Thursday, July 30, 2009

Outdoor Wedding Tips

My previous blog post was about decorating outdoor weddings. Now (assuming) that the ceremony venue is all decorated and pretty, I would like to provide some tips on outdoor weddings itself. While there are many aspects to planning a wedding, there are also many considerations when planning an outdoor wedding. Here are some of my tips.
  1. Have signs that direct your guests to your ceremony site. You don’t want your guests to break a sweat (walking around or stressing out driving) to find your ceremony site!

  2. If there is a “hike” to the ceremony site, tell your guests that. This information can be relayed to guests on the invitation “A short 10 minute walk is required to get to the ceremony site” or by word of mouth. Whichever way you chose, communicate this to your guests, they will thank you for it (and wear appropriate footwear!)

  3. Check the weather and be prepared. If there is a 30% chance of showers, have extra umbrellas for your guests. If it is going to be 30 degrees outside, have some bottled water and/or fans for your guests. The more comfortable your guests are, the more they are going to enjoy your ceremony.

  4. Seated ceremony. It does not matter how many guests you are having at your ceremony. It is necessary to have chairs for your guest to sit on if your ceremony is going to be longer than 30 minutes. Standing any longer than 30 minutes is just plain uncomfortable.

  5. Let guests know what to expect next. After the ceremony, have your friend/family member/MC tell all your guests what is next on the agenda. Guests like to know if they are to leave for the reception, stay behind for pictures, or help move chairs (hopefully, not!)

Here are some inspiration pictures from fellow WPIC wedding planner, Terra Law with Inspired Occasions. Terra definitely thinks about all the details to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful time. If you are in need of a fabulous wedding planner, contact Terra!

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