10 Tips for Planning A Seamless Outdoor Wedding

 

Wow it’s been a while. I do apologize! We have been crazy here as of late with so many fall weddings. However, it lead to the inspiration for this post.

With so many outdoor fall weddings – btw so beautiful to our brides – our brides have been coming in quite stressed! Because we form a relationship with our brides we can read it all over their faces or they come into our store looking to vent. We get it – it’s a very stressful time, you’re tired or planning, answering phone calls, and just want the day to get here so you can start your happily ever after. You want every detail to be perfect, every mason jar in its perfect place, every bow tied perfectly, the tiniest of details executed as you imagined and you deserve it, but I’m gonna help you find ways to not want to rip your hair out….. That wouldn’t be cute before the wedding.

1. Upcycle – What do I mean? Yes DIY is insanely popular and you want things to be custom, totally understand. However, lots of people are doing rustic chic weddings look online or in local groups, you can cut down some of your DIY with someone who has already done it.

2. Vendor – This is key, what is your vendor willing to do for you? Are they going to set up and take down? Yes, you may have to do a once over, but it eliminates a lot of set up at a crucial time. Are getting married at your, your family’s, or friends property? That’s not problem, since they own if you have ample time before hand to set up (by ample I mean a couple of days).

3. Vision Sharing – Share your dreams and visions with someone. Mom? Sister? MOH? Someone needs to understand what you want (preferably someone not in your wedding party) to help with the stress of setting up and ensuring everything is executed to your liking.

4. Delivery – I know when planning a wedding everyone has a budget, however some companies charge very little for delivery of cakes, flowers etc and they really are a life saver! Sometimes it is seriously worth every dime paying someone to store and then deliver their product.

5. Lighting – Plan for lighting, if it’s outside in the grass, make sure your guests know where the exits are and there are not large pot holes etc on the way there – people need to be able to see.

6. Permit Planning – A lot of venues require permits, even if it is on your own property and you ARE SELLING alcohol.These can take weeks to acquire – so just prepare for the permits you might require.

7. Location Selection – Some outdoor spaces although there may not be a “cost” to rent the facility it is common courtesy to leave a donation, look into these so there are no surprises.

8. Bug Proof – A lot of outdoor weddings can struggle with bugs (ants, bees, spiders) anticipate the bugs! Whether it be covers for food, citronella candles, make sure there is no contamination for your guests. Additionally, be cautious of the food you are serving in the hot summer days, this can also attract more bugs than necessary.

9. Choosing the “Right” Food – Because this event is outdoors, it could be exceptionally hot! This makes it difficult to moderate food temperatures etc., basically what I’m saying is maybe don’t leave cheese sitting out in the hot summer sun at cocktail hour.. A caution also against buttercream as it becomes super runny with it heats up!

10. Ice, Ice Baby – Ice is your best friend for keeping desserts, apps, and drinks cool and fresh for your guests. So make ice a priority.

Happy planning lovely’s!

Cheers,

 

Urban Diamond White

www.bridacreations.ca

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What if it Rains on your Outdoor Wedding Day?

 

I’m so sorry to my faithful readers that I have slacked the past week over not putting out a blog post! I will do two this week. We had a super busy week at the store re-branding and putting the final touches on some aspects (stay tuned). No excuse though, so I will make up for it!

So you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding – fantastic! – but.. what happens if it rains? You know when you choose to have an outdoor you roll the die in regards to weather, it could be blistering hot, cold, rainy, or absolutely perfect! But you know all this, you’ve decided on an outdoor wedding anyways! So what do you do if it rains?

First off, I know this is completely not ideal or what you wanted but you have to have a plan B, C, and D. You are no the weather man and no matter how many rain prevention dances you do, it won’t help if it is going to rain on your day. Albeit rain isn’t ideal, if you’re traditional it is supposed to be good luck and you will still be married to your significant other at the end of the day. However, here are some ideas to calm your nerves if it were to rain.

1. Does your venue have a back up plan already in place?¬†Almost all venues have a backup plan for a rainy day. If not, do you have a tent for your reception? This is the next alternative if there isn’t a building to have your ceremony in.

2. Wait it Out – Not on a super tight timeline, wait out the weather. Often times in the summer the rain doesn’t last, so just wait it out! If you are able to give your guests a beverage while you push back the ceremony 20 minutes all the better.

3. Umbrellas – While this one is the most unmanageable, buy umbrellas, see if anyone can get them at wholesale cost for you, or the dollarstore. This will make for super cute photos and still allows you to have your ceremony outdoors.

4. Do it Anyways – If it’s a light rain and you want to proceed, DO IT. Everyone will do whatever you want, it’s your day, you make the call.

5. Alternate Location – While I’m sure you chose to have the ceremony where you did for a reason, is there an alternate location that could suffice as a back up (if the venue doesn’t have a back up and you do not wish to get married under a tent). Is there a family property, church, hall?

6. Canopy – Can you bring a canopy (tarp) as a back up and string it somehow above the ceremony space and peg it into the ground. There are lots of options for this one if you desperately want your wedding outdoors and the rain isn’t going to let up.

While it is never fun to have to alter your plans, we have to be flexible. Nothing is ever perfect, this is what makes life memorable. Just be prepared, don’t leave things to the last minute.

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

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