May through August is the most popular time of the year to get married—with good reason, as the great outdoors is your canvas! Consider a beach, garden or yard as your event venue, and plan the ceremony at your favorite part of the day. A breathtaking sunset might be Mother Nature’s most beautiful wedding ceremony or wedding reception backdrop and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Now that you’ve embraced the many options of the great outdoors, consider the pitfalls that temperature extremes entail—and prepare to avoid them! With so much heat this summer, here are a few tips that can really make a difference:
- Avoid metal chairs at an outdoor event where the sun’s shining. No explanation necessary—ouch!
- For a daytime outdoor wedding, orient the ceremony so that that sun will be on guests’ backs rather than in their eyes.
- Plan for wind! If conditions are risky, avoid light fabrics like chiffon in the wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses. Make sure any tents are firmly stabilized.
- Hire a sound engineer and consider clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiate. Your guests want to hear every last vow, not the roaring of the ocean or wind.
- Avoid pesky bugs! For a summer evening wedding, put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that guests won’t spend the entire evening swatting.
- Comfortable accommodations for guests are even more vital in the cold winter months. Be sure to add chair covers, provide electric heaters and keep the ceremony itself short and punctual.
- Consider the high cost of air conditioning a tent, and instead check out large space fans or heaters instead.
- The Golden Rule of Outdoor Weddings: Have a backup plan. The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor venue location waiting just in case!
With smart planning, your outdoor event—no matter the season—is sure to be free of weather woes. Sunshine or snowfall can actually be a wedding’s best friend!