When arranging your outdoor wedding, there are many aspects that are overlooked. Coordinating the logistics of an outdoor wedding can seem daunting, but don’t let that keep you from having the wedding of your dreams. Just keep this outdoor wedding guide in mind when you begin planning.
Timing is Key
As you’re thinking about where you want your ceremony to be and which photographer you want to hire, keep the sun in your thoughts. Make sure to ask during your interview process about when they feel is the best time during the day for lighting. Also, use science to your advantage by looking up where the sun will be positioned when you want your ceremony to take place.
Keep it Simple
Picture this: it’s a sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. You’ve had your hair and makeup done and are looking picture perfect. It’s time to walk down the aisle and as you get outside, you’re hit with a wall of heat and humidity. You’re trying to stay cool and prevent sweating your makeup off, but you’re already a hot mess. Help yourself out with an understated more natural look. Less makeup and simpler hairstyles are on trend this year, so use this to your advantage to prevent a meltdown.
The Beauty of Nature
Mother Nature is what draws most couples to have an outdoor wedding. With so much natural beauty available, there’s no need to over decorate and distract from it all. There are many sources of inspiration when trying to decide how you want to accent your ceremony or reception area. You could take the minimalist approach and let nature do its thing, or you can get crafty and bring inside features outdoors.
Most people think of outdoor weddings as being held during the spring, summer and fall… but what about winter? This beautiful season gets overlooked for outdoor weddings because of the bone-chilling temperatures. Don’t fret, you can make it work in your favor! Keep your guests comfortable with outdoor heaters and blankets followed by a cozy indoor reception. If you and your fiancé think a snow globe setting would make the most memorable wedding day, then start thinking about ways to create winter magic while staying warm.
Water is Your Friend
For spring and summer weddings, make sure you’re a gracious host by setting up multiple water stations around your reception area to keep everyone hydrated. These stations will subtly encourage your guests to keep drinking water and help prevent heat exhaustion or dehydration. Don’t forget to have some options for those who are picky and don’t like to drink ‘just water’. Think about flavored water choices or alternatives like lemonade, but just be sure you never run out of water.
However you choose to plan your outdoor wedding, let Bradford Catered Events help make your big day a memorable one. We offer a variety of catering options from customizable menus to interactive food stations. With over 35 years of experience, you can trust that you are in expert hands. To book us for your wedding or event, give us a call at (865) 522-5552 or visit our website.