Having an outdoor wedding is growing in popularity each year and for good reason! It can be very cost efficient compared to an indoor venue. Sharing your special day in the great outdoors allows for endless DIY inspired creativity. When choosing to host your wedding outdoors, there are lots of factors to consider and some of which may not make as much sense until you get closer to the day. Here, we’ll cover some tips to make your outdoor wedding a success, rain or shine!
Embrace the Natural Elements
While planning, you will find that the cost of flowers and greenery will put a dent in your wedding budget. One of the benefits of having an outdoor wedding is incorporating the natural foliage which already exists at your location. Indoor settings sometimes require more details such as flowers and decor to enhance the negative space and sparseness. Opting for an outdoor setting gives you an opportunity to include the already natural greenery. Plus, if there are rose bushes, that’s an added bonus! Give your wedding that trendy, natural feel already included in the price of your venue, and you may have extra spending money to splurge on that bikini for your honeymoon!
Many venues have certain policies which may affect the smallest of details in your planning. If you are planning on having confetti tossed during the ceremony exit, make sure it’s biodegradable and that your venue allows for it. Check noise curfews, overnight parking, and open flame policies before planning. These details may seem too small, but many rules are in place for a reason. Check first, you’ll be glad you did!
There was a time when everyone had to have the perfect June wedding, but now, we see outdoor weddings all year round! While there’s no real way to predict the weather accurately that far in advance. Best to keep an eye on weather patterns from the year before, or know which month gets the most rain or which will be the hottest. Generally, April through October is considered the best time frame, especially the months of July and October. The weather conditions also depend on the region where you are living or want to hold your wedding.
Dress for the Environment
Having an outdoor wedding can have an effect not only on the dress you choose but what your wedding party and guests will wear. Be mindful of the weight of your dress. If you plan on tying the knot during a hotter season, a heavy dress can cause you to sweat and may be hard to navigate in while walking on grass, sand, or gravel. Consider switching into a reception dress if you just have to have that heavy princess ball gown. This applies to the bridal party as well. Keep your girls cool and comfortable, or warm, depending on the time of year.
Depending on where you’re saying ‘I do’ or dancing the night away, choosing the right shoes can be quite a challenge not only for the bride but for the bridal party especially if it’s outdoors. Many brides opt for safer options such as flats or wedges, but let’s be honest, you know you’ve had those four-inch Badgley Mischka pumps pinned since the day you got engaged. Don’t limit your shoe decision just because you’re outdoors! While you may not be able to run a marathon, there are ways to keep those wedding shoes clean and protected during the festivities.
First, protect your shoes by applying a waterproof spray, and research which is best for your specific pair. Not all sprays are fit for every shoe. Next, it’s time to keep your heels in good health by applying a heel protector to shield from mud, dirt and other soils. A terrific option is our KiiX heel protector. KiiX creates a crystal-clear barrier between your heels and damages caused by wedding related activity. They are simple to apply and remove and leave no marks or sticky residue. Don’t forget the bridal party, they need some heel love, too. If you’re really worried about your foot comfort throughout the night, find or pack? a pair of flat shoes to switch into later. But hey, don’t forget to put those Badgley’s back on for the sparkler exit photos, you know you want to.
Have a Fallback Plan
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. For some, that may hold true but generally speaking, no one wants their wedding day ruined by rain. it’s always a good idea to have a rain fallback plan in place.
- Talk to the venue
- When you’re planning with the venue, discuss options for weather-related mishaps. Some venues offer additional settings and locations for your ceremony and reception. There may be a cost to altering plans closer to the wedding day, but it may be worth the investment to protect the wedding you’ve spent so long planning!
- Consider Renting or Buying Tents
- If your venue doesn’t offer an alternative location due to weather conditions, consider renting or buying a tent. One important detail to keep in mind is wind and rain. This is a wicked combination and a tent may not keep everyone dry and comfortable. Most tent or rental companies offer tents with sidewalls. The walls will keep the wind out, and will keep everyone a little warmer too!
- Buy Extra Umbrellas
- Having extra umbrellas placed around the venue will keep guests dry when they are needing to step outside. You can find cute and coordinated ones and even use them as props for photos!
You can’t control the weather, whatever will happen, is going to happen! Stay positive and focus on the meaning of why all of your friends and loved ones are coming together – to celebrate you and the one you love. At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters anyway, right?
Wedding planning is bittersweet. It’s as equally stressful as it is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. It truly changes your outlook on life and in the process, you learn so much about yourself and what you’re capable of. Let the champagne pour, the bouquet toss and those wedding heels dance the night away. Here’s to you, and your unforgettable outdoor wedding! You’ve got this.