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Outdoor weddings have never been more popular, but we encourage you to consider all of the components of an outdoor wedding to ensure that it’s a picture perfect day!
Here are some helpful tips:
Make Sure Your Guests Stay Cool: Nobody likes going to a wedding and sweating like crazy because of the heat. Be sure to have some sort of cooling device, like large, quiet fans or air conditioners. Also provide individual fans for your guests when handing them their programs, and consider providing small water bottles or a frozen non-alcoholic beverage to keep them refreshed and happy.
Shield from the Sun: Consider providing sunscreen and sunglasses for your guests, as people always forget to bring these items. They can even double as wedding favors.
Choose your Location Wisely: A beach may be beautiful but it may also be very windy, and crashing waves may be hard to hear over. Be sure to plan accordingly based on your location. If you’re at any public place where there is residual noise, look into renting clip-on microphones for the officiant and bride and groom so that everyone can hear the ceremony.
Provide Chair Cushions/Covers: If the sun is out, chairs (especially metal ones) can heat up in a hurry. So don’t forget to bring chair cushions or chair covers for your guests so they don’t burn themselves when sitting down. This can also be a great opportunity to decorate!
Have Summery Food: During your cocktail hour, don’t serve anything too heavy; instead try serving fruit skewers, shrimp cocktail, crisp veggies and other light appetizers, instead of cheese or other dairy-based products that would melt in the heat.
Be Mindful of Fabrics: Whether it’s your wedding gown, the bridesmaid dresses, the men’s tuxes or any other decorative fabrics, look into lighter material that breathes and won’t make you and your wedding party sweat excessively. Examples include: cotton organdy, chiffon, crepe or voile over silk.