An outdoor wedding provides both breathtaking scenery and beautiful memories. Although the idea of an outdoor wedding is very picturesque, there is a lot of planning involved to ensure everything goes as planned. To help you prepare for your outdoor wedding, below is some advice to help guide you through the planning process.
Prepare for the Elements
Ensure the venue has some form of shelter in case of rain or unexpected weather. If the venue is without such a shelter, you may consider renting a tent that will be large enough for all your guests to remain dry.
The Bride’s Attire
Outdoor weddings can influence the type of dress and hairstyle a bride selects. For instance, an intricate lace dress might get caught on an uneven ground surface. If the bride’s dream dress is rather intricate, then you can purchase an aisle runner to protect the dress as the bride walks down the aisle. In terms of a hairstyle, choose something that enhances your hair’s natural tendency as humid or windy weather can affect an elaborate style.
Wedding Party and Guest Attire
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you should not insist that everyone is in formal gowns and heels. You want to ensure your guests are not miserable in their attire because it can affect the overall mood as well as the pictures.
If your reception is outdoors, it can be difficult to protect the food from the elements, and worse, from bugs. Your best option is to keep all food covered and heated until it is time to serve it, and ensure that it is in a covered area.
Comfort for your Guests
Make sure you provide plenty of seating and that there are no natural obstacles that may cause someone to become injured. You should ask your ushers to keep a close eye on children, elderly, and handicapped guests to ensure they do not struggle.
Protecting the Wedding Gifts
Place all your wedding gifts in a protected location that is also secure.