How to prepare for an outdoor wedding.
You should get married outdoors!
Preparing for an outdoor wedding requires careful planning to ensure a successful and enjoyable event. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for an outdoor wedding:
1. Choose the Right Location: Make it worth it! Choose the most beautiful and meaningful place you know, and get married there. Because why not? Just make sure it's accessible to whoever you're inviting and not harming any animals or the environment.
2. Weather Considerations: Have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Rent a tent or marquee to provide shelter in case of rain or extreme heat. Consider providing fans, heaters, or blankets depending on the weather forecast, and just prepare for everything if you live in one of those 4-seasons-in-one-day kind of places.
3. Permits and Regulations: Check local regulations and permits required for outdoor events, including noise permits, alcohol licenses, and venue-specific rules. These are important and normally in place to protect the land and/or not disturb neighbours.
4. Guest Comfort: Rent comfortable seating and provide ample shade/cover from the rain. This can be super important, you don't want your guests to feel like they have to leave early because they are uncomfortable. Also make sure to rent restroom facilities if the outdoor location lacks proper facilities.
5. Decor and Ambiance: Enhance the natural beauty of the outdoor setting with minimalistic decor that complements the surroundings. Usually you don't need much more than string lights, small floral decorations, and candles to make it look nice.
6. Attire and Footwear: Inform your guests about the outdoor setting so they can dress appropriately. Encourage comfortable footwear for walking on uneven surfaces, especially on grass or cobblestone as those can be particularly difficult walking surfaces.
7. Catering and Beverages: Choose a caterer experienced in outdoor events who can handle food safety in varying conditions. Make sure they have a way to bring the food to the tables without it getting wet in case of rain. Ensure there's an ample supply of water and other beverages to keep guests hydrated, especially in warm weather.
8. Lighting: Ensure there is enough light for guests to see when it gets dark. Make sure pathways, food and drink areas, and toilets are well lit.
9. Sound and Music: Hire a professional sound system to ensure everyone can hear the ceremony and speeches and make sure it's weather proofed. Consider any noise restrictions that might apply to the outdoor venue.
10. Photography: Work with your photographer to plan for optimal lighting conditions. Make sure your tent is evenly lit by a single colour (as in, do not mix warm and cool lights, just pick warm). Make sure to have undercover location ideas for part of the photo shoot in case of heavy rain, and bring a clear umbrella to still be able to get some gorgeous photos with those uncovered locations.
11. Insect Control: Address bug concerns with citronella candles, bug spray, or fans to keep insects at bay. Have an area with a basket with bug spray, and perhaps sunscreen and blankets as well. Which leads me to my next point...
12. Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like first aid supplies, sunscreen, umbrellas, and basic tools.
13. Guest Communication: Provide clear directions to the venue, parking instructions, and any other important details in advance. If you do not make this so a 5 year old could read it, you could get many messages on the day trying to figure out where to park.
14. Waste Management: Arrange for waste disposal and recycling bins throughout the venue to maintain cleanliness. Better yet, try to have a ZERO-WASTE wedding as much as possible!
15. Campfire: If you will have a campfire, make sure there are no fire bans or it is done safely and under regulations of the law. We have too many forests burning down these days, let's not add to it!
16. Transportation: If the venue is remote or lacks parking, arrange transportation options for guests.
17. Vendor Coordination: Ensure all vendors are aware of the outdoor setting and any specific requirements. Have your planner make sure everything runs smoothly.
18. Wedding Party Preparation: Inform your wedding party about the outdoor setting so they can choose appropriate attire and footwear.
19. Backup Power: Consider renting a generator to ensure you have a reliable power source for lighting, music, and other equipment. Keep in mind generators can be very loud.
20. Enjoy every moment: Don't forget to enjoy your day! Don't stress, hire a planner to stress for you. Just relax, enjoy, and go with the flow, however the weather turns out.
You can definitely create an epic outdoor wedding in all circumstances, you just need to be prepared. Don't let the thought of rain get you down because without the rain, there would be no rainbows ;)
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