More couples are choosing to get married outdoors. While an outdoor wedding can provide more space for guests and a beautiful backdrop as you say your vows, there are certain risks that come with an outdoor wedding. Below are just some of the common mistakes that couples make when preparing for an outdoor wedding and how to avoid them.
No bad weather contingency plan
If the weather is bad, it’s useful to have a backup indoor space that you can use. Most outdoor weddings are held on the grounds of venues that also have an indoor ceremony space. Venues such as St Osyth Priory have a beautiful indoor space that can be set up the morning of the wedding if bad weather is likely. If a venue doesn’t have a suitable indoor space, an alternative option could be to erect a large marquee, which the ceremony can be held under. Make sure this is large enough for all your guests to fit under.
Incorrect dress and footwear
If you’re getting married outdoors, a long dress with a train may not always be the best idea. The train could get muddy or attract leaves if no-one is willing to carry it. You should also be careful about footwear. Stiletto heels could prove to be a disaster if the ground is soft. Wedge heels and flats can offer more support outdoors. Check out this guide to outdoor bridal footwear at Wedding Chicks for ideas.
Lack of lighting
Most couples have their ceremony during daylight hours, however there are some couples that prefer to get married in the evening. And of course, if you’re having your reception party outdoors, this is likely to go on until after dark. If you think you will be spending a large amount of time outdoors on your wedding day during low light hours, it could be important to ensure that there is enough artificial lighting. This is something that some couples can forget, and it can result in lots of people trying to make conversation in the dark. On top of ambient lighting like fairy lights, try to add some stronger sources of lighting that will allow everyone to see each other clearly. Most venues will have adequate lighting outdoors, but some won’t, and you will need to look into this.
Failure to protect food
Food that is left out in the open can quickly spoil when exposed to heat. Bugs may also contaminate food left out. There is also the issue of leaves, blossom or bird poop falling into food. And finally, there is the risk of wind and rain. By protecting food, you can stop it from getting damaged or contaminated. This could include placing buffet food and cakes under a marquee, using heavy plates and adding cloches to dishes. This post at Wedding Bee offers more tips for protecting food.
Poor communication with guests
Have you told guests that you will be getting married outdoors? This is something that many couples fail to do, and it could result in guests turning up in incorrect clothing. Mention on your invites that you will be getting married outdoors or tell your guests individually before the big day (if you have already sent out invites).