Summer is the wedding season of choice for many brides and grooms. In fact, more weddings take place during the summer months than in any other season, and many of these weddings are held outdoors. And while it’s true that outdoor weddings can be gorgeous and romance-filled affairs, they also need a special eye to detail throughout the planning process. If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding, the following tips will come in handy:
1. Location: Before making a final choice on your wedding location, you’ll want to determine several key facts. Be sure to ask the event coordinator/manager about the following:
• Insects: Summers are known for ants, mosquitoes, and other types of flying and crawling insects. The last thing you want at your outdoor ceremony and/or reception is a host of creepy-crawly uninvited guests. If there is an insect issue, determine if your event location provides insect repellent wipes or other pest control measures.
• Lighting: Is there appropriate lighting for an evening ceremony and/or reception? If not, will the venue supply the lighting or will that be up to you? Subdued lighting is romantic, but too many dark areas might make your guests uncomfortable.
• Weather: Obviously, a huge consideration for any outdoor event is if the weather will cooperate. Heat and/or rain can ruin your day if you don’t plan accordingly. Does the venue offer indoor space that can be used in a weather emergency? If not, will they supply tents and/or overhead canopies for your guests?
A good rule of thumb is to walk-through your chosen location about a year before your wedding date, when climate and other elements will likely be similar to that on your wedding day. And then, you’ll want to do another walk-through a few weeks to a month before your date.
2. Food: When selecting the menu for your outdoor reception, keep in mind that heavy, hearty food is probably not your best choice. Food such as fruit, vegetables, chilled soups, light pasta salads, chicken, and seafood will be appreciated on a hot, summer day.
3. Favours: Favours for a summer wedding aren’t necessarily any different than they are for any other season; however, consider summery ideas, such as sunglasses, flip flops, scented candles, paper fans, potted plants, etc., to keep with the summer vibe.
Summer wedding ceremonies and/or receptions set in the great outdoors can be beautiful and romantic. By thinking ahead and planning accordingly, you’ll be able to ensure that your day isn’t ruined by forces out of your control.
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