Every year, an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S., and more couples are choosing to have outdoor ceremonies and/or receptions. And while outdoor weddings are unique and memorable, they’re also a bit different to plan and should be approached with a sense of organization. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid if you’re having an outdoor wedding.
Not having a plan ‘B’
While outdoor weddings can be absolutely immaculate if the weather holds out, this unfortunately isn’t always the case, and Mother Nature will always have the final say. That’s why it’s important to always have a backup plan, even if the weather seems promising. Sure, it’s an extra financial investment to shell out for tents or backup venues, but it could be the element that saves the wedding day from disaster.
Not timing events properly
When planning the specific itinerary of your outdoor wedding, you’ll want to put a lot of thought into what time of day you’d like to have the ceremony. While wholly 53% of weddings occur in the afternoon, 31% in the evening, and 16% in the morning, you’ll also need to consider how much sunlight you’d prefer to have left for other events afterward, such as taking photos, having a cocktail hour, or perhaps even dinner. Make sure you have a good idea of exactly how much daylight you’ll have, and prioritize it as best you can. And of course, planning an itinerary shouldn’t be done to the very minute. Leave some time for breathing room, or else you’re bound to fall at least a little bit behind schedule.
Neglecting Lighting/Other Outdoor Wedding Necessities
Finally, it’s easy to neglect some of the smaller details that indoor weddings don’t need. For example, you’ll need to have ample lighting throughout the night, in addition to some other necessary accommodations, such as bathroom facilities, generators, and sometimes, heating or air conditioning. Of course, reaching out to a professional wedding planner can help take care of these details for you. Many outdoor wedding places offer planning services, all inclusive event packages, wedding planner packages, and more, so don’t hesitate to inquire!
Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes can help your outdoor wedding plans come to life before your very eyes. For more information about outdoor wedding places and reception halls here in Miami, contact Renaissance Miami.