Outdoor Wedding Tips
When a bride asks about ideas for an outdoor wedding site, before we offer suggestions, we ask how flexible she is. Planning a wedding at an outdoor site requires arranging two sites. One is the prime location and the other is the alternate. The weather has been known to ruin many original plans. Don’t let that discourage you from having the wedding you want, but do have backup plans in place.
An outdoor wedding site can be a perfect spot for those of different religious faiths. It’s a perfect choice for couples who love the outdoors or have families with extensive gardens or grounds. Often outdoor sites are less expensive than closed venues.
The intimate setting of a beach, park or backyard offers the freedom to add personal touches to the ceremony. The location choice will set the theme for your wedding.
Here are some tips for having an outdoor wedding.
- Planning on having candles? Use glass hurricanes to keep the wind from extinguishing the flame
- If it rains the night before your wedding, and you’ll be walking down the aisle on grass, be careful! Your heels can get stuck and sink in wet grass. If you’re having a backyard wedding, consider putting down patio blocks for you and your bridal party to stand on. We also suggest purchasing SoleMates Heel Protectors to keep from sinking as you walk down the aisle
- The sun can be blinding. Face your guests away from the sun. (You could also provide a basket of sunglasses in case they forget theirs)
- If your having an outdoor reception, make sure your wedding cake doesn’t melt in the sun. Ask your baker for suggestions for keeping your cake safe, delicious, and beautiful
- Offer your guests a cold drink such as lemonade, iced tea, or even water to enjoy while they wait for your ceremony to begin. It will keep them happy and hydrated as they sit in the hot sun. In colder weather offer hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate.
- Another way to keep your guests cool, is to have your wedding program printed on fans.
- To avoid giving your guests a “hot seat” avoid seating them on metal chairs.
- Secure tiny weights to the hem of your veil, to keep it from blowing in the breeze.
- Talk to your caterer about avoiding perishable foods with ingredients that shouldn’t sit in the hot sun.
- Spray for mosquitoes ahead of time and use citronella candles to keep the bugs away
- Talk to your florist about using weather tolerant flowers.
- Keep your place cards from blowing away by using frames that can also be used as favors.
Following these tips should help you have a smooth and successful outdoor wedding.