10 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

10 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

1) Make your guests comfortable. Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding.Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves.

2) Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms.

3) Plan for wind many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Tell your hairstylist that you’ll be having an outdoor wedding. Again, tell your guests in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure your tent will stand up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.

4) Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you’re probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiant.

5) Decorations One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate. But you still need to do some work.

6) Make things tasty outside Does your caterer have experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they’re planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat.

7) Don’t leave your guests parched Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas and punches. Be sure to have plenty of ice and water around as well.

8) Those pesky flying things Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won’t spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.

9) Here comes the sun Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun.

10) Permits Don’t forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor wedding.