Outdoor Wedding Do's and Don'ts
DO have a back-up plan.
Let’s face it… WEATHER HAPPENS! I myself had planned for an outdoor beach wedding. A day before the wedding we ended up moving the entire ceremony up a day to avoid a monsoon of a storm. I am thankful that we did this to preserve my beach wedding, but in hindsight we could have done some things to make it a bit easier on ourselves.
DO double check the RULES
I reserved the appropriate quantity of clear glass china, place settings, and bar ware for our outdoor wedding reception. BUT, when we arrived at the venue, we were informed that NO GLASS was allowed in the patio area because of the liability and safety concerns of broken glass. What was I to do…. Run out and purchase a bunch of Dixie cups and paper plates??? Do you see my point. Double, Triple check with the venue to make sure there are no special restrictions. If no glass is allowed, consider attractive hard plastic plates and glasses. If you haven’t thought about it until the day of the event, you might just be stuck with those paper plates!
· Is glass dinner ware allowed?
· Can we have open-flame (candles, fire pit, tiki torches, etc…)
· Will there be electrical outlets accessible to the venue (if required)
· ASSUME NOTHING!
DO be flexible!
DON’T expect perfect hair.
It really doesn't matter what type of hair you have, nature’s elements will inevitably have some affect on your gorgeous locks. Please keep this in mind when selecting your bridal hair style. Consider that it might be windy, rainy, or humid… or all of the above. In my opinion, an up-do with lots of hair-spray is the best way to combat the elements and maintain your look throughout the ceremony. Of course I didn't take my own advice, I thought that long flowing beach-curls would be dreamy. Sure, they were dreamy until I stepped outside and the curls fell flat to my head. Thank heavens for the veil and the wind!
DO Be considerate of your guests
Sound has the tendency to dissipate very quickly outdoors. In other words, your guests may not be able to hear a word of your wedding ceremony or vows. Consider having some sort of microphone or other amplification device so that you can share your joy with the entire audience. This is also very important if you are having someone film your wedding ceremony. They will probably want to mic. the minister or person officiating the ceremony in order to capture all of the details.
And finally, to reiterate the most important of these listed... BE FLEXIBLE!
Former bride, current wife, future mother sharing some of life's wisdom.