There’s always a possibility of rain. This one, as a bride, can be difficult to remember. I have seen so many brides book with an outdoor venue, prepare for rain, and when it happens – they allow their whole day to be “ruined.” Hold it right there! No wedding day can ever be ruined. Get some pretty white, or clear, umbrellas to have on hand for photos. You should always trust in your “plan b”, it will still be perfect. Besides, it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day! If you can get through the rain on the best day of your life, you can get through anything.
You and your bridesmaids might not want to wear heels. Are you walking on grass? Those pesky heels are always digging into the mud. I know you know what I mean, ladies! You don’t want to see mud in your wedding photos or on your dress; wear wedges, flats, or heck, go barefoot! They don’t have to be any less adorable! But hey, if you don’t care- rock it! You’ll end up kicking those babies off anyways!
Bugs. Period. Of course, this depends on what season your wedding is taking place in. However, during spring and summer there can be pesky mosquitos. Here’s the secret: get a few cans of “OFF” bug spray and ask your planner, mom, or whoever has five minutes of free time right before the ceremony, to spray those cans over the grounds. This will keep the majority of bugs away for a good while!
Heat. Where there is a possibility of rain, there is also the possibility of the sun beating down on the backs of guests. No one wants to sweat in his or her best clothes. Try finding out where a shady place (at your ceremony time) is on the property and hold your ceremony there! That’s not the only option: add an original twist to your ceremony décor and provide your guests with parasols to keep themselves shaded and cool. They will love it and the photos will be adorable!
Make sure there are accommodations for your caterers. I’ll put this out here first: your caterer should be able to serve dinner straight from their vans/trucks. If not, make sure there’s a kitchen somewhere on site for them to prep and cook! This will help them to keep food at the right temperature before being served.
Bathroom arrangements. This applies to venues that might not have an indoor bathroom. Some cringe at the thought of “port-a-johns”, but do not fret, it’s a very typical thing to have at an outdoor wedding… and if you have a “party” crowd, they won’t care. Let’s be honest, the men will probably end up finding a tree somewhere anyways. Take a look at the portable bathrooms online (Tidy Inc.), and if you’re willing and able to binge a little, you’ll see they offer some very prestigious outdoor bathrooms too!
Is it going to get cold in the evening? It might be warm during the day, but be aware, especially in the spring and fall, the temperature will drop when the sun sets! Think about investing in some outdoor heaters, if your venue doesn’t offer them. Those older folk get cold very easily so if you have many grandparents and seniors attending the wedding, it’s definitely something to think about. Aside from that, offer blankets, you know what they say: “To have and to hold, in case you get cold!”
Wind. Be on the lookout for wind. Programs, table numbers, escort cards, etc. It is all subject to blow away or get knocked over. Make sure these items are weighed down by something heavy enough to keep them in place. Don’t forget your hairspray either!
Cakes can melt! Cakes will melt if they are sitting in the sun too long, or even just exposed to heat too long, and if there’s more than one tier, they can slide off of each other. Your baker isn’t a magician, they might make the most beautiful cakes but they can’t glue the tiers together! Go with a “naked” cake, it is all the craze right now! Or, find a shady spot under the tent. However, the best thing to do, if you’re able, is to store it in an air-conditioned space, just make sure someone you trust is able to move it with confidence just before the reception – ask your caterer or wedding planner!
Humidity, hair, and makeup. Oh no! Make sure your make-up artist and hairstylist is aware of location and season of your wedding right from the get-go so they can work their magic. They’ll know what to do!