Outdoor weddings can be romantic and beautiful. When planning an outdoor
wedding there are several details that need to be thought through.
Take into consideration the time of year and what type of weather is to
be expected. Renting a tent will work in providing cover in case of
rain or shelter to shade from the hot sun.
Have a backup plan, just in case the weather is too extreme. Even if
you are providing a tent the ground underneath can be soaked if there is
a heavy rainfall leaving you and your guest with wet and soggy feet.
The natural beauty surrounding your location
may be enough decoration but you might to add several potted plants and
other decorative items. An archway or trellis beautifully decorated
would be a beautiful addition to focus on the actual ceremony. Consider
adding twinkling lights as the sun sets to add to the romance of the day
and provide romantic lighting in the evening.
Plan for wind and avoid light fabrics like chiffon and silks in your
dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that your
wedding will be outdoors so that a suitable style can be designed in
case of windy conditions. Also if you are adding additional decorations
to your ceremonial site be sure that they are securely in place to avoid
items blowing away.
Will you guests be able to hear? If your location is close to areas
that is louder than normal or you have a large crowd attending your
wedding you might want to consider a sound system for the bride and
groom and officiant. Consult with your DJ or Band as they may be able
to provide you with this service or consider renting a sound system.
Meal planning for an outdoor wedding takes special planning in order to
provide a tasty and safe meal for your guests. Refrigeration and
heating facilities is very important in meal planning. Consultation
with you caterer is a must when planning menus in the heat.
Make sure you ask if special permits are necessary when holding an
outdoor wedding in City Parks or other locations. Be sure to check to
see if the local amenities will be available, if not you will have to
provide portable washrooms facilities. Will you be able to serve alcohol
at your location? Will running water and hydro be available? Ask about
prearrangements before and after the ceremony so you know well in
advance what to expect.