We’ve already shared with you our Top Ten Destinations for Outdoor Weddings,
but now that you have settled on a wedding venue,
we have some great tips regarding all the little details that that you may have overlooked regarding your outdoor wedding.
Take a look at these quick tips…
Should you wear high heel shoes for an outdoor wedding?
One of the most common and overlooked details regarding an outdoor wedding comes down to your shoes!
If you’re getting married at a private estate or a guest at one, chances are, either the ceremony or reception (or both) are outdoors on a lawn, gravel, or some uneven surface.
While some women opt for sandals, ballet flats, or maybe no shoes at all (beach wedding anyone?), many would prefer to wear a special pair of heels they picked out for this very day!
To prevent your heels from sinking into the ground, many companies (including SoleMates) offer a heel protector made of plastic that not only protects your heel from getting scratched up, but it also creates a wider base for you heel so you don’t puncture the grass with every step you take.
Take this a step further and have a basket full of these for each female guest that may be wearing heels.
Trust me, they’ll be so thankful!
If you want to forgo the heel protectors, but still want that few extra inches in height, wear wedges.
They are not only comfortable, but much less likely to sink into the grass.
Every wedding I’ve ever attended, at least one person (usually many) removed their shoes by the end of the night.
Have a basket of flip flops at the ready, so your guests can kick off their heels and enjoy the rest of the party!
Be sure to notify your guests that you will have your ceremony or reception outdoors if it isn’t apparent.
Most guests would appreciate the heads up, so they know what footwear and outerwear to bring.
If you’re a guest at an outdoor wedding, bring a jacket or a sweater!
Better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.
If you are hosting the wedding, provide shawls or pashminas for anyone that is feeling chilly at night.
Even if the wedding is in a warm climate and you aren’t planning to rent heaters, it can still get a bit chilly out in the evening.
3. Protection from the Sun and other Elements
Be sure to bring a bottle of sunscreen with you to the wedding, or apply it before you arrive.
It isn’t guaranteed that you will be in the shade, and a sunburn will certainly put a damper on your mood.
Are you prone to bug bites?
Bring insect repellent spray or wipes to the wedding.
I’d also recommend wearing a nice sun hat and sunglasses to keep out the sun.
Sorry guys, no baseball caps allowed.
Fedoras, newsboy caps, etc. are always classics.
If you’re attending a southern or rustic wedding, cowboy hats are appropriate.
While extremely interesting to look at, the hats seen at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, are simply not practical for keeping the sunlight out of your eyes.
Accessories to help beat the heat
If the wedding falls on a very hot day, provide fans (which can double as your wedding program) and parasols the shield from the sun.
Does the forecast predict rain on your wedding weekend?
Here is a great list of how to plan for rain on your wedding day.
Have any outdoor wedding tips to share?
About the Author
Claire is the Director of Client Relations for Estate Weddings and Events and will often be the first person to greet you and answer any questions you may have about planning your estate event. In her free time, she loves to make succulent arrangements, homebrew craft beers and put her love for crafts to work! You can follow her here Linkedin or Google+.