disaster that everyone remembers for the wrong reasons. Most people choose a warm day to get
married outdoors, although some are happy with a dry day, even if it's not hot. No matter the temperature,
there are always plenty of things that can go wrong if you decide that your perfect wedding will be outside.
The key to making sure that it all goes according to plan is to have a solid plan. You need to think about the
issues that an outdoor wedding poses and know how to deal with them.
warning so that they can be prepared. That's not to say that all of them will be sensible enough to prepare
themselves, but at least you can say that you warned them. Tell them on their invitations that either the ceremony
or reception (or both) will be outdoors and what that will mean. Will they be standing up a lot? Might there be mud
or at least uneven ground? How much shade will there be? Give them as much information as you can. It doesn't
all have to fit on an invite - it could be in an email or on your wedding website.
ceremony could require a special license, or you might need permission to put up a marquee or just to throw a big
party. Make sure you check if you need anything like this so that you don't have your wedding ruined. If you're having
your reception at home and you belong to an HOA, it's also a good idea to check the rules on parties. It's also just polite
to inform your neighbors - and maybe invite them.
weather, you never know if something could go wrong. If it doesn't end up too wet or windy, there could be another reason
you're unable to use your planned outdoor space. Often, if you book a venue, they will have an alternative indoor space that
you can use. This is the best thing to do if you're at all worried about the weather not playing ball for your special day.
They will need shade if it's hot and sunny, especially if they're standing around. In particular, you need to consider your
younger and older guests who might not be able to stand the heat as well as others. During the ceremony, you could have
a canopy or perhaps provide parasols for your guests. For the party, a marquee or tent is ideal to provide shelter for eating
you might consider having everyone stand up, but it's not ideal. You should think about how you're going to set up
chairs or benches for everyone so that they can take a seat. It's especially important to have somewhere to sit for
any guests who might not be comfortable standing for long. This is most difficult on a beach, where sand can make
everything unstable. But setting up seating and a path to your seats will help your guests.
right up to you and even stinging or biting you. Your guests aren't going to enjoy being bothered by flies or mosquitoes all day,
so try to keep them away using whichever methods work best. If you need someone to help, contact Mosquito Squad or a service
like it. You can have professionals take care of protecting your event from bugs. It's one more thing that you won't have to worry
about on your special day.
sensible recommendations. For a warm day, you probably don't want to serve anything that can melt. Nor do you want to have any
food that will easily go off in the heat. It's not a great idea to serve fresh fruit or anything else that might attract bugs. You can make
the most of your outdoor space, though. Have some things cooked over a fire or barbecue pit, or perhaps have a food truck.
guests - although you can't make them listen to you. Consider the practicalities of being outdoors and whether you need to avoid
anything. Do you want a long dress that trails in the mud? Are you going to be able to walk around in high heels? Maybe you need
to make sure you don't get too cold or too hot. It could be nice to provide some extra items for guests, such as comfortable shoes
(cheap flip-flops), shawls or sunglasses.
to look after your guests, so think of how you can keep them comfortable and happy. One thing to consider is making sure that everyone
is hydrated. When it's hot, it's easy for everyone to get thirsty. And don't make the mistake of only providing alcohol drinks because they're
not good for hydrating. Provide water or other soft drinks to help keep everyone hydrated.
to be straining to hear, but in a large and open space, the acoustics might not lend themselves well to the situation. You might need to consider
the use of microphones so that you can amplify your voices. Think about acoustics for other things too, such as speeches and performances or
music. You need everyone to be able to hear, but you also don't want to make things too loud.
practically too. Consider which are the best decorations to use outdoors and where you can put them. Would it be practical to have candles or
would they be dangerous or keep getting blown out? You don't want anything that could get blown around in the wind or anything reflective that
could heat up or shine the sun in people's eyes.
are facilities that they can use. Some venues will have facilities indoors, but you might want to make sure that they're clearly signposted so that
your guests don't have to keep asking. If there aren't existing facilities, you might need to have temporary ones set up for the day. These don't
have to be the sort of thing you find at festivals. A more sophisticated setup is possible.
If fireworks don't appeal to you, you could hire some entertainers or think of some other fun ways to entertain everyone. Set up a photo booth, have a
bounce house or a large dance floor.
so you need to make sure you choose the right photographer for the day. Take a look at a photographer's portfolio when you're considering them, and ask
them about taking photos outdoors. They'll be able to tell you how they get the best shots and might give some suggestions for on the day for how you could
make things easier for them.