PLANNING | Organizing An Outdoor Wedding

There are many ways to plan a wedding, and a lot of things that you might want to try and do when it comes to your own wedding day in particular. One of the most important things to decide on is the theme and setting, and once you have these in place you will generally find that it is much easier to get everything else in place too. One possibility, and one which more and more people are turning to all the time, is to hold a wedding entirely outdoors. There are clearly some challenges to this, which we will look into in this article, but if you get it right then you might find that this is a great way to host your wedding, and the results can often be truly magical compared to a more traditional wedding. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the things you should consider when you are trying to organize an outdoor wedding.

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The Right Venue

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The venue that you choose for your wedding day was always going to be important, but in many respects it becomes even more important when you decide to host your wedding entirely outdoors. You need to make sure that it is going to be the kind of place which can actually hold such an event, and there are plenty of considerations to be made in order to be sure of that. The right venue will have plenty of outdoor space, and it will be attractive to look at from the outside. It could be that you want to go for something very natural like a wedding in the woods, or maybe you are keen to just use the exterior of a nice building. However, if you do it that way, you will need to make sure that you are going to choose somewhere that is going to be good for this purpose alone, and not somewhere that people will simply want to go indoors. That could ruin the whole effect.

You should be prepared to spend a long time finding the right venue, as it is one of the more difficult and more important parts of the whole day. Therefore, give yourself plenty of time on it and start early, with a list in front of you of what you would like to get out of a venue. Then you can start to check off places that seem to suit, and compare prices as you go. Given the central importance that the venue has in an outdoor wedding, you might even want to do this long before you send out save the date cards – and, of course, definitely only once you have booked should you do that anyway. Get the right venue, and you will be able to organize your outdoor wedding much more easily.

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Clearly, one of the major concern for any outdoor wedding is the weather. You need to know that you are going to be able to happily go through with the day, regardless of what the weather might be doing. As it happens, that is going to require that you pay attention to your options in terms of what you will need to do in different circumstances. If you live somewhere where you can be fairly sure of the weather, then this might be a somewhat smaller concern, but generally you will need to make sure that you are going to be prepared for all occasions. As long as you are, you will have greater confidence in the day itself, and much less worry.

One of the bigger worries with weather is going to be rain, and the last thing that anyone wants on their wedding day is rain – but especially if it is an outdoor wedding in its entirety. Should you get a lot of rain, you will need to make sure that you have options in place to keep people dry, especially yourself as the bride. This is a simple enough matter to make sure of, and it is one of the main reasons that any outdoor wedding should have plenty of tents and marquees set up across the venue. If you look at a Tent Rental place at the same time as planning your venue, you should be able to make sure of this easily enough.

Hopefully, you won’t get any rain anyway, and you will be able to enjoy your day in the sun or at least in the dry weather. This is something you can make more certain, of course, merely by ensuring that you are going to choose your time of year well. However, nothing is certain, so having those emergency procedures in place is still always going to be an essential thing to consider too.

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Get Comfortable

Because you are not going to have the luxury of indoor seating and so on, you need to find a way to make sure that the venue is going to be comfortable. This is important not just for you personally and your partner, but for all of your guests as well, some of whom might be old and infirm or very young children. You need to make sure that you are keeping your guests happy, and they certainly are going to appreciate it if you are providing a lot of comfort throughout the day. With marquees and chairs and tables, that is easy enough, but it is vital that you ensure you are putting all of this comfort stuff ahead of any aesthetics in particular. Comfort first, aesthetics later – that way, you are absolutely prioritizing in the way that you should.

Water & Washrooms
Another thing which doesn’t become less important just because you are outside is basic hygiene and health. You need to ensure that you are providing plenty of water throughout the day – as well as any other refreshments which may be on offer – and that there are decent toilet facilities, despite being outside. You will be grateful for that anyway, but so will your guests who have come to see you on your special day.

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