Plan B: Tips for Your Outdoor Ceremony
Take basic but necessary precautions and weather won't be a factor on your wedding day
By Michelle Bolyn
You must have a plan B if you have an outdoor venue for your ceremony or reception. You want to make sure that your guests remain comfortable no matter the weather, and you don't want to -- or may not be able -- to postpone due to rain or other inclement conditions. Pay attention to your location and the time of year when making preparations.
Ask your vendor if there is an indoor location you can switch to in case of rain or rent a tent if needed.
It's no secret that temperatures can suddenly drop in the fall and spring. If you're having an outdoor ceremony during one of these seasons, place a basket of wraps that match your wedding colors at the site, and serve your guests hot chocolate, tea and coffee. You may also want to ask guests to dress appropriately.
If you're getting married during the day in a location not sheltered from the sun, provide your guests with sunscreen, and consider renting a tent. Otherwise arrange chairs strategically to use available shade as much as possible, and make sure your ceremony doesn't take place directly in front of the sun blinding attendees.
You don't want your guests to be extremely uncomfortable, so give them fans as their wedding favors, and serve cold beverages as soon as they arrive. Consider hiring a tent, or once again use shade strategically.
Select sturdy seating, and anchor your programs and centerpieces with something heavy, so they won't blow away. Don't sue candles outdoors or without due protection such as substantial votive holders. You may want to consider getting a microphone for the officiant if wind is a factor. Otherwise no one may be able to hear the ceremony.
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Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.
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