What to Think About When Planning Your Outdoor Wedding

I love planning outdoor weddings and receptions.

There’s nothing like celebrating amid nature – the flowers, green grass, lovely ponds . . . The scenery and landscape of outdoor sites can’t be beat!

However, planning an outdoor event has its own unique needs that have to be taken care of and addressed before the big day. You’re thinking about your linens and centerpieces and music – all of the exciting elements for your wedding day. But there are other things that you will have to think about – and unfortunately some of them aren’t fun, and certainly aren’t glamorous or pretty. But they are oh, so necessary.

You want your wedding day to go as smoothly as possible, so don’t forget to plan for:

Weather
Will it be rainy or humid? Will your guests be sitting in shade or under the hot sun?

You may need to bring in a tent, with AC or heat if necessary.

To beat the heat, have hand held fans, or parasols or umbrellas on hand for guests to use. For outdoor ceremonies, have water or other cool (non-alcoholic) drinks available.

Electrical Needs
Will there be adequate electricity for the dj, and the lighting, and the caterers? Find out from each how much amperage and wattage they will need, and also find out what is available on site. You may need to bring in a generator.

Water Needs
Is there water access for the caterers and for restrooms? Determine how many faucets will be needed, and check to see how many water faucets are available on site.

Restrooms
Are there any restrooms onsite or will you need to bring in some rental units? If you will be bringing in restroom units, what types of electrical and water hook-ups do they require?

Trash
Does the site provide trash cans? If not, you will need to add these to your rentals list. Also, at the end of the evening, where does the trash go? Is there a dumpster on site, or will all trash have to be taken?

And if you’re having an at-home wedding you’re going to have way more trash than in a typical week, so you’ll need to find out if your trash collection company pick up everything.

If you need some help with your wedding plans or have any questions contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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