If you are planning a wedding, you probably already know how much work is involved in making sure the event goes off as you plan. Brides who want to get married outdoors have a variety of extra concerns. However, marrying in the warm sunshine and celebrating benefit the evening stars is often worth the added effort during the planning stages. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, consider a few of the following important factors. Start with landscape lighting so you can be sure that your guests can move safely through the outdoor wedding space day or night. Landscape lights are subtle but they offer illuminated pathways and mood enhancement that will improve most events.
Your next concern should be protecting your guests and your décor from the elements. The most common way to handle this is by creating a rented area around your wedding and reception. Many brides take a risk with the ceremony because it only lasts a few minutes. When the time comes for the reception, they cover the areas for eating, mingling, and dancing. This means that over the course of several hours of partying, you will not need to worry about rain or inclement conditions. Having a tent ensures your guests will be comfortable, and even if the temperatures are uncomfortable, you can create heating and cooling within the tented area.
The décor of your outdoor wedding is important because it sets the tone for the event. To ensure you feel like you want to feel, make sure your décor fits the mood. You can choose the same variety of elements for an outdoor wedding as you would for an indoor event, and in some cases you can even incorporate your surroundings in an elegant way. Many brides enjoy having natural elements in their wedding and having the wedding outdoors is a great way to do this in a cost-effective manner.
Another important part of the reception is the music. This sets the tone just as much as the décor and in some cases, it may mean the difference between a mediocre party and a great night for everyone. Be sure to choose a mix of music that appeals to a wide variety of people and include a few songs that are special to the bride and groom. Lastly, to ensure a successful outdoor party, be sure the sound system is protected from the elements and that the music can be heard in all parts of the outdoor space.
Finally, serve food that is just as delicious as what you would offer at an indoor wedding. Most importantly, make sure the food is protected and served in a way that keeps it safe from the outdoors. If possible, put a buffet in a temperature controlled indoor space and allow guests to go indoors to fill their plates. You can also have food served by a wait-staff so it is only outside while the guests are actually dining. If food must sit outside, choose items that will not spoil in warmer temperatures and cover the items so they are not exposed to insects.