Rain on Your Big Day: 10 Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips
If you are a person that loves being outside in nature and enjoys a more bohemian atmosphere, then you probably have already considered having your wedding outside. It definitely sounds more romantic than having it indoors. You have already thought about everything: the flowers, the scenery, the sunshine, the breeze. And all of that may as well be true, but there are other things you have to take into account when you are planning an outdoor wedding. We have 10 tips for you, so that you can make sure your special day is a true success. Let’s see what they are, shall we?
Choose the Location of Your Outdoor Wedding Carefully
The first thing you need to consider is the location. Sure, they may all sound extremely romantic: a garden, a beach, a winery, and so on. But there are pros and cons to every location. For instance, a beach wedding has a lot of pros. But before you decide on this location, keep in mind that the breeze might mess with your decorations, hair, and so on.
Since having an outdoor wedding means there is usually nothing already prepared ahead of time, you will have to take into account the extra costs that will definitely occur. From setting to sanitation, parking, or even security, these are things to keep in mind.
What About Electricity?
If you want music and light when it gets dark outside, you will also need electricity. Think about kitchen appliances, speakers, ventilation, light bulbs, and so on.
Have a Plan B
That may sound like tempting fate, but there isn’t anything worse than not being prepared in case something happens. When you have an outdoor wedding, it means you depend on the weather 100%. And the weather can change as fast as you get to say “wedding”. At least make sure you have a tent available in case of anything.
Keep Your Guests Happy
That means keep them dry if it happens to rain, and keep them from getting a sunburn if the weather is too hot. Prepare ahead and buy a bunch of umbrellas, fans, and even hats to offer your guests so that they can enjoy your wedding undisturbed.
Where Are Your Guests Going to Sit?
Especially if the ceremony will last for a while, make sure you have enough seats for everybody. No matter the location of your outside wedding, keeping your guests standing is definitely not a good idea.
Save the Shoes
Fancy shoes and outdoor weddings don’t really go together. So what you can do is buy a bunch of plastic heel protectors and offer them to your guests. That way you can all dance all night long.
Delimitate the Paths
Especially if your outdoor wedding is in a rather large area, you want your guests to know where to go. You can get really creative with this, making paths out of colorful rose petals, or lighting the way with small candles.
Take Care of Insects
Nobody wants tons of insects swarming around when they want to eat or dance. Make sure to use natural pesticides that have a pleasant smell, or even have the site sprayed with stronger chemicals 48 hours before the wedding.
You may want not to decorate the tables with anything that is too lightweight, as they can easily be knocked down by the wind. Try some potted plants instead of vases, and protect the candles with tall glass vessels.
Now that you know what to watch for if you want to have an outdoor wedding, we wish you a wonderful day with your loved ones!