How to make the most of your outdoor wedding (and what to be prepared for)

 Photo by  Kati Rosado

Photo by Kati Rosado

1. Spray for bugs! You don’t want any uninvited pesky guests to crash your wedding. 

2. Always have a backup rain plan. If you don’t like the indoor spaces available, plan on renting a tent in the case of inclement weather. A deposit is required to hold the tent though the balance is only due if the tent is utilized. 

 Photo by  Jane Shauck

Photo by Jane Shauck

3. Work with the landscape, not against it. If your backdrop is rustic and on the water, maybe a clear tent with white carpeting is not the best fit. 

 Photo by  Leigh Miller

Photo by Leigh Miller

4. Make sure the ground is level. Nobody wants to sit in a chair that is leaning sideways during dinner. 

 Photo by  Kati Rosado

Photo by Kati Rosado

5. Are restrooms easily accessible? If not, plan on renting a bathroom trailer that is conveniently located right next to your reception tables. 

6. You never know what the weather has in store for us. Make sure your linens are securely held down and candles contained, as gusty winds can always make an appearance when you least expect it. 

 Photo by  Leigh Miller

Photo by Leigh Miller

7. Make sure your guests are comfortable. Provide plenty of bug spray, suntan lotion, and shade for your friends and family (or blankets if its cool out). 

8. The band, lighting, caterers etc. all require ample power. Make sure the venue has enough power to supply all of your vendors or plan on bringing in a generator for extra cushion. 

9. Getting married on grass? Not a bad idea to provide heel protectors for all the ladies. Their stilettos will thank you!

 Photo by  Jane Shauck

Photo by Jane Shauck

10. Planning a wedding in a large outdoor space? Make it easy for your guests to get to and from each event. You don’t want them to feel like animals being herded through a farm. 

 Photo by  Katie Rosado

Photo by Katie Rosado