What to Know About Having an Outdoor Wedding
Updated: Mar 7
More than 50% of all weddings in the U.S. take place outdoors and, in 2021, that number is likely to be even higher. It's a good way to safely spread out (including social distancing) and the wedding photos are unparalleled. We totally get it because we LOVE outdoor weddings! Here are a few key things you should know about having an outdoor wedding.
Research the best weather season for getting married outdoors in your area.
In Northwest Florida and Alabama, the best time of year to get married is October-Dec or March-May. Choose a time of year where bad weather isn't likely (especially no hurricanes!).
Have a back-up plan in place.
Be sure to reserve a tent or an alternate location. Also, don't wait until the last minute to do so. You can avoid calling a lot of rental companies and hearing that they're already booked by making your reservation and bad weather plan early.
Shop for a wedding dress with an outdoor wedding in mind
A dress with a dozen layers of lace and lining is going to be very hot, even if the temperature outside is nice. Look for a dress that's as lightweight as possible. Adding a shawl or fur over top in the event that the weather turns cold is a good way to ensure that you're comfortable in any weather.
Tell your guests that you'll be having an outdoor wedding.
This might seem obvious, but let your guests know what to expect so that they wear the right attire. They'll feel more comfortable - as, as a result, enjoy themselves more - if they are dressed for the weather and come prepared with a hat, or sunglasses, or even sandals in the warm weather. Similarly, they'll need this cue from you to know to bring a jacket in cold weather. All in all, you can make your wedding a great experience for yourself and everyone else if they know they'll be attending an outdoor wedding.
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