Planning An Outdoor Wedding

So, you came downstairs on Christmas morning and there he was holding the box with the cutest little smile on his face. You rip off the wrapping and open the little velvet case and there it is! 2 karat emerald cut. You’re ecstatic. After you post pics on every form of social media you can think of, you realize that this means you have a wedding to start planning for. And not just a wedding, this wedding is going to make William and Kate’s look like Vegas. You know you want the traditional outdoor setting, sometime in May or June…..

Beach wedding
Location
The Beach. Beaches are beautiful and symbolic places for a wedding. If you want to have it on a public beach, be sure to look into the required paperwork for a beach wedding ceremony. There is also the option of choosing a restaurant near the beach that will accommodate your guests. A Backyard. If you know someone with a big backyard and you’re prepared to procure a large tent for the occasion, this can be a lovely option.

Winery or Vineyard. Marriage receptions at wineries can be extremely romantic. Wineries usually have a canopy tent, gazebo or an indoor dining room in the case of inclement weather.

The Decor
Of course, one of the great advantages of an outdoor wedding is natural landscape. Visit the site a week before to make sure it is in good order. Some decorating ideas to help you capitalize on the outdoor theme include string lights, white paper lanterns hung from the ceiling of a tent, floating candles in a clear vase or pond or a chandelier hung from a tree. Consider using a trellis as a focal point covered with flowers and foliage.

Blankets for wedding guests
Keeping Guest Comfortable
Water. While spirits are usually flowing at a wedding, don’t forget to keep guests hydrated. A bowl of punch is a classic outdoor entertainment feature or you can greet your guests with a drink dispenser full of iced tea or lemonade when they arrive. Water bottles personalized with the names of the bride and groom are also likely to be a big hit. Cooldowns. Another great idea is to offer guests parasols and fans. They are useful, decorative and can add a thematic element to the festivities.

Sunscreen. Your guests might also appreciate it if you make sunscreen available. Let them know you are concerned about their skin health and comfort by providing bottles of sunscreen at the tables or throwing a few in a basket for your guests to have at their disposal. Warmups. If the night turns chilly, have some blankets on hand to add a little coziness to the atmosphere.

The Cake
You definitely don’t want anything to happen to the cake. Keep the outdoor temperature and placement of the cake in mind, or you may find that your butter cream icing puddling at the tiers of your newly exposed cake. If you intend to display your cake in the sun, fondant will hold up longer than butter cream and the shelter of a shady tree is sure to come in handy.

Woman in wedding dress
The Dress

You may want to go light on your wedding gown, but if a multi-layer crinoline is all that will do, at least make sure your bridesmaids are comfortable.

Other Things to Consider

  • Weather. Remember the hottest part of the day is between 1 and 3 in the afternoon. Try to schedule your ceremony for some time after that time frame.
  • Insects. Make sure to protect food stations with proper cover. You may want to place some citronella candles throughout the area.
  • Rentals. If your space is not equipped with restrooms, you will probably want to rent portable bathrooms. Also consider renting heating lamps and tents for late night cooldowns.
  • Rain. Always have a backup plan or alternate location if Mother Nature is not acting in accordance to your wishes.

The most beautiful part of your wedding is you, so we want to make sure your day is perfect and has everything you could wish for. Let us know what you’re planning. We love to hear from you!

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