guests from an orchard you stop at. My suggestion is to make one of your stops wine and cheese, another an orchard, where you can picnic at your leisure with fruit and packed scones etc, and a final one at a bakery, where guests can collect something to take home if still hungry. Remember to carry plenty of drinks, especially water.

Stopping locations

Your ceremony location is again entirely in your hands and could consist of any of the places you choose to pass on your ride, or the place where guests meet before the journey begins. Some that may make sense are: simply a field or orchard along the way, where you have set up a simple meeting place with some flags or an arch or a circle of picnic rugs or hay bales; a street wedding in a location central to a country town you are passing through such as a central park; a garden belonging to someone you know; a small local church or location significant to you for any reason. After you have made your ceremony stop, it is up to you to pick out places to visit on the rest of the journey and decide where you should bid your guests farewell. Some ideas include wineries or cheese-wrights, orchards or farms, markets, bakeries, golf courses or other sporting fields to play at, local pubs (make sure they are expecting you), or houses of relatives who are not able to come on the bike ride. Make sure most of your stops have bathrooms and some kind of refreshments, a place to sit down and some good photo spots.

Thematic touches for your ceremony, decoration, cake, etc

Many easy options are available for making your cake cycling-themed. Cake toppers in the form of bikes, cakes with icing like a map, and creative cake stands using wheels are just a few suggestions. Old wheels make great decorations that are easily added to any or all of your locations, and can be used to display photos or hang other decorative items or favours that you want your guests to find. Likewise old bikes, especially ones with baskets on the front that may be filled with flowers, can be propped up against stopping locations to attract guests' attention. Including a bike themed object as a ring bearer's cushion in this case may be a little difficult but you can certainly use an outdoors theme, having the rings held in a sunflower or carried in a basket of berries or other fruit. Your guest book could be bike-themed such as the fingerprint guestbook shown on the right, or perhaps your guests could even sign your bikes. Map paper can be used as backing on any pin-up areas or as bunting flags, and of course a 'journey' theme can be included in your ceremony.

Favour Ideas

What should you give to your guests to acknowledge their sharing this day? One option is of course to give whatever you choose but present it inside a map-paper card or box. Plantable seeded map-paper can be obtained from Etsy so guests could be given a durable item which will grow into something in their garden. You could give guests a fruit-picking basket and have permission for them to take home some fruit they pick from an orchard or berry farm you stop at. You could bake your guests bike cookies, or ask a helpful friend or family member to bake them on your behalf. A picnic rug is also still a great option as guests can use this during the trip.

Dressing for the Occasion

The main consideration is that you will need to be able to ride a bike, and you won't want to get either frozen or sunburnt. Keep dresses short and have the option of shawls or stockings. Use baskets on the front of your bikes for bouquets rather than trying to carry them. Keep trousers durable and flexible to allow for pedaling, and shirts and jackets of the kind that are possible to take sections off to stay cool while still looking smart.

Guest activities

If the ride in itself does not create enough entertainment for your guests, set them a treasure hunt task to do along the way. Have someone hide things at the stopping locations - these can be simple such as photos from the couple's timeline, with clues for how to find the next one attached. You might like to attach sweets or something small to these that younger guests will enjoy.

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Wedding on a Steam Train

If you are less of a cycling and walking and rowing person but still have a strong love of travel and day trips that you share with your partner, why not use an interesting form of transport such as a steam train to take you on a wonderful tour while you get married so that you can visit a series of favourite locations while enjoying the comfort of a special wedding carriage?

When

This is the great part; it doesn't matter! Just like planning an indoor wedding, only with much more variation! If you want to get married in Winter, just choose your stopping locations to be places with lovely indoor spaces and log fires, mulled wine and dancing. If you want to get married in Spring or Summer, you can have more outdoor stops such as botanical gardens, farmland or orchards, ruins or creeks.

Food

Of course it may be possible to choose any food you like, and since you are travelling a train line you could always choose to stop at some locations where you obtain food. However, Devonshire Tea on the train sounds like the best plan to me! Get your helpers preparing a bunch of scones, sandwiches, jam and cream, punch, tea, coffee, and chilled water with things people can add such as lemon, mint, etc. Bake some sweet treats, and offer breads and cheeses and finger food, and recruit a few people to take in turns bringing the different options around the train on trolleys, so you and your guests can enjoy a tea party while watching the scenery fly by!

Stopping locations

Choose some locations that are places for exploring, such as open countryside, forest, creekbed, farmland, museum or gallery of some kind. Visit these on a special trip in advance with some of those in your bridal party and think about photo opportunities, whether your guests will fit and be comfortable, etc. Then choose some stops specifically as rest stops, places where guests will be able to stretch their legs, get some fresh air, visit a bathroom and prepare themselves for the next leg of the journey. You may want your ceremony to occur at one of your stops, or you may want to hold it on board the train.

