If you have decided to have your wedding ceremony outdoors, the best wedding planning tip you can be given is to consider the comfort of your guests. There are several different factors which can affect your guests’ comfort and enjoyment of the ceremony. The obvious factor is the weather.
Consider what kind of weather will be likely during the month and time of day you plan your outside wedding ceremony. Is your ceremony taking place in a desert locale where it will be unbearably sunny and hot? You may want to consider having some sort of misting system available to cool things off. Think about having the ushers hand out cold bottles of drinking water as your guests arrive. Depending upon the size and scope of your ceremony and guest list, it may be desirable to rent a large canopy and several large, electric fans.
Is it likely the weather will be cold and damp? Inform you guests, well in advance, they may need to bring warm clothing and they should layer their clothing. You can include a small insert inside the wedding invitation. Consider renting a large tent and portable heaters.
What will you do if it rains? An additional wedding planning tip you should remember: many venues for outdoor weddings will have a backup plan in case of rain. When deciding on the “perfect location” for your outdoor wedding ceremony the availability of a backup plan is extremely important. Your ideal outdoor location will have an indoor facility available if the weather suddenly becomes inclement.
Will your guests be able to hear the ceremony? This is your “special day” and it is very important that your guests can comfortably hear your entire ceremony. Ask your wedding planner or venue officials about available options for a public address sound system. Your DJ may be able to assist with microphones and a sound system.
Is there a chance that it could become windy during your ceremony? Will your tent stand up to heavy, gusting winds? Consider using heavier materials in your bridal dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Inform your hairstylist and whoever is doing your makeup that you will be having an outdoor wedding ceremony.
There are so many factors and variables to consider when planning your outdoor wedding ceremony and choosing “just the right” outdoor venue. The best wedding planning tip you should remember is to seek further information and advice.