Outdoor weddings are beautiful and romantic occasions The natural beauty of an outdoor location can create a stunning atmosphere. Many people choose a familiar location with romantic significance.
The appeal of outdoor weddings should be weighed against potential risks such as the weather and comfort. The success of a wedding conducted outdoors can rely heavily on the weather.
It is important to consider a back up plan in case the weather does not meet your needs. Comfort should be considered, both for yourself and your guests. If the location is naturally cold or warm it is polite to advise your guests of an appropriate dress code.
Wind is often an unwelcome guest at outdoor weddings. It can wreak havoc on dresses, hairstyles and seating. Wind may impair your guests ability to hear the ceremony if this is being held outdoors. Any shelter provided should be sufficiently secured to withstand windy weather.
The amount of space available to use for your wedding increases greatly outdoors. This has many benefits but a spacious area may make it difficult for guests to hear your ceremony. A good sound system can work around this disadvantage.
Decorating an outdoor wedding can be a simple affair if you are relying on the natural beauty of your location. It is a good idea to visit your location shortly before the wedding to check that everything is in order.
If the grass needs mowing or the location is untidy make the effort to ensure this gets sorted before your wedding day. Make a note of anything that may need to be covered with your own decoration.
When you are considering additional decorations make allowances for the wedding being outdoors. Neatly posed ribbons and chiffon are unlikely to remain neat and tidy outdoors. In windy weather they may become wrapped around tables, chairs and guests.
Ensure that your decorations will not cause harm to the environment as there is an increased risk that is where they will end up. If bugs are a problem in your chosen location use citronella candles as decorations. These can help keep pests away and keep your guests comfortable.
Food is something often overlooked in outdoor weddings. Consider whether your menu will hold up in very hot or cold weather.
These considerations can be reduced by choosing a location with an on site kitchen your caterers can use to store food. Hot weather increases the risk of dehydration so plan for plenty of refreshing drinks to be made available to your guests.
Don’t forget to prepare for the clean up after your wedding. Make sure you know who is cleaning up and where the rubbish is going. If you appreciate your location then so will many others. It is polite to leave it as neat and tidy as you found it for future outdoor weddings.