Thematic touches for your ceremony, decoration, cake, etc

Train cakes are completely achievable! See some examples on the right. You can also decorate with old suitcases strung with bunting, maps or map bunting, and vintage flower displays or other vintage items that fit the era of the train. Get some simple fabric in your wedding colours and hang around the windows of the train, and perhaps put some flowers in each booth seat.

Favour Ideas

Guests could receive a plantable seeded paper map of the journey, which they can use on the day and then plant to grow flowers at home to remember the occasion. Alternatively you could give your guests something sweet packaged neatly in a map-paper box or you could bake train cookies.

Dressing for the Occasion

Again, being on the sheltered train gives you a great deal of choice! You should be able to get away with almost any type of wedding outfit here. You might like to think about dressing for the era of the train, and let your guests know they are attending a high tea.

Guest activities

Guests can play a kind of train bingo if you supply them with a list of things to spot out of the windows or at the stopping locations and take pictures of. You could also supply some lawn games if you stop at a park or farm, and you may like to stop somewhere they can taste wines, cheeses, jams or other interesting delicacies.

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Mountain-top Hiking Wedding

For the truly active who love the wild and rustic, music and yoga, and the wind in your hair. Go on an energising hike with your guests reaching a hill or mountaintop, and hold your ceremony there with the wind, nature and birdsong surrounding you.

When

My vote is for a slightly cooler and winder time of year when you can really appreciate the elements, since that's what going to a mountaintop is all about after all. I recommend a very early start too, to make the yoga feel right and the mountain-climbing experience not too hot. Any guests who cannot climb the mountain can always set off a little later in a vehicle and meet you at the top.

Food

A healthy and fresh picnic selection with a few hot beverages in case of cold; lots of whole fruit, raw veggie platters, bring a juicer and make fresh juices from the fruit and veg, but have a thermos or two on hand filled with hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate, or choose a spot where fires are allowed and bring along a billy to boil your own tea and cook some damper in the fire.

Stopping locations

Pick out a few good spots for resting, sheltered from the wind with refreshments and toilet stops. Plan some light snacks and plenty of water and/or hot tea at these stops, But make your main stop at the top of the hill or mountain where your ceremony will take place, and the bulk of your food will be eaten and activities with guests engaged in. Make sure this final spot has room for everyone to sit on the ground and spread picnic rugs, a safe place for a fire, and the possibility of erecting a shelter if needed.

Thematic touches for your ceremony, decoration, cake, etc

Make your ceremony location wild and construct a place to stand from natural items, such as fallen wood, stones, feathers, and flowers. Don't worry too much about decoration; the landscape will do most of the work in creating beauty. You might like to choose some theme colours and send along ribbons, strips of cloth or cloth bunting in those colours ahead of you. Someone could mark out the route with hanging ribbons, bits of bunting or painted stones, and create a circle or arch decorated with these things at the top where you will stand for your ceremony. A fire circle marked out with painted rocks and pre-stacked with wood to light could offer an addition to your ceremony in which each guest could pass on a torch to light an area of the fire or add a piece of wood to the stack to represent their well wishes to the couple. Alternatively each guest could add a painted stone or item which they have collected on the walk to a sculpture-like mound to be photographed and left behind like a monument. Include in your ceremony a moment of meditation on the landscape around, and consciousness of connection to nature. You could maintain your health theme in your cake, either entirely replacing it with a fruit tower or creating something special with natural ingredients. decorate it with edible flowers and herbs.

Favour Ideas

If you are using painted stones or other special markers to lead the way to the ceremony you may like to simple encourage guests to take one away; or if a special stack or arrangement has been created at the location guests could each take one from this symbolic spot. Succulent and cacti plants or hardy native seedlings are also great thematic gifts for those who attend. Rugs or picnic blankets, camp mugs or other campfire utensils also fit well and will be appreciated by your guests.

Dressing for the Occasion

Simple is the most beautiful when it comes to a wedding in such an open and naturally beautiful landscape. Choose something with small, beautiful delicate touches that is otherwise as simple as possible, and comfortable enough to engage in walking, yoga, and dancing. Keep bouquets and items in buttonholes simple and easy to carry and wear. Choose shoes that can be easily removed for the ceremony, allowing maximum connection with the location, nature and history. Keep jewelry minimal and meaningful, and hair decoration natural, made from flowers or natural items.

Guest activities

Carrying portable musical instruments on the walk, if possible, is something to be encouraged, so that you may have music all the way, and be silent especially during meditative moments at the top. Guests may treasure-hunt for natural items or items placed in advance that have been painted or decorated, to collect and bring to the ceremony location for use in the ceremony or adding their own decorative elements. Children may be involved in painting stones or sticks before the day, to lay along the route or create the fire circle or arch. Provide an old-fashioned photobooth in the form of a Polaroid camera so that guests can photograph themselves in front of meaningful backdrops and sign the photo for you to keep or for them to keep as a memento. You could also bring or mix some simple paints (or use ocre or other natural colours on site) and encourage guests to paint stones on location to add to a collective artwork. Those who are willing could be engaged in yoga or relaxation, or dancing and singing around a fire. As a guest book, have guests write on pebbles or stones and put them into a jar, or sign a log or natural wood bench or similar which can be used in some part of a household structure at home, or write on strips of fabric to hang on surrounding trees with wishes for the couple, or do all three. Get guests blending their own juice to drink and resting on picnic blankets until it is time to make the return trip. As people may be very tired by then, it may be worth organising a bus or similar to come and collect those who do not want to walk back down.

