Every bride who plans an outdoor wedding ceremony hopes for gloriously sunny weather. You can’t control the weather, but here are a few things you can take charge of which will make your outdoor wedding memorable for all the right reasons!
♥ Location, location, location A beach may be beautiful but it may also be very windy, and crashing waves may be hard to hear over. If you’re at any public place look into renting a portable speaker and clip-on microphones for the officiant and bride and groom so that everyone can hear the ceremony.
♥ Fabric faux pas Whether it’s your wedding gown, the bridesmaid dresses or the men’s suits, make sure they’re made from lighter material that breathes and won’t make you and your wedding party hot and sweaty.
♥ Sip, Slop, Snap There’s nothing worse than being a wedding guest who’s exhausted before the bride even makes her big entrance. Keep guests comfortable by serving cool non-alcoholic drinks they can sip on, make sunscreen and insect repellent available to slop on and snap open a fan or umbrella to protect guests from the heat. Have some fun – order personalised bottled water or make your own fans inline with your theme. Plus they make great photo props!
♥ Plan your Pictures Your photographer will be able to advise you on the best time of day to shoot your photos. I wish I had decided on a pre-wedding shoot – it would have saved nerves about timing and leaving our guests for too long.
♥ Provide Chair Cushions/Covers If the sun is out, chairs (especially metal ones) can heat up in a hurry. So don’t forget to bring chair cushions or chair covers for your guests so they don’t burn themselves when sitting down. This is a great chance to enhance your theme.
♥ Serve Summery Food If you’re having cocktail hour, don’t serve anything too heavy; instead try fruit skewers, shrimp cocktail or crisp veggies instead of cheese or other dairy-based products that would melt in the heat.