Planning an outdoor wedding is a bit trickier than organizing a normal marriage celebration, but getting married outside is certainly worth it. You may have to take possible pitfalls into consideration, but there’s just no substitute to a wedding in a beautiful natural location.
In any case, even if you are absolutely certain that the wedding is going to take place outdoors, you should have a substitute sheltered place where to host the ceremony and the reception in the case that it starts raining, or some other circumstance forces you to move indoors.
Some managed areas of great natural beauty, such as some national parks, may not be experienced in hosting outdoor weddings. Make sure you know the rules of the venue you choose, check if you need a permit, if there are any special rules, and don’t rely on the site managers to organize everything for you.
Make sure that all the needed infrastructure will be available for your outdoor wedding day. Things such as portable toilets are fundamental if there are no close restrooms, and in remote locations where there is no electricity you may need a generator to ensure availability of lighting.
There is little that you will need to do for decoration if you are getting married outside, the backdrop will already be splendid. The main recommended decoration is a wedding arch, which takes the place of the altar in church weddings, and acts as a focus for the entire event and ceremony.
There are several retailers of wedding arches with well-designed internet sites, who offer different styles of arches for all kinds of marriage ceremonies. With the wide choice available, you are guaranteed to find a wedding arch that suits your expectations and style.
Some extra potted or cut flowers could also be a nice addition. These can either be prepared by you, maybe with the help of your close family, or you can get a professional florist to put up the flowers for you.
When sending out invites, make sure to specify that the wedding will be held outdoors. You may want to add details about the expected temperature and weather so that people will know how to dress for the outdoors wedding.
Still concerning the guests, make sure that everyone, including elderly or people with impaired walking ability, will manage to get to the location. You may want to organize a shuttle with an all-road vehicle if the place is far from a paved road.
Concerning the wedding couple’s dress, they should also be adapted to the weather and season. The bride should opt for a rather short and not too complicated dress so that she will be comfortable in the setting. High heels are also best avoided at an outdoor wedding.