Tips for Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are very popular, and for good reason. There is nothing more delightful than being in the beauty of nature to celebrate your marriage. However, weather issues are obviously of the upmost importance when planning your outdoor ceremony. If it’s raining then there is no question that the ceremony will move indoors, it’s the threat of rain that is worse.

Here are some tips for successful outdoor wedding planning:

Rain plan – have a good one.

Note the umbrellas for shade in the bucket. Photo by David Coulter

Umbrellas or blankets in baskets – this is a favorite trick of mine. Remind your guests on the invitation to dress appropriately for the season. Have shawls for your bridesmaids.

Tents – Although its unfortunate to have to pay for something you may not use, if budget permits, reserve a tent in advance. You just can’t get a tent at the last minute.

Check where the sun and shade will be at the time of day and time of year.

Wind – Flower arrangements can blow over with a gust of wind. I love the iron stake type hangers that hold flower baskets, they really resist the wind. The baskets can be removed after the ceremony and brought into the reception.

Can everyone hear? Sound outdoors dissipates. For a wedding over about 50 or so guests, your officiant should have the use of a sound system.

Water and beverage station – for summer weddings have something available for your guests while they wait in the heat.

And finally, a couple of small points – I do not recommend using an aisle runner outdoors, especially in grass or an uneven surface. And women, watch those high heels – they can be very troublesome on grass as well!

I hope these ideas help you as you plan an outdoor wedding. And finally, your attitude will go a long way in helping you and everyone enjoy your outdoor wedding. If you simply come to terms with the most basic fact of life – that we cannot control the weather – and go with the flow, you’ll be fine. In the end, you will still be married, and that’s something to celebrate!







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