We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures on Pinterest – the gorgeous garden wedding or the rustic barn wedding. It looks relatively easy to put on this event outside, but there’s tons of things you need to consider when hosting an outdoor wedding. We’ll cover the main points in this blog post, but when talking with your Marianne’s Rental’s Event Specialist, they’ll be sure to inform you of all the tips and tricks for having an outdoor wedding.
1. Have a Back-Up Plan
This is so important. Although it may be tempting, your backup plan cannot and should not be prayer. Always have a second location if you are planning to get married outside. You want this to be as stress free as possible. Oklahoma weather in particular is crazy, so you never know if I could be snowing or 100 plus degrees in March. If you have a backup plan, it takes tons of stress off of you planning where to fit 250+ people once it starts hailing. The only thing you really probably can’t be prepared for is earthquakes, but that’s another discussion all together.
2. The Tent Is Important
If you’re getting married under a tent, make sure that you take no shortcuts in renting a nice tent. Renting a tent is basically like renting a venue to have your wedding in, so you want to make sure it looks the best it can. There are different price points on outdoor tents, but let’s just say that renting a cheap tent = renting a cheap venue. Don’t let price be the driving factor in which vendor you choose. Specifically with tents, if there is a dramatic price increase for the exact same size of tent, they are likely different styles of tents. Research the specific style of tent that you were quoted to ensure that it will be sufficient for the potential weather threats you could encounter. There are major differences in the strength of the styles of tents. Make sure that you also give ample time to the event rental company when scheduling set up and tear down. The weather is also a huge factor in this.
3. Consider The Bugs
Unless you’re getting married outside in the dead of winter (progressive!!), then there are likely to be bugs abound. Light citronella candles around and supply your guests with all-natural bug spray (to keep your wedding smelling nice and fresh). You don’t want your guests (or you!) to go home with tons of mosquito bites. Makes for a pretty un-sexy honeymoon.
4. Weather is a Thing
Like we said, always be prepared for crazy weather. If it’s raining and you are set on getting married outside, make sure that you have supplied umbrellas for all of your guests and wedding party. Consider the flow of water in case it rains. You don’t want your wedding to be at the bottom of a hill in a puddle of water from the rain! If it’s hot, use your wedding programs as fans and provide chilled bottles of water to keep your guests from melting. Consider the direction of the sun as you say your “I do’s” And if it’s cold- make sure to provide heaters, and don’t forget the generator!
5. Get Your Ducks In A Row
Getting married in a public park, side of the mountain, or beach may require you to have a permit. Make sure to contact your local government to determine what you need, or if you need to schedule your event ahead of time. You wouldn’t want a 5-year-old’s birthday party at the same park as your nuptials!