Outdoor weddings can be very romantic and beautiful; however, they come with their own unique set of risks that you should consider. But don’t worry! If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding, whether it’s this year or at some point in the future, we’ve got you covered with a go-to list of our best pieces of advice.
Arrange for Outdoor Comforts
When choosing to have an outdoor summer wedding, your main concern should be making sure all of your guests are comfortable. Whether your ceremony, reception or even both are going to be held outdoors, there are some simple and easy ways to add comfort. First, be sure you have adequate seating. If it’s a hot summer day, your family and friends will appreciate seats in a cool, shaded space. Also consider having cool beverages, like bottles of water, available before your ceremony. Finally, it’s a smart idea to rent fans to place in key areas throughout your ceremony or under a tented reception.
Have Guests Dress Accordingly
A summer wedding is the perfect occasion for a lightweight, flowing bridal gown and airy dresses for your bridesmaids. For the groom and his men, lighter color suits or khakis with dress shirts and ties are acceptable choices. Outdoor weddings tend to be a bit more casual, so make sure you indicate on your invitations if your guests should opt for “casual” attire or welcome them to wear comfortable shoes, like flip flops, since they will be in the grass.
Be Prepared with Backup Plan
Summer is a gorgeous time to get married outdoors. But keep in mind that Mother Nature has her own agenda and may not cooperate with your plans. The best thing you can do is plan ahead with a backup option for your ceremony and reception space, should rain, wind or anything else make an outdoor wedding undesirable. Renting a tent large enough to fit all of your guests comfortably is a great place to start! Not only will the tent provide shade and shelter, it can also serve as an alternative venue for your wedding ceremony, should you not be able to do it outside. Another option is to choose a venue that has an indoor space you can use as a backup. While it may not be your first choice, you will be glad you have a Plan B ready to go, if needed.
Focus on the Details that Matter
From the style of your shoes to the color of your linens, the decisions that need to be made throughout the wedding planning process can be overwhelming to say the least. Prioritize your most important details that will have the biggest impact on your day (i.e. venue, food and photographer). Smaller details, like the style of your napkins and place settings, don’t matter nearly as much. Focus on the big details first and foremost, and then move on to the smaller details, or forget them altogether! We promise, your guests will never know the difference.
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