Nothing beats marrying the one you love directly underneath clear blue skies, natural decor, and a romantic breeze. This is what most people envision when they envision their outdoor ceremony and reception. In reality, although it’s very possible to have the perfect scenario happen at your wedding, a variety of other things can happen too. Here’s what you should consider before finalizing your outdoor wedding.  


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1. Location, Location, Location!

The first thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding is the venue. Will you be getting married on a beach? A winery? How about your backyard? No matter where you choose to hold your wedding, be sure to secure the location far in advance. It’s not uncommon for wedding venues to be booked years in advance. So the earlier you decide on a wedding venue, the easier it will be to plan your outdoor wedding. 


2. Budget

Just like an indoor wedding, it’s important that you create a wedding budget and stick to it. Just because an outdoor area like a beach, campsite, or park is open to the public doesn’t mean it’s free for use as a wedding venue. So be sure to research the costs and fees associated with every part of your wedding. It’s also a good idea to set aside some extra money that wasn’t factored into your wedding budget, just in case something goes wrong.


3. How to Keep Guests Dry

The last thing you want on your wedding day is for it to rain. But even if that happens, the show must go on. Decide how you will keep you and your guests dry if it rains. That can mean anything from keeping a stash of umbrellas close by to renting a large tent to cover guests throughout the ceremony and reception. 


4. Bug and Windproof Venue

Because you’re having an outdoor wedding, you need to consider how you will bug and windproof your venue. You can try incorporating natural pesticides like rosemary lavender, mint, and thyme, have the site sprayed 48 hours beforehand, utilize tiki torches, or something completely different. To wind-proof your venue, avoid lightweight vases or centerpieces. Additionally, avoid renting lightweight furniture. 


5. Keep Lighting in Mind

Lighting is an integral part of outdoor wedding planning. Because you don’t have the luxury of multiple electrical outlets at your venue, you need to consider how you will light your venue. You can run extension cords out of the main building to power some electrical components of your wedding, or you can use things like torches, candles, or battery-powered string lights.


Consider Using an Event Coordinator

Using an event coordinator, like Elite Tents and Events, makes planning an outdoor wedding easier. We take the stress out of coordinating your wedding so you can go back to enjoying the process. With experienced, trained staff and high-quality wedding rentals, we make outdoor wedding planning a breeze. 


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