Choosing to have your wedding outdoors presents you the opportunity to select your perfect romantic setting. There’s nothing quite like exchanging your vows surrounded by nature in all her splendor. So, if your marital dreams include planning a beautiful outdoor wedding, these tips are for you!
If it’s a viable option, reserving a venue is always the way to go. They’re already equipped with power, facilities and staff, so some of your major hurdles with an outdoor event are taken care of before you even begin.
Depending on your choice of wedding date, it’s important to pay attention to the weather and plan for it. Most outdoor weddings take place in the Spring or Summer, so you’ll want to consider rain and heat in particular. Many venues have tents or structures in place to deal with sudden showers or increased heat and if you’re setting up your own event, think about renting tents or fans.
The thing about those lovely outdoor settings is that they’re very much outside. This means that heat, cold, bugs, and other elements of nature are present and must be accounted for. Depending on your choice of venue, you may be dealing with sand, sweat, mosquitoes or other minor annoyances so remember that you and your guests need to dress appropriately. If you’re determined to wear that princess dress with the 12 layers, consider a venue that comes with an air conditioned reception area or one that has a lot of shade. If you’re planning to declare your love on a beach, you may want to consider flats. If your wedding is taking place in the evening hours, spring for citronella candles!
Remember when you’re deciding what to serve your guests, some foods do not fare well in the sun. So if you’re planning a summer wedding, it’s best to avoid leaving hors d’oeuvres such as cheese platters or fresh fruit sitting out. If you aren’t using a venue with facilities, ice cream, sorbets or other cold desserts will likely be too much of a mess to store and serve. Do consider water or cold drinks for summer events or something warm if it’s going to be chilly.
Don’t worry too much. It’s your big day, you’re marrying the person you love, you look amazing and your wedding is in a gorgeous, romantic spot. Breathe and enjoy. Be sure and contact us for more information.