Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Planning an outdoor wedding

I get nervous when a bride wants to plan an outside wedding.  I have a love/hate relationship with outdoor events.  I love to throw an event outside but don't like it when Mother Nature decides to show off.  I always have a rain plan....always. If you don't have a me it will rain for sure.

Outdoor weddings are the hardest to plan.  There are so many things to consider.....tents, chairs, sound system (if needed) tables, etc. etc.  It can be overwhelming but it is so worth it for a fabulous garden wedding. 

Here are some tips.....

Who will officiate? Some officiants won't perform a service outside, so you’ll need to check with yours in advance before planning your ceremony outside.

What’s The Backup Plan? – obviously you’ll need a plan in case of inclement weather. If your location doesn’t have indoor facilities to accommodate your event should the skies open, you’ll need to rent a tent.

What about the rental fees? – keep in mind that you’ll have to rent everything – from tables and chairs to dance floor and sound systems. These rental fees can increase your budget quite a bit.

What are the details? – attention to detail is very important for an outdoor wedding. Coordinating the permits, rentals, backup plans – not to mention the normal wedding details, can be overwheming. Seriously consider hiring a professional coordinator to keep things together. You will be thankful you did!

I just love the big tree at Carnton Plantation (Franklin, TN)

Chairs are a must!

Lighting is important as well.

Did you have an outdoor wedding?  Would love to hear about it!
plan on! Kelly

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