Tips for Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor weddings take a lot of planning, but the enchanting results are more than worth it. Here are some tips to put on your wedding planning checklist that will make your outdoor wedding the memorable day it should be!
Choose the right dress!
Short wedding dresses are perfect for outdoor weddings in hot weather, keeping you nice and cool and making sure that gorgeous white skirt doesn’t drag on the ground. Beach wedding dresses should be made of lighter material, to create a dreamy, windswept flow. Leave the heavy lace at the store; you want that dress to billow in the breeze. Don’t go too light, though. You don’t want you and your bridesmaids to be holding your skirts the whole time! Outdoor weddings can also be a great place for more casual wedding dresses that look young and fresh.
Time your wedding with the sunset!
If you have a little flexibility with their venue, see if you can set up your special day so that your vows will be illuminated by the warm orange glow of the setting sun. Take care with your angling, though! Your guests won’t thank you if the sun is in their eyes. Put the sunset behind them for beautiful lighting and maximum visibility.
Keep your guests comfy!
June is the most popular month for weddings, and if the weather is sunny and hot, make sure your ushers can provide your guests with cold water, and think about printing your wedding program on a fan. Provide plenty of sunscreen and consider renting a tent. If things will be colder, remind your guests ahead of time and think about providing portable heaters. Make sure to have a backup plan for keeping your guests dry if it rains, as well! A tent is an option, and so is having the reception hall nearby so it can be used for the ceremony in a pinch. If there are a lot of bugs in the area, consider citronella candles. Your guests will appreciate it!
Tailor your plans to fit your venue!
One of the perks of an outdoor wedding is that you can use the natural beauty around you as a decoration, but make sure to visit the site about a week before your wedding to make sure the lawn is mowed and flowers are blooming, and consider supplementing the venue’s beauty with a trellis, luminaries, or strings of lights. Also, make sure your caterer knows how to make food for an outdoor wedding. Certain foods don’t keep well outdoors, and it’s best to avoid foods that need to be served cold. If you’re part of the 25% of couples that have themed ceremonies and receptions, make sure your theme and your venue blend together seamlessly.
Get a permit!
If you’re not getting married in an outdoor venue that comes with a permit, check with your local government to obtain one, and ask about rules concerning candles, photography, and trash removal.
Remember, you’re not alone! 40% of couples now plan their weddings together, and you can always consult a wedding planner if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Plan carefully and your outdoor wedding can be the experience of a lifetime!