Top Five Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings can be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing but there are certain things you need to plan ahead for if you want to enjoy the great outdoors at your wedding and/or reception.

Follow these tips for a memorable and comfortable wedding experience!


Tip #5.  Dress for the weather.

Be season-conscious when choosing fabrics for the bridal party’s clothes. In summer, lightweight fabrics such as cotton, linen, and chiffon can be much more comfortable than heavier fabrics.


Choose sensible shoes – heels tend to sink in grass or sand, but many brides are opting for stylish flip-flops for the wedding party.


A complete suit, tie, and vest ensemble can be brutal in summer sun for the men! Consider slacks and vests or lightweight linens for suits.


Tip #4. Select venue-conscious foods.

If you choose to have an outdoor reception, take the weather into consideration when planning your menu. If you are expecting heat and/or humidity, mayonnaise-based salads or finger sandwiches are not the best idea, as they must be served cold.


Likewise, consider what type of icing you’d like on your cake: fondant holds its shape much better under warm conditions than buttercream, which is prone to melting. Be sure to discuss your choices with your caterer and your cake maker.


Tip #3. Expect wind and/or sun exposure.

Prepare for the possibility of wind and sun. If your ceremony is outside, try to angle the chairs so the sun is at the backs of your guests, not in their eyes. Let your hairstylist know that you’ll be outside for an extended period of time so that your hairstyle will last through the event. It’s a good idea to have the men use a bit of pomade so their hair stays in place as well.


Tip #2. Have a back-up plan.

Always, always, always have a back-up plan. For your outdoor reception you may consider having a sturdy, weighted tent so that you and your guests don’t get soaked in the downpour. And some of them nowadays are simply lovely.


Tip #1. Make your guests comfortable & plan for the essentials.

Will the weather be warm and sunny? Brisk and cloudy? Be prepared. If your wedding is planned for July and it’s likely going to be hot, consider printing your programs on fans or setting up a tasteful stand in the back where guest could find water before the ceremony.


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