(#1) Weather, Weather, Weather:
– Sun: Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset where your friends & family will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Those having a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the
ceremony so that the sun will be on friends & family’ backs rather than in their eyes.
– Wind: Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you’ll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can
plan a style that won’t leave you looking like Cousin It! Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling product. Again, tell your friends & family in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure
your tent will stand up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.
– Rain: 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. Heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving friends & family 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. Instead of a tent, purchasing a vinyl pavilion for your outdoor wedding will provide better protection. These also have a traditional flare which will go perfectly with a wedding.
(#2) Place, Parking, Practical: When you are choosing your site you need to consider some important things. Are you going to hold it in a family owned spot, public or privately owned spot? Check out the area available for parking. Look at the exact area you plan on having the ceremony. Check for wet ground. Look out for animals that may call this home and not be too happy having there space invaded. Look for uneven ground or holes in the ground. Assess exactly what problems could come up and how to fix them. It is important that the spot is practical just not beautiful.
(#3) Friends Family Comfort:
– Have your ushers give friends & family ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Order them from Custom Water and you could get your names and the date of your wedding put on the label, which would make it a nice memento for guests.
– Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that friends & family 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 suns rays.
– If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell friends & family 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. Weddings can be expensive. If you are shopping at Macy’s for lap blankets, you may want to look for a macy’s promo code which can save you some money which can be used elsewhere.
– Send weather information to out-of-town friends & family who may not be familiar with the climate.
– Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas and punches. Be sure to have plenty of ice and water around as well.
– For a fancy cocktail, why not serve a classic mint julep or a mojito? The mint will refresh and cool your friends & family.
– Keep the weather in mind when choosing the brides dress & bridesmaids dresses. Brides should choose a dress made of lighter-weight fabrics and consider not having a train, which will drag in the grass and dirt. An aisle runner will help this
problem. Brides and bridesmaids will want to stay away from shoes with spike heels, which will sink into the ground. Groomsmen should consider wearing vests with full backs so they can still look dressed up with their coats off.
(#4) Buzz, Buzz, Buzz: Be sure to put out citronella candles, tiki torches or a bug zapper so that your friends & family don’t have to spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air. Of course, wedding planners could also suggest that the couple contacts https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/pest-control/ for pest removal. This should allow guests to have a comfortable wedding without any pests.
(#5) Yummy, Yummy, Yummy: Does your caterer have experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they’re planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid things like mayonnaise salads or dishes which must
be served cold.
(#6) Permits, Rules, Regulations: Even if the wedding will be in your parents backyard you still need to do some research into laws. For backyard weddings you need to check into laws regarding noise, parking and general rules on the
gathering of crowds. You need to speak to the owner of the venue when using a place not owned by you or family. Check rules on smoking, drinking, noise, crowds and parking. You may need to secure permits for certain things. To avoid a
wedding day arrest check into everything before the big day comes.
(#7) Decorations, Sound, Nature – At an outdoor wedding, Mother Nature provides most of the decorations — trees, flowers, a view of a lake or a hilltop vista. But you may want to embellish a bit. Many couples opt for a beautiful wedding arch to provide a focal point for the ceremony. The arch can be left simple and unadorned, or can be swathed in flowers and ribbons to match those carried by the wedding party. An arch dripping with flowers also provides a wonderful backdrop for wedding photos. Coordinate the arch with raised planters sprouting matching flowers and you’ll add enchantment to an already magical setting. And if you have to move your ceremony indoors at the last minute, the arch and planters will provide instant decoration to the new location. You can ask your florist to decorate the arch, or do it yourself. Garden Artisans offers a number of arches to choose from, including the Ogee Gothic Arch, a Monet Arch and a Classic Round Arch to add a romantic touch to your wedding. After the ceremony, the arch can take an honored place in your garden as a reminder of your special day. Can You Hear Me? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you’re probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiant. Your DJ will be able to easily arrange this for you.
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