July 24, 2019
We know you don’t need us to tell you that planning a wedding is a quite a time consuming mission – your “to do list” may start to look more like a “to-do million-page paper.” With that in mind, we want to try to provide all our brides & grooms to-be with as many tips & tricks for planning as possible. Today’s task: outdoor wedding planning!
There are lots of different options for the outdoor portion of your wedding. Whether it’s a ceremony on the beach, cocktail hour in the garden, or a reception under the stars (or all of the above, yes please), allow us to aid you in making decisions that will not only have all your guests totally wowed, but also have you stress-free throughout the day. For all of our do’s & don’t’s, keep on reading.
You’ve heard the saying: “hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” That is the mindset you should have when planning an outdoor wedding. Are all of your décor elements wind-proof? Did you account for what would happen should it start torrential down pouring? For my curly haired brothers & sisters out there – did you prepare for the inevitable frizz/craziness? These are all things to keep in mind when making wedding plans. Keep plenty of tent stakes, ponchos (so stylish!), & hair products readily available, but ask your wedding vendor pros about how to devise any backup plans.
Most people may hate the sound of their voice, yes, but your guests want to hear you! Project your voice, or – if you didn’t grow up as a theater kid – mic yourselves up. Chances are your videographers will mic you so your wedding video audio will be crystal clear, but being in a big open space means your guests will have a harder time hearing you, and no one wants that. How else is everyone supposed to happy-cry at your vows?
I know what you’re thinking: “Melissa, it was challenging & time consuming enough to find my wedding dress/suit, and now you want me to get ANOTHER outfit?” The answer is: yes, if you’re into it. If you’re tying the knot during the spring or summer, consider a warm weather-friendly & dance permitting change of ~costume. You’ll be surprised how hot it will get, and I’m sure the last thing you want is to be lugging around a ball gown skirt or heavy jacket. It’s your day – dress however you’ll be most comfortable!
If you’ve seen John Mulaney’s “New In Town”, you know this quote: “I always thought quicksand was gonna be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be.” Well, I’m here to tell you about the modern equivalent of quicksand you’re going to have to prepare for: heels on grass. To avoid sinking completely into the earth’s core, bring your best pair of flats with you. Not only will you stay above ground, your feet will be thanking you by the end of the night.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough string lights. I wish my house & backyard always looked like the living room in season 1 of Stranger Things. If it is within your budget & if it’s realistic (power source wise), I encourage you to go absolutely buck wild with lighting. It makes for beautiful ambiance and a great setting for portraits. Also, consider this: fireworks & sparklers. Yes & yes.
Regardless of what your outdoor setting is, be aware that your décor should enhance the natural beauty of where you are. If you’re choosing an overgrown, lush garden, you can worry less about floral arrangements. If you’re opting for a vineyard or farm, rustic table settings are your bff. Steer into the skid! Of course in this case, the skid is a beautiful outdoor venue. Next & final tip!
Even with all of these things in mind, you should be prepared with a backup plan that you love just as much as your Plan A. Unexpected rain? Pfft, no problem, you can set up inside. Lots of wind? Marilyn Monroe is your posing inspo anyway. Go with the flow, be prepared for what-ifs, & most importantly make sure you thoroughly enjoy every moment of your day.
Keeping all of this + more in mind, this should be your takeaway: don’t let potential setbacks keep you from planning your dream wedding. Be practical, but don’t shy away from what you want. This is your day! Mother Nature answers to YOU! Okay maybe not, but maybe she’ll take it easy on you if you ask really nicely or recycle or something.
Good luck & happy planning!