Tips for Having an Outdoor Wedding
The outdoors can be an absolutely beautiful setting for a wedding.
Natural backdrops of trees, mountains or oceans are unparalleled by any decorations that can be utilized in an
Additionally the natural lighting that is provided by anoutdoor wedding makes for
truly glorious pictures. However, there are careful considerations that need to be made in planning an
outdoor wedding. The first tip for having an outdoor wedding is to choose your
You might want to consider a venue that is capable of providing a contingency plan in case the weather affects
your wedding and prevents your original plan from occurring. Although you may prefer an outdoor
setting, it is wise to choose a location that has an indoor facility that would be available for your
use in the event of a storm that would otherwise cancel your wedding.
Dressing appropriately for the conditions is also important
if you plan to have an outdoor wedding. For example a strapless gown made of a
lightweight fabric would not be appropriate for a fall or winter wedding if the temperatures are usually low
at these times of the year. Likewise a dress with long sleeves and a high neck would not be appropriate for a
summertime wedding in a warm climate. You will want to be comfortable on your wedding day so dress according
to the weather. Another tip for having an outdoor wedding is to plan your wedding
for a time of year that is unlikely to have inclement weather. It’s important to give yourself the best
possible chance of having good weather for your wedding.
Try studying the weather history in the area that you plan to have your wedding and choose a time that has a
relatively low chance of snow or rain. In setting up for your outdoor wedding, one
important tip is to set up the area where the ceremony will be held in a way that keeps the sun at the guests’
backs. For example, for a morning wedding, you will want to position the seating so that the guests are facing to
the west. This is important because the sun rises in the east and having the guests facing to the east would result
in the guests having to squint into the sun. If you choose a summertime wedding in a warm climate, be sure to have
plenty of drinks available for your guests. You might want to consider having refreshing beverages such as water
and juices available throughout the ceremony and reception to prevent guests from dehydrating.
One of the most problematic aspects of an outdoor wedding is the acoustics. Guests at an
outdoor wedding are often unable to hear the proceedings. Additionally, if a wedding
video is made, it often is unable to pick up the words of the officiant or the couple reciting their vows. For this
reason, you may wish to utilize a public address system during the ceremony to ensure that all guests are able to
hear the ceremony. If you have a lot of out of town guests who will be attending your outdoor wedding, you
may want to prepare a package to mail to them detailing the weather expectations for your wedding date so that they
can prepare for the trip. Although the past can be a good indication of what type of weather to expect, you might
also want to consider sending your out of town guests a weather prediction update a few days prior to your wedding
in case the meteorologists are predicting unseasonable weather.
The outdoor setting you choose may also affect the color choices for your wedding. You
may wish to choose colors that accent the natural surroundings. For example choosing a bright pink for your
bridesmaids’ dresses may seem out of place if you are holding your wedding against a mountain setting. The loudness
of their dresses will disrupt the serenity of the natural setting. Another tip for an outdoor
wedding is to consider hiring a live band instead of a DJ for the entertainment. A live band will
blend in better with the surroundings in an outdoor setting. Also, the natural music of a
live band is also a better fit then the synthesized music of a DJ.
One final tip for having an outdoor wedding is to try to provide your guests with as
much shade as possible. You can do this by either providing a large tent or canopy for your guests or by choosing a
setting with a number of large trees and planning your wedding for a time and date that would ensure an abundance
of shade in the area. Taking a few precautions and planning wisely will ensure that your outdoor
wedding is a success. It is important to make a few adjustments to your usual planning and making
provisions that will keep you and your guests comfortable throughout the ceremony and the reception.
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