Outdoor wedding ceremonies are a beautiful and unforgettable way to say “I Do.” However, having recently been married in a beautiful park, I have learned that planning for an outdoor wedding ceremony can be much more difficult than a traditional church ceremony. Don’t let mother nature keep you from having your dream ceremony, it can be done if you follow a few simple dos and don’ts for an outdoor ceremony.
#5- Make Sure Your Seating is Beautiful
When you have an outdoor ceremony the seating plays a big visual impact on the look of your wedding. Seating is usually the first thing your guests will notice when they arrive at your ceremony location. Go ahead and splurge on more expensive chairs if the budget allows. If your budget is small consider getting married in a park or other venue that has attractive seating available.
#4- Provide Your Guests with the Essentials
Mother nature can be a trickster when you are planning your ceremony. If its going to be hot make sure to provide your guests with water and sunscreen. If it is going to be chilly consider having a basket of wraps or shawls available for the ladies. Bugs can also be a problem so providing bugspray can be a great idea.
#3- Make Sure Your Guests Can Hear Your Vows
Saying your vows outside can be romantic, however your guests may not hear you if you don’t plan properly. If you are expecting more than 10-20 guests make sure you have arranged for a speaker system so your guests can hear your vows. There is nothing worse than sitting through a ceremony that you can’t hear.
#2- Don’t Use Fragile Flowers
Flowers are an essential part of any wedding, including outdoor weddings. But, some flowers can not stand up to the heat and will wilt if you use them outdoors. Be sure to ask your florist what flowers will endure a hot day or consider other non-floral options when decorating. Non traditional decorations can be just the ticket, I made all my flowers out of paper and they looked great!
#1- Have a Rain Plan!
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, I have never agreed with that philosophy. The main stress I had when planning my outdoor wedding ceremony was worrying about if it would rain or not. This caused me to come up with a rain plan well in advance. Check with your reception location to see if they are willing to let you marry indoors in the case of inclement weather or consider having a tent brought in just in case.
I also made sure to have my rain plan stated on an invitation insert, so my guests would not be surprised if the weather took a turn for the worse. I also had my guests write down their cell phone numbers in case of rain so I could easily contact them. Even though it didn’t rain it gave me great peace of mind to know it would be okay if it did.