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On-Board Sailing Ship Wedding

Another for those who would rather travel by a means other than your own steam, a wedding on board a sailing ship allows you to hold your ceremony at whichever dock inspires you or even out at sea. Best used for smaller weddings in which the whole party fits well on the boat, this concept allows you to enjoy natural and beautiful surroundings, fresh sea breezes and easy decoration.

When

Preferably Spring or Summer; horribly high seas rocking the boat would not be ideal! Perhaps best over lunchtime, coming back to dock where you started before dusk.

Food

Seafood fits the theme but it doesn't need to be fancy! Why not fish and chips, with a selection of salads and dips for the vegetarian or health-oriented? One or two plates of oysters or mussels would give the impression of a very special lunch but need not be anywhere near the expense of each individual eating a meal of them. A little punch and some bubbly and you're done.

Stopping locations

Where would you like the boat to dock; secluded beaches, islands, suburbs, or not at all? Think about how busy and how man-made you would like the surroundings to be, and if you have no desire to get off the boat, but want to stay out at sea for the whole thing, ensure the boat has adequate facilities for a group your size to stay on board for several hours, and that your guests know what to expect and aren't thinking of leaving early.

Thematic touches for your ceremony, decoration, cake, etc

Ocean themes abound in pretty much everything you could think of, so you won't have trouble finding anchor confetti, seashell cake designs, shell candles, or nautical-themed decorations. Boats can be decorated easily with ribbons strung along the sides, a photo timeline, and simple hanging fabric in your colours. You might like to set up a 'treasure chest' style display for cards. In your ceremony, tie a real knot sailor style, or fold your vows into paper boats to sail away. You could even approach the boat once it is out at sea in a rowboat together, in your own unique manner of 'walking down the isle'.

Favour Ideas

Give your guests something they will use. Many may have come in inappropriate shoes for a day at sea so pairs of thongs for more comfortable feet may be a good option! Likewise sun hats or parasols or shawls may be helpful. Etsy has a lot to offer in plantable paper in the forms of fish, anchors, turtles, and many other sea-themed items. Alternatively, set candles in seashells and give these to your guests to light and hold during the ceremony.

Dressing for the Occasion

Make sure you are ready to be out in the sun with hats or parasols, summery outfits and comfortable shoes. If you have flowers, make sure they are a variety that will survive the sunshine and wind, or you could opt to hold a jar or basket of seashells or coloured pebbles instead.

Guest Activities

As a guestbook, ask your guests to sign shells or stones for a display jar, or write on an oar or a sail that you could hang in your home. Guests could write well wishes on paper and fold paper boats if given a few simple origami instructions. These could then be set sailing off into the ocean to send the wishes on their way. You might teach your guests to sing a sea-shanty, or organise for them to have sailing lessons. Tying sailors knots to create a net could symbolise coming together or a physical 'tying the knot' to represent union. Learn a simple dance that can be done on board without everyone falling over! Play a drinking game or a team building game with your newly joined family to bring all your guests together.

At a Glance

Theme
Time
Food
Favours
Stops
Guest activities
Creek rowboat or kayak
Late morning - early afternoon, Spring
Portable picnic sandwiches, whole fruit
Picnic rugs, blankets, umbrellas, food packs, or sweets
Secluded forest areas with access road, toilets, space to dance and have bonfire
dancing, rowing, eating, oar guest book, scavenger hunt
Cycling picnic
Late morning - early afternoon
Fruit, bakery food, cheese and wine tasting, picked for orchard, packed sandwiches
Plantable map, jam, fruit-picking basket or bike cookies
orchards, wineries, bakeries, fields
cycling, treasure-hunt, fingerprint guest book, photoshoots, fruit picking and wine tasting
Steam train
Early morning - mid afternoon
Devonshire tea, local produce at stops
Plantable map, train cookies, sweet treats in map-box
Country fields, local attractions, wineries or cheesewrights
Train window bingo, lawn games at field stops
Mountaintop hike
Early morning - late afternoon
Healthy veggie platters, whole fruit, dips, spicy beans, hot tea, hot chocolate and coffee, damper on fire
Signed collected item such as marker stones, succulent plant or other plant cutting
Rest points in shade along way for snacks and drinks
Hiking, yoga, dancing, fire lighting, writing wishes, building decorations, polariod photo booth
Sailing ship
Late morning - dusk
Fish and chips, small amount of oysters or mussels, punch, wine, salads
Seed paper themed item e.g. anchor, shell candle, thongs, beach towels or sunhats
Secluded beaches or busy docks depending on preference, or floating in the ocean
Writing wish boats to cast out to sea, learning to sail, singing sea shanties, playing team building games, tying knots

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