Thursday, June 14, 2012

{5+02 Thursday Tips} Outdoor Wedding Edition

Photo by Studio E Photography via StudioELousiville

Outdoor wedding venues are ideal for intimate weddings with a relatively small number of guests during the warmer months of the year. and Yes, outdoor weddings are dreamy! From lush forests to botanical gardens, there is something so romantic and beautiful about letting the beauty of the outdoors be the backdrop for your special day. 
 Paper Lanterns from Luna Bazaar

There is no better time to have an outdoor wedding than during either spring or summer when the beauty of nature comes alive again. But outdoor weddings are not easy to pull off—they can be a downright logistical nightmare!  But if you have your heart set on a gorgeous Kentucky outdoor celebration, here are some tips to help you battle the many seen and unforeseen outdoor elements.

1. Plan B
When planning an outdoor wedding in Kentucky, you MUST have a backup plan. If you haven’t already booked your site—whether all-outdoors or all-indoors—look for a beautiful reception site that offers both outdoor and indoor locations just in case. Guests can decide if they want to be in the outdoors, or comfortable indoors. Many couples opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. 
A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms.  A heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes.  Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so it won’t flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.

Photo by Deanna Kaye Photography

2. Time and Temperature
Pick a date and time where the temperature does not leave your guests melting in the sun or freezing their bums off.  Wedding experts say that the ideal temperature range for an outdoor wedding is 65-85°F.  In Louisville, the fall months of September and October and the spring months of April and May offer the most ideal temperatures for an outdoor wedding. On average, the warmest month is July, so I suggest not to have an outdoor wedding on this month.

Photo by Billy Grubbs Photography

3. Too Hot to Handle
Even with choosing an ideal time to have your outdoor wedding you have to be prepared for unseasonable weather changes.  If a heat wave swoops in and threatens to ruin your outdoor wedding dreams, be prepared with the following tips:
  • Have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated.
  • Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves.
  • Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well.
  • For a very warm location, look into renting high-quality, portable, and relatively silent electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the sun’s rays.
  • If your site will set out metal chairs for the ceremony or outdoor seating, be aware that metal can heat up in the sun. Either arrange for chair cushions or invest in fabric slip covers for chairs that will be placed in peak sunlight. - Shop all Styles

4. Too Cold to Hold.
In that same way, if you a cold front cools down your red hot plans be prepared with wraps to keep your bridal party and guests warm.  In addition, consider renting heat lamps so that your guests and dine and dance in comfort.

Photo by Todd Pellowe

5. Don't go with the wind.
Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions.  Avoid windy wedding day disasters by incorporating these tips:
  • Tell your hairstylist that you’ll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan a style fit for your outdoor Louisville wedding.
  • If you’re wearing a veil, make sure that it is securely placed in your hair. You do not want your veil to fly off in the middle of the ceremony and have someone start running to catch it.
  • If using tablecloths on your reception tables, be sure to add tiny weights to them to prevent them from blowing away in the breeze.

6. Keep the bugs and insects away.
Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won’t spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.

'That must BEE a very good cake!'
Photo by Todd Pellowe

7. Give your guests a head's up.
Last, but not least, please be sure to tell your wedding guests that they will be attending an outdoor wedding.  Many guests will want to coordinate their attire accordingly.

Photo by Todd Pellowe

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