Outdoor weddings or garden weddings are beautiful types of weddings that uses nature as a backdrop for a romantic ceremony. Although it is a great wedding idea, it is hard to pull off. Why? Because you have to think of the weather, the view, the surroundings, and other elements that could be the cause of distractions for your ceremony.
To have a great outdoor wedding, you first have to take into consideration the date of your wedding. Will it be in the summer, spring, or fall? Of course if you are going to have your wedding outside, you wouldn’t want your guests to suffer from heat stroke or be soaked in the rain right? The best season for an outdoor wedding would be spring. There will be less chances of rain and the weather wouldn’t be too hot. Now, even though you scheduled your wedding during the spring, it doesn’t mean that the weather will be very consistent. That means the weather may also have changes. The day may be sunny and fine on the day before the wedding but could be disastrous on the day of the wedding itself so you should have a back up area where there is shelter in case it would rain during the wedding ceremony.
If it is too sunny you may opt to have an open tent, one that has roofing but no sides. That way the beauty of the garden may still be enjoyed. Or it may be a great idea to provide fans for your guests. Also make sure that water is accessible for your guests on a sunny day. Wind is another foe during weddings. Better skip lighting the unity candle if you are going to have your wedding outside cause it would definitely be out in just a minute.
Aside from the weather, another concern for outdoor weddings is bugs and flying insects. If you are going to hold your wedding in a garden, better have the surrounding sprayed with insecticide the night before the wedding. You may also have bug zappers or electric insect repellants around the area to eliminate those unwanted insects.
Outdoor weddings would also make you think about floor plan of the wedding. To set up your outdoor wedding first you have to make an altar where the officiating minister would stand and wed the couple. It could be just a simple table with white cloth that could be adorned with flowers at the foot or on the corners. Then the chairs for the guests could be lined up facing the front in a horizontal row by row manner. You can line the chairs up in groups of tens. Then have a carpet for aisle where the entourage will be walking. At the end of the aisle you can place your wedding arch. The back of the chairs could be decorated with ribbons or flowers as well.
Another thing to consider in planning an outdoor wedding would be the sound system. Amplifiers are needed because the guests might not hear the officiating minister talk of the couple’s responses or the music.
Last but not least, make sure that there are comfort rooms and dressing rooms nearby in case the bride needs a touch up or the guests needs to go. If you are able to take all of these into consideration then you can be having yourself a great outdoor wedding.