There’s no denying it, there is something so magical about an outdoor wedding—the fresh air, the perfect backdrop of earth and sky, and twinkling stars that rival your sparkler sendoff. An Outdoor Wedding can create a special atmosphere with the help of an ocean breeze or even the simplicity of your own backyard.
Choosing the right location, vendors and a wedding planner who shares your vision for your big day can make all the difference.
As you start planning your outdoor wedding, here are three things to consider that help make your day as enjoyable as possible:
Hire a Wedding Planner
Planning a wedding requires training, in-depth industry knowledge, and exceptional dedication to ensure everything runs smoothly. A wedding planner handles a multitude of tasks, both in the months leading up to the event and on the big day as well.
When planning an outdoor wedding, you will generally need to rent many different elements of the day separately, from decorating and lighting to catering and restrooms.
A planner will contact and book reliable vendors and will coordinate the set-up and breakdown of each element at the right time, as well as manage your budget and handle payments.
Summer is the best season for having an outdoor wedding however you’ll need to have a backup plan in case it rains.
An outdoor wedding in winter or autumn is wonderful, all you need is a few extra details to keep your guests comfortable. Ask your wedding venue if they are able to host your wedding outdoors in the season of your choice.
Be sure to select an outdoor venue that can also easily accommodate an indoor ceremony and reception if need be due to rain or other inclement weather. Discuss this with your venue when you book and ask to walk through the indoor venue to make sure you can also picture your big day there.
One of the best things about open-air spaces for weddings is that they require fewer decorative details. Whether it’s a backyard, a beach, a mountain, a meadow, or elsewhere, let the natural beauty of your surroundings shine and keep the decorations simple. Flowers and lighting are two elements that really make any outdoor space pop.
Even though you may not need to beautify a reception room, you may still want to add a few personal touches; stick to your desired aesthetic but be mindful of how these decorations will handle the outside weather.
When you’re getting married outside, you get the great advantage of working with nature. This is especially convenient when it comes to accessories and decor. Beautiful trees, for example, can play a lovely part as a backdrop or as an interactive prop.
You’ll also want to reflect on how natural or night lighting will work with your wedding photos. Determine where the lighting is before deciding where you and your partner should stand during the ceremony. An outdoor wedding is a photographer’s dream – with natural light helping to create the most spectacular photos.
You’ll also need to light your guests’ way to the car park and toilets. The fairytale lights seem attractive strung across the trees and can be used to highlight paths and aisles.
Outdoor weddings are absolutely possible and glamorous, regardless of the city, state, or national park you choose! Whether you’re in sunny California or mountainous Colorado, an outdoor wedding is stunning over the four seasons. Either way, choose a location that suits your personality while also keeping your guests in mind.
Once again, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! What an exciting time it is! Wedding celebrations are always a gorgeous, elevated affair, but can come with their own unique challenges. If you keep these tips in mind, planning an outdoor wedding is sure to be a breeze.
About the Author
Sese Cadmus, owner of Elevated Style Events, has been in the event planning industry for the past five years. Elevated Style Events is a full-service event planning agency that caters to both local and out-of-town clients. Sese is proud to call Minnesota home. She loves having the opportunity to make clients’ dreams come true with each and every event and the challenge of balancing all that is involved with event planning. Outside of Elevated Style Events, Sese volunteers her time by giving back to her community through her work at a local food shelf in Minnesota.