A Must Have Tips To Plan The Perfect Outdoor Wedding
If you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding, congratulations! Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful. However, they aren’t as easy as they may look. Outdoor weddings come with additional caveats and pitfalls, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to shine on your wedding day.
Make Your Guests Comfortable
Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don’t leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look into renting large electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the sun’s rays. If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert will do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand or rent portable heaters.
Have a Backup Plan
What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. In a pinch, the tables can be scooted to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms. A heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes. Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so it won’t flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.table heaters.
A gust of wind can turn your pretty A-line wedding dress into a memorable wardrobe malfunction or cause your veil to ruin that picture-perfect moment. Assess your venue’s location and time of year when making your attire choices. If your oceanfront wedding stays blustery, think about forgoing the chapel-length veil in favor of a stunning headpiece. The same goes for other elements of your style. Springtime wedding in a rainy climate? Remember that those gorgeous stiletto heels will sink into the damp soil, hindering your walk down the aisle.
An essential for an outdoor wedding is serving plenty of water at drinking stations. Set up a few refreshment tables and make sure these are easily accessible (not directly next to the bar) so guests have a few places they can go to stay hydrated. In addition to water, ice-cold beverages like lemonade or iced tea are perfect summer drinks. If you want to add a twist of fun, serve plenty of chilled beer or frozen, festive margaritas.