Depending on where you’re located, it may not seem like “outdoor wedding” time. If, for example, you’re anywhere near us here in Northern New Jersey, then there’s probably still some snow on the ground with the potential for more on the way. However, you can never start too early when it comes to planning your wedding.
So, being that our NY & NJ wedding videographers have been to their share of outdoor affairs in their time in the business, we thought we’d pass along a few tips for planning your big day. That way, regardless of how much time you’ve actually got until your outdoor wedding, you’ll have a few tricks up your sleeve to ensure that it’s everything you’ve been dreaming it will be.
Don’t underestimate wind when it comes to weather.
First of all, when it comes to outdoor wedding planning, it all starts with the weather. After all, you can’t guarantee its complete cooperation once the big day rolls around, which is why it’s so important to prepare for the potential for bad weather, whether that means having designated warm-up or cool-off areas, handing out blankets, or simply having an indoor Plan-B location.
But while rain, snow, and scorching temperatures tend to be the weather-related scenarios that couples planning outdoor celebrations consider most, those aren’t the only possibilities. Wind is another and make no mistake, it can present just as big a problem as an unexpected downpour or heavy snowfall.
So, keep checking the weather reports for wind, speak with your hair stylist, alert guests to the potential for heavy winds, factor it into your fabric choices and make sure all flowers, decor items, and anything else that could blow away is secured. Also, if you’re having a tented reception, then you may want to splurge for the sides, but the point is that you need to treat wind as you would any other weather-related issue.
Let the surrounding scenery shine.
There are so many ways to have fun with your outdoor wedding decor. For example, you could have some cool signs made or make them yourself, directing the way around your celebration, or you could have some fun walkways or a completely unique ceremony arch created, but the truth is that it’s usually best to simply stay out of nature’s way, for the most part.
Think about it, you’re having your wedding celebration outdoors for a reason. In fact, you’re probably doing it for numerous reasons, but chances are that the natural surroundings had a lot to do with your decision. That’s why it’s so important to keep that in mind and let the scenery shine when it comes to decorating your spaces.
Whether it’s a garden setting, on a farm, in a wooded area, on the water, etc., environments like these tend to make for some pretty magical backdrops all by themselves. They don’t require much help, so focus your attention in other areas. It’s not that you shouldn’t take the time to decorate at all, but just that you don’t want to overdo it and get in your scenery’s way.
Put together the perfect Plan B.
We mentioned having a Plan B above and the importance of that cannot be overstated. No matter which season your wedding will be taking place in, if any portion of it will be happening outdoors with no shelter above whatsoever, then you’ve got to have a Plan B. There simply must be an alternative should the weather act up, but that doesn’t mean that any old backup plan will cut it, either.
One of the biggest mistakes newlyweds-to-be planning outdoor affairs make is putting together a Plan B that’s miles from Plan A. Too many couples simply find another space that can handle their guest list and call it a day. They figure that going through the motions of putting together a backup plan should suffice and rest on the hope that it’ll never actually need to go into action.
But we’ve been doing wedding videography in NJ for a long time and, trust us, seeing Plan B become Plan A isn’t uncommon at all, which is why you need one with which you’re truly satisfied. Try to think of it as an alternate celebration rather than a backup. That way, if the time comes to put your Plan B into action, then you’ll still have plenty to look forward to.
Outdoor weddings can be unforgettable in both good ways and bad.
The bottom line is that your outdoor wedding can be all that you’ve been dreaming it will be, as long as you take certain measures and precautions during the planning process. That’s the only way to offset all the variables so that you can rest easy knowing that you’ve prepared for every possibility.
We hope the tips discussed above help and for some more general ones, check out this post, Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Wedding Comfortable and Original.
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