An outdoor wedding, congratulations! Outdoor weddings can be romantic and beautiful. However, they come with additional caveats! Follow these tips to be sure you'll be sure to shine on your wedding day.
Make your guests comfortable! Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding.
Sunny and hot? Don't leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well.
Cold and damp? make sure you tell guests to wear extra layers. A simple insert reminder in their invite will do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.
Have a backup plan. What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside.
Plan for wind. Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics, chiffons and silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you'll be having an outdoor wedding so they might plan a hairstyle that won't leave you looking wind-blown!
Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you're probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you.
Those pesky flying things. Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won't spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.
Here comes the sun. Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Those having a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the ceremony so that the sun will be on guests' backs rather than in their eyes.
Permits, permits, permits! Don't forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning trash removal, candle or torch lighting, and pre-wedding photography.