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Planning For An Outdoor Wedding Without The Snares

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To organize an outdoor wedding you will need preparation, foresight and a grasp for details. For instance, there isn’t much you can do about the weather, but you can work around it. Here are some guidelines for planning a great outdoor wedding.

Just to be on the safe side, it is advisable to have an alternative indoors place for the outdoors wedding, to safeguard yourself and your guests if the weather turns sour. In out of the way locations, it is best to hire a big catering tent to erect near the chosen spot.

Sometimes, certain parks or other wonderful natural areas, well suited for an outdoors wedding, are managed by an organization that does not have a lot of experience with hosting marriages. In that case, you should be extra careful to check that their side of the organization runs smoothly.

Ensure that you will have access to all the facilities that will be necessary for a great outdoor wedding. For instance, if there are no toilets you will need to rent portable ones. Bear in mind that you will need electricity, so if the outdoor wedding location is really out of the way you will have to rent a generator or two.

Nature already provides a great backdrop to most outdoor weddings, but if you want to add a couple of extra decorations it is best to do it sparsely and to let everything blend into the natural setting. Wedding arches are an exception, as these give your ceremony focus.

Wedding arches are available in many types and styles, to suit your budget, style and preferences. They are usually rugged and beautiful enough to be reused as a garden decoration after the outdoor wedding, and can be bought over the Internet at several specialized retailers.

Wedding arches are also quite portable, so you can always move them if you need to change location at the last minute. If you want some extra decoration, flowers are best, either in pots or of the cut variety. You can put these up yourself, or you can have a florist do the work for you.

One important thing to remember when informing your guests about the upcoming marriage is that the wedding will be held outdoors, and that you should give them the right information allowing them to plan their dress accordingly. How warm is it going to be, and is there any risk of rain or wind gusts?

Consider the access to the chosen outdoor wedding venue. Is it easy to reach? You may have to organize a shuttle bus if it’s hard to part at the site. Maybe some walking will be necessary, and in that case you have to take the mobility of elderly, disabled or pregnant guests into account.

As for the bride’s and groom’s dress, consider the weather and climate before choosing. For an outdoor wedding, brides should opt for a shorter than usual dress, made of lighter-weight fabrics.

Check out OutdoorMarriage.com for comprehensive resources on how to organize your outdoor marriage . Follow the links to find all the information that you may want about outdoor weddings at your fingertips.

Portable Near Whole House Natural Gas Generator Project

Implementing a Westinghouse WH7000EC 7000 Watt gasoline generator and converting it to Natural Gas using US Carburetion’s type C kit. Wiring it into into the house using a Reliance Controls 31410CRK 10-Circuit 30 Amp Generator Transfer Switch Kit. All this together becomes a portable, near whole house, natural gas generator solution.


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15 thoughts on “Planning For An Outdoor Wedding Without The Snares”

  1. coasttal123 says:

    I have 2ea. 200A panels. I feed both of those from WH7500E and then just turn off the breakers I do not want to run. I can run the hot water when nothing else is running, certainly no HVAC,, no big oven, but we can run the Miele speed cooker oven and just about everything else in the house. Ran for days after Hurricane Matthew. Will now convert to LPG.

  2. John Rodriguez says:

    Excellent video !!! congrats

  3. Michael Decker says:

    Really excellent, Martin!  Nothing worse than trying to find gasoline in the middle of an extended power outage.  And clearly there are many that agree!  Sandy taught us well!

  4. Paul Sargent says:

    Nice video. To answer Mohammads question on the choke. You don't use the choke when using NG or LP because it shuts off the gas going to the engine. Also there are many other do's and don'ts when running on NG or LP that most people don't consider. I did a vid on it if You are interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVLVQIJlwfE

  5. Mohammad Jamal says:

    Martin,  You did not mention about the position of 'Choke lever'. Did did you keep ON position or closed position when you start the generator on natural gas?

  6. 3beltwesty says:

    Martin; Very Nice video! One comment is at 7:11 and 15:55 there is no gas dripleg. Here in the Deep South the gas companies and home builders often install a dripleg inverted T to catch the crud that is in the gas line.

    Where your silver 90 degree elbow is at 15:55 after the Red valve one could had a T section and vertical downward aiming drip leg and let the quick disconnect be horizontal. This helps catch the rusty crud from entering the hose and later the engine..

     Whether you need a drip leg depends are many unknowns, ie how rusty the gas pipes are in the entire system. Driplegs are old school to catch crud ie rusts and dirt in the gas line.

    I mention this because I have had crud get into the round KN gas regulator on my propane and natural gas generator projects.

    What can happen is the KN unit sticks open and gas can pass even if the engine say died when running. In permanent install and bigger ones they use a relay that cuts the gas if the engine's generator stops. ie the running generator powers the relay. With the KN the vacuum of the intake keeps the valve open. 

    In the back of my shop here I replaced some gas lines on the outside and sort of freaked out on how much crap /rust was in the drip leg right after the gas meter. I use to think it was one of those "done for a good measure" gambits and was dumfounded that there was a measuring cup of crap or two  in the 1" drip leg after a couple of decades. 

    Regards, again nice video

  7. damannoa says:

    Hey Martin, I just got my house up and running on the same setup as you. They replaced the conversion kit with a new one called the "motor snorkel". It now does not require you to cut the frame. Unfortunately it came out a few months after you published your video. Now I'm kinda waiting for a power outage so that my system could be of use.
    Thanks again for the video.

  8. mruler360 says:

    Did you try running an A/C unit with it? 

    I was surprised to find something like this that might be capable of powering my entire house for less than $1000. 

  9. Hardwarenutz says:

    Great Job! I used the newer kit from US Carburation, called the Motor Snorkel.

    I did a similar setup, but started by building a soundproof enclosure using a plastic shed.

    If you'd like to see a similar version, please check out generatorathome.blog.com

    Thanks for sharing your video!

  10. Brent Geery says:

    Not a very professional job.  I'd also like to point out that those zip ties may cut into the NG hose over time.

  11. Crickelwood says:

    So many people doing hack jobs out there.  Great to see someone doing it right.

  12. NeverQuitEver says:

    Nice Vid. I'm working on a similar setup after a 6 day power outage.

  13. Mike Pier says:

    Nice set up, but with the outside inlet box, I would have fed the wire directly into the back of the box so you would not see the wire or the hole in the siding . Or if you wanted to come up through the bottom, use grey PVC conduit with a condolet, would look more professional. Also did you ever consider a generator interlock instead of a transfer switch?

  14. silverbankruptcy says:

    This is a Very Nice Portable  Generator Conversion Setup, that i recommend anyone considering doing this, should review. I have a few videos on this as well. My only minor issue is whether the pipe outside is blackpipe. It should be galvanized so it doesn't rust. It is a beautiful Job

  15. Richard S says:

    Fantastic video. Thanks

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