# If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert will
do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.
# Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just
in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. In a pinch, the tables can be scooted
to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms. A heavy
rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes. Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so
it won't flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.
# Plan for Wind Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons 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 that won't leave you looking like Cousin It! Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling product.
Again, tell your guests in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure your tent will stand
up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.
# Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding 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. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes
for the bride, groom and officiant. Your DJ or band may be able to easily arrange this for you.
# Decorations One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate.
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 the flowers have bloomed. 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. If it's been an especially cold season, you may need to supplement the flowers with some potted
bulbs from a florist. Other decorations you may want to consider include an arch or trellis to focus the ceremony and frame
the bride and groom as they say their vows; strings of lights or lanterns in the trees; luminarias; torches; or farolitas.
# Make things tasty outside Does your caterer have experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they're planning
things that will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid things like mayonnaise salads or dishes which must be served cold.
# Don't leave your guests parched Since alcohol is dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas and punches.
Be sure to have plenty of ice and water around as well. For a fancy cocktail, why not serve a classic mint julep or a mojito?
The mint will refresh and cool your guests.
# Those pesky flying things Be sure to put out citronella candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won't spend the
whole ceremony swatting at the air.
# Here comes the sun Consider timing your outdoor wedding 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.
# Permits Don't forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor
wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning trash removal, candle or torch lighting, and pre-wedding photography.