Beautiful scenery, moderate temperatures, and perfect light to air ratio make spring/summer's the best time for an outdoor wedding. Thus, it should not come off as a big surprise that a lot of couples take advantage of blooming flowers, bright colours and airy weather by hosting their big ceremonies in parks or botanical gardens.
While outdoor weddings are very romantic, they have their fair share of unpredictable factors which need to be accounted for before deciding to go ahead with this option. So keeping that in mind, Let's Celebrate Events has compiled a list of to-do's, which will appease your worries for the Big Day.
Many public parks and gardens allow wedding ceremonies on the premises, but that does not mean all of them are inclined to allow you on serving amenities like lunch, etc. First and foremost, make sure that the venue you are selecting has parking, restrooms, and electricity for the guests.
As per some reports, permits are often required to organize an event in public places, which also means that organizers and attendees have to follow a proper code of conduct set by authorities at the venue. Make sure to establish contact with regulatory body or owners of the space beforehand to avoid any inconvenience.
With an orthodox aka an outdoor wedding, one has to plan two events. One for the good weather and the other for the bad.
Be it a plan for the ceremony or the whole wedding alfresco; it is important to have an alternative. You can get away with garden vows in a drizzle, but what about rain? If your venue doesn't have an indoor option, or you are against the concept itself, then the best possible alternative is to book a tent with ready-sides in the case of wind, rain or cool temperatures. Since we are talking tents, it is prudent to mention that to avoid a muddy mess, consider renting out a wooden floor and decorate the tent interior with string lights or paper lanterns.
Along with the precautions, you also need to prepare yourself and the venue for the expected temperature. If the weather forecast of your wedding day is hot, then it is imperative that the guests be provided with enough water to keep themselves hydrated. Make sure the venue has ample shade. On the contrary, if the forecast calls for cooler temperatures, fend away chill with heaters and blankets.
The harsh truth is that your wedding dress might get dirty at a garden/outdoor wedding. Minimize this damage by selecting a gown with a shorter hemline so that the fabric won't drag on the ground. Avoid wearing high heels, since their tip can easily get wedged in mud and can result in discomfort while walking. Coordinate with your hairdresser and makeup artist about the venue so they can apply appropriate makeup and tweaks.
Nobody wants to eat food that's been touched by bugs or spoiled by natural reactions, so it is important to note that temperature plays an enormous role in this factor. To keep the food safe, ask the caterers to replace it as often as necessary. Use ice to keep seafood and other delicacies fresh and hibernated.
Blooming trees, fresh flowers, and garden venues are in full bloom in the springtime so don't hesitate to use the scenery to your advantage by making it a focal point of your décor. Add in some contours, choose a background and save money off huge design assortments.
Loud winds, chirping birds, and natural sounds can drown out the artificial sound of the speakers, so it is important to perform a sound check under your supervision to see the full scale of sound arrangements. Make appropriate adjustments and rent out a sound system with microphones and speakers to amplify speaking and music.
It is important to make sure that the grass is cut at least one day before your wedding and properly sprayed with bug repellent. Mosquitoes and other bugs can sneak into your celebration, so make sure to keep some bug repellents at the venue. Last but not the least is the use of mesh over food and consumable items to make sure they stay clear of any annoying fly or bug.