An outdoor wedding is the best way to be out in nature and enjoying all of the elements as you and your wife- or husband-to-be exchange vows in front of your closest friends and family. But planning this type of wedding does require a few extra considerations than your standard indoor wedding does. In addition to figuring out ways that you can perhaps save a little money here and there and stick to your budget, an outdoor wedding requires that you also consider the following.
Rent the Extras That You’ll Need
If you’re planning on hosting your wedding reception in the great outdoors in tents, you’ll need to take some extra steps to make these otherwise bland tents inviting and reflective of you and your spouse. Look for things that you can rent to decorate your tent, such as textured curtains and tiebacks, colourful cushions, and fun yet beautiful chandeliers. Everything should come together in a complementary design scheme that exhibits your personal style and taste.
Make Sure Your Guests are Comfortable
Because your guests will be outside and exposed to the elements, whether you’re planning a wedding in the cool autumn air or in the hot summer sun, you need to take steps to ensure their comfort at all times. Do some research into what the weather is most likely to be like on the day and time of your wedding ceremony and reception. While the weather fluctuates from year to year, there should be a trend that you can see, and this will help you figure out what you can do to keep your guests comfortable.
For example, you can have cold drinks and fans available for them during a summer wedding, along with perhaps some sunscreen and sunglasses, like Ray Ban sunglasses or even classic aviators – never out of fashion. And for a wedding in the cooler weather, you can have lap blankets available along with portable heaters.
Always Have a Backup Plan in Place
It’s very hard to beat the natural beauty that comes with an outdoor wedding, but the truth is that sometimes Mother Nature decides not to cooperate. The last thing you want is to plan a wedding outside and then be rained or snowed out. Again, the weather can be highly unpredictable throughout the year, and even the most tropical paradise can experience a horrific storm.
Therefore, always have a backup plan in place. Does the venue that’s giving you the outdoor space for your wedding also have a beautiful indoor space you can use should the weather turn sour? If so, this is your ideal choice. If you can’t find a venue that suits all of your needs, both indoor and out, you should keep searching or you’ll have to decide if you want to take your chances with an outdoor wedding after all.
When planning any wedding, give yourself plenty of time to sort through all of the details. In this way, when your big day arrives, you can relax and enjoy it.