As the days become longer and the weather becomes warmer, outdoor weddings become popular with the brides and grooms of today. Each year, more and more venues open up their beautiful scenery to wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions which give couples more options for taking their wedding outdoors.
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Why do an outdoor wedding? Of course, it would be a lot easier to plan an indoor wedding plus you don’t have to worry about the weather on top of everything else. However, an outdoor wedding allows you to maximize the views and capitalize on the location. Especially for destination weddings, the guests will be able to revel in the beauty of the location you have chosen. Be it in a garden, overlooking a lake, or even just a stunning rooftop, having a natural backdrop for your wedding celebration is sure to make the day even more unforgettable for everyone present.
Daunting as it may seem, preparing for your outdoor wedding isn’t as different as planning for an indoor one. All it takes is research, patience, and a dash of luck for good weather on the day of. To help you jump-start the planning process, here are our handy little reminders when it comes to planning the outdoor wedding of your dreams.
Comfort is Key.
The guests’ well-being is a big priority when it comes to picking wedding venues. All their needs must come first, like having clean comfort rooms, safe passageways going into and out of the venue, and having ample seats for everyone for eating, socializing, and lounging all throughout the night. Feel free to discuss your concerns with the venue’s event manager and welcome any other additional suggestions they might have to make sure your guests get to party worry-free.
Inform the Guests.
As an act of courtesy, getting your wedding guests informed about the outdoor seating is important. They are able to dress more appropriately and they can also bring along any additional items they might need to battle the great outdoors, like sunglasses, sunblock, and hats.
Set a Plan B.
Raining on your wedding day might be the last thing on your mind but it pays to be prepared when it comes to important occasions such as your wedding day. Discuss having a plan in case of sudden rain showers or extra windy days. Set an indoor seating plan as well as a Plan B set up of the decorations, just in case it gets wet all throughout the day itself. It may be tough to actually plan out a second indoor option for the beautiful outdoor setting you have envisioned to get married in, but having a Plan B is better than having no plan at all.
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Lit and Tuned In.
To make the guests attentive to the program all night long, make sure that the outdoor venue is well-lit and the sound system is audible to be heard in all corners. Even from the back of the garden or the back porch, the speeches and the toasts should be heard loud and clear so everyone gets to chime in on the action. Create cozy lounge areas all throughout the venue but make sure that all corners are bright at night to avoid any untoward accidents with the guests and at the same time avoiding any mosquitoes or insects that lurk in the dark.