Couples need to prepare for rain, bugs, heat, and wind when choosing an outdoor, summer wedding. Planning is key to having a lovely, outdoor wedding.
Outdoor weddings lend themselves to beautiful backdrops and gorgeous surroundings, but they also come with their share of problems.
Before Booking a Ceremony Location
Ask the event coordinator of the site about wind and noise issues. If the area gets windy and there isn’t an indoor option in case of heavy winds, you might want to reconsider. A bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day. She shouldn’t have to hold her dress in place and have to redo her hair after the ceremony due to the wind.
Is there a nearby airport? Will there be planes flying over the ceremony, making it impossible for the guests to hear the officiant? Is there a freeway near the location? Couples should walk around the location, noting where they would stand during the ceremony and where the reception would take place.
Heat Can Ruin a Summer Wedding
If a couple plans to get married in a hot location, they need to be aware of the issues that heat can cause, including running makeup, sweaty grooms, drooping flowers, melted desserts, and more. To avoid some of these disasters, get married in the evening hours. Couples can get married between five and six and still have sunlight without the sun directly beating on them and their guests. Choose flowers that are less likely to wilt due to heat, such as roses, celosias, hydrangeas, and lisianthus for centerpieces and bouquets.
Consider renting a tent to keep your guests out of the sunlight and for a backup in case of rain. Couples planning outdoor weddings must have a rain plan, so a tent serves double duty if the wedding location doesn’t have an indoor option. Keep guests comfortable by offering them beverages such as ice water and lemonade when they arrive at the ceremony and hand out parasols or fans.
Do a Walk-Through of the Ceremony and Reception Site
Preferably, couples should walk through their ceremony and reception sites one year before their own wedding to get a feel for the temperature and the way it looks at that time of year. Couples should also walk through the locations a week or two before the wedding and ask their wedding planners to come along. Look for anything that might cause problems on the big day, such as mosquitoes or a hornet’s nest.
If a couple notices that mosquitoes are going to be a problem, they should provide their guests with insect repellent wipes which come in individual packets. Don’t give guests spray bottles of insect repellent because it could wind up on their nice clothes and become a big mess.
The food at a Summer Wedding Reception
Be careful when picking food for the wedding reception, especially if it’s outdoors. If it’s hot outside, the guests probably won’t enjoy plates of heavy, greasy food. Stick with refreshing foods such as vegetables and dip, fruit, chilled soup, and seafood. Instead of having a sit-down dinner, have the staff pass around platters of bite-sized food and have food stations so guests can eat as they please.
The outdoors can be a bride and groom’s enemy on their wedding day if they don’t prepare. Couples can ensure a smooth, lovely summer wedding by skipping locations that are exposed to a lot of wind and noise, making a rain plan, preparing for the heat, walking through the ceremony and reception locations ahead of time, and serving refreshing, light food options.