August 21, 2019
Outdoor weddings are amazing when they go well. The scenery and ambiance can’t be beat! But planning an outdoor wedding can be super hard. There are so many factors to consider. Check out our list of the most important things you need to consider when planning an outdoor wedding.
1. Always have a Backup Plan. This should be obvious, but you need to have a backup plan. Even if only part of your wedding is taking place outside.
2. Double-check your contracts. Some rental items cannot be set up on wet ground or under threat of rain. You will want to be sure all of your furniture, equipment, and decor can still be set up as planned. Also, look around for tent rental companies in your area. Some will allow you to put down a deposit on a tent just in case you need it. Just be aware that they often need to have a yes or no answer a few days before. Also, make sure to talk to your venue and caterer about what their policies are around when you need to make the final decision about whether to call for plan B.
3. Obtain all necessary permits. Some outdoor wedding sites require reservations and proper permitting for guests and events. Noise, parking, tenting and alcohol regulations may also come into play. Make sure to check with the appropriate agencies before planning an outdoor wedding.
4. Think about the time of day. Visit your ceremony site at the time you plan to have your event begin. Take into consideration the placement of the sun. Plan your ceremony around this so guests won’t be blinded as they try to watch you say your I Do’s!
5. Ensure your guests are comfortable. Bottled water, fans, bug spray, sufficient bathrooms and shady areas are all must have’s for an outdoor wedding.
6. Weather-proof your hair. Talk to your hair stylist about any weather-related concerns you may have (wind, humidity etc..). They can give you suggestions based on your hair type and personal preferences.
7. Dress for the weather. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the warmer months—you might be surprised by how hot a wedding gown starts to feel after a while. Pick light and airy gowns that are strapless or that have spaghetti straps. Also, I would strongly encourage changing into something shorter and lighter for the reception. For the guys, consider ditching the suit jacket (or maybe only use it for photos). The men may also want to consider short sleeves and lighter colors. Also, steer clear of long dress trains or veils. They will pick up every little thing along the way!
8. Avoid stilettos or pointy-heeled shoes. If a significant portion of your wedding day is taking place on the grass or another soft surface, we recommend wedges or flats. Cute shoes are not worth sinking into the ground with every step! Make sure the women in your bridal party follow the same rules. Heel caps may seem like a good idea but they don’t hold up well for very long.
9. Inform your guests. Your wedding website is a great tool for communicating with guests that you are having an outdoor wedding. Make sure to provide simple attire tips such as “The reception will be held on the grass—wedges and flats encouraged!” or “We suggest bringing a sweater or wrap as it can get chilly at night this time of year.” You can also ask guests to refer to your website for last-minute changes due to weather.
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