Want your reception outside?
So you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding reception. Such an event is both romantic and beautiful. But, they aren’t as easy to create as they seem.
Make sure your guests are comfortable, think about what the weather will be on your reception. Don’t leave your guests melting in the sun, have ushers give guests cold bottles of water as they are being seated. Think about printing your program on a fan, enabling guests to cool themselves. For extremely warm locations, think about renting large fans, and a tent to shade the sun. However, should it will be cold and damp, make sure to tell guests so they can wear extra layers.
Always have a backup plan. A wedding reception location should have an indoor location just in case. A tent is another choice, but only for light rain storms. Heavy rain will soak the ground, leaving guests with muddy shoes. Ensure any tent you rent is sturdy, and that it comes with thick and weighted sides.
Many a wedding reception suffer from windy conditions. Avoid fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress. Tell your hairstylist that you’re having an outdoor wedding so they can plan a style that won’t leave you looking like a scarecrow.
When you think of your dream reception at the beach, look into renting a sound system ensuring everyone can hear.
One of the bonuses of an outdoor reception is the beauty around you. Go to the site a week before your wedding, and make sure the grass is mown, the ground raked, etc. If your reception is at a public park, ask the groomsmen to do this the morning of your ceremony.
Has your caterer got experience in planning an outdoor reception? Make sure that the food will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid mayonnaise salads, or dishes which must be served cold.
Alcohol is dehydrating, serve a variety of lemonades, teas and punches. Have plenty of ice and water as well. If your guests like fancy cocktails, serve a classic mint julep or a mojito. The mint will refresh, and cool down your guests.
Be sure to use citronella candles, or a bug zapper, ensuring your guests won’t spend the whole time swatting the air.
Those having daytime outdoor receptions should orient the party so that the sun will be on guests’ backs, instead of in their eyes.
Don’t forget to contact your city park department and get a permit for an outdoor reception. Ask about rules concerning trash removal, candle or torch lighting, and photography.