So you are planning to have an outdoor wedding. They sure can be beautiful, but whether it’s just the ceremony outdoors or all events including the reception, here are 5 things you need to take into consideration.
“Make Sure You Have a Rain Plan”
There is always a chance it could rain, especially in our hometown of Pittsburgh. When planning to be outdoors, you must make two solid logistic plans. One that will work if it is not raining and a second “Plan B” option that will be fully planned out ahead of time and acceptable to you if you should decide to enact it. The rain plan may involve options such as tented covering or the ability to move your outside set up to an indoor area. Make sure you have pre-designed floor plans for both options.
Even if your event starts during daylight, be sure to access whether any portion of the event will continue to be going on once it gets dark. Check the sundown time for the date of your event and know what time it will get dark. While they may not be turned on until later in the evening, be sure to have lighting in place for all areas for when it gets dark. Don’t forget lighting areas like pathways to parking and restrooms. Also be sure food and dessert displays are well lit so people can see them.
Outside, there will be bugs, guaranteed. Your guests may not think of this, but you don’t want them swarmed by bugs. We suggest having bug spray available for guests to use as needed. You can also strategically place citronella candles. Don’t forget that bugs will surround the food so if you have any food sitting out, try to keep it protected.
When deciding which outside area to use, if you are planning to be on grass, take into consideration how level the ground is. You will need to select a large enough area that is completely level to place items such as dance floors, tables and chairs. You can’t put these on sloped surfaces so if you aren’t sure whether the surface will be acceptable, have your rental company come out and look at it.
Even slight wind can blow table cloths off tables or knock over light items. Always plan for the possibility of wind. For linens, tie sashes around them on high cocktail tables, use clips to secure them or place a heavy enough centerpiece to keep them from blowing off the tables. For other items, be sure to have them weighted down in some way. And consider that it is very likely that if you place paper items like place cards on tables that they may blow over so plan for other options.