There are many things you need to take care of when planning a wedding. The workload only increases if you decide to have the wedding outdoors. Firstly, you are at nature’s mercy, in particular the weather. If it starts pouring, your best-laid plans could be ruined. This is why it is important to be meticulous and consider every possible contingency when planning outdoor weddings. Don’t worry, as planning an outdoor wedding reception is not as hard as it may sound.

The main components of wedding planning remain the same. From the music to the food to the décor, these things would be similar to how they are arranged for a traditional indoor wedding. However, there are some specific considerations to be made for outdoor events. Here are some outdoor wedding tips you can follow to plan a perfect outdoor wedding:

Open Air or Covered Outdoor Wedding Venue?

The first thing you have to decide on is whether the event would be open air or covered. The outdoor wedding venue you choose will depend on what you want. As mentioned above, weather can play spoilsport at outdoor weddings so it is best to have a tent on standby. Plus, you will need covered space to serve the food as well as for other ceremonies like cake cutting and the toasts. Just in case, have some umbrellas on hand. Not only will they keep you safe from the rain but also make for some cute wedding pictures.

Transportation to the Wedding Venue

Just because you are having your wedding outdoors doesn’t mean it has to be out of the way for your guests. You have to keep their convenience in mind to ensure that they can easily get to the venue. If you want to opt for a location that is remote and distant, it is best that you provide transportation. Renting a shuttle bus is the perfect option. If you are going to provide transportation for the guests, then you can have your wedding anywhere.

Keep the Footwear in Mind

One of the oft-ignored aspects of outdoor wedding receptions is that the guests aren’t advised about the appropriate footwear. For instance, if you are having a wedding on the beach, you cannot have your guests wearing dress shoes. The location determines the footwear so make it a point to advise the guests about the right footwear for the ceremony. It will enable them to have a good time.

Toilets/Restrooms at the Wedding Venue

Having your wedding outdoors enables you to be closer to nature and some of your guests might just get nature’s call during the ceremony. If you are going to invite over 100 people to your reception, it is essential that you provide toilets and bathroom facilities to them. You can rent bathrooms if the venue for your wedding doesn’t have any. It is not just about nature’s call. Some people might want to adjust their appearances or simply wash hands.

Follow these tips and you can plan perfect outdoor weddings.