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utdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful.
However, they aren't as easy as they may look.
Outdoor weddings can come with some pitfalls, but
if you follow these tips, you'll be sure to shine on your wed-
ding day. Make your guests comfortable and think about what
the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the
year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don't leave
your guests uncomfortably melting - have your ushers give
guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider
printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may
cool themselves. Don't forget to have plenty of sunscreen on
hand as well.
What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location
has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many couples opt
to have their ceremony outside and reception inside.
Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy
conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffon and china silks in
your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist
that you'll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan
a style, usually up is safest to avoid long hair becoming untidy.
When you picture your dream wed-
ding at the beach, you're probably not hearing the roaring of
the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and
screaming around you. Make sure your celebrant uses a
modern and reliable microphone system.
One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is
the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to deco-
rate. But you still need to do some work. Visit the site a week
before your wedding to make sure the grass is mown, the
ground raked, and any rubbish disposed of. If your wedding
is at a public park, you may want to ask the groomsmen or
friends to do this the morning of your ceremony. Other deco-
rations you may want to consider include an arch to focus the
ceremony and frame the bride and groom as they say their
vows; think about flags, strings of lights or lanterns in the
Does your caterer have experi-
ence planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they're
planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat.
Since alcohol is dehydrat-
ing, consider serving a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Be sure
to have plenty of ice and water around as well.
Be sure to put out citronella can-
dles or a bug zapper so that your guests won't spend the
whole ceremony swatting the air. If flies are a problem, you
may have to forego that expensive perfume for some person-
al fly repellent - all those black dots on your white gown will
definitely ruin your photographs.
Consider timing your outdoor wed-
ding for sunset where your guests will see you take your
vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Those having
a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the ceremony so
that the sun will be on guests' backs rather than in their eyes.
Professional photographers always prefer to shoot in early or
late light as it casts less shadows and creates softer and
more appealing skin tones.
Renewal of Vows
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