Outdoor Wedding Ideas – What to Consider

Outdoor weddings or garden weddings are beautiful types of weddings that uses nature as a backdrop for a romantic ceremony. Although it is a great wedding idea, it is hard to pull off. Why? Because you have to think of the weather, the view, the surroundings, and other elements that could be the cause of distractions for your ceremony.

To have a great outdoor wedding, you first have to take into consideration the date of your wedding. Will it be in the summer, spring, or fall? Of course if you are going to have your wedding outside, you wouldn’t want your guests to suffer from heat stroke or be soaked in the rain right? The best season for an outdoor wedding would be spring. There will be less chances of rain and the weather wouldn’t be too hot. Now, even though you scheduled your wedding during the spring, it doesn’t mean that the weather will be very consistent. That means the weather may also have changes. The day may be sunny and fine on the day before the wedding but could be disastrous on the day of the wedding itself so you should have a back up area where there is shelter in case it would rain during the wedding ceremony.

If it is too sunny you may opt to have an open tent, one that has roofing but no sides. That way the beauty of the garden may still be enjoyed. Or it may be a great idea to provide fans for your guests. Also make sure that water is accessible for your guests on a sunny day. Wind is another foe during weddings. Better skip lighting the unity candle if you are going to have your wedding outside cause it would definitely be out in just a minute.

Aside from the weather, another concern for outdoor weddings is bugs and flying insects. If you are going to hold your wedding in a garden, better have the surrounding sprayed with insecticide the night before the wedding. You may also have bug zappers or electric insect repellants around the area to eliminate those unwanted insects.

Outdoor weddings would also make you think about floor plan of the wedding. To set up your outdoor wedding first you have to make an altar where the officiating minister would stand and wed the couple. It could be just a simple table with white cloth that could be adorned with flowers at the foot or on the corners. Then the chairs for the guests could be lined up facing the front in a horizontal row by row manner. You can line the chairs up in groups of tens. Then have a carpet for aisle where the entourage will be walking. At the end of the aisle you can place your wedding arch. The back of the chairs could be decorated with ribbons or flowers as well.

Another thing to consider in planning an outdoor wedding would be the sound system. Amplifiers are needed because the guests might not hear the officiating minister talk of the couple’s responses or the music.

Last but not least, make sure that there are comfort rooms and dressing rooms nearby in case the bride needs a touch up or the guests needs to go. If you are able to take all of these into consideration then you can be having yourself a great outdoor wedding.

Backyard to Take Your Wedding To the Next Level

There is little as intimate as a garden wedding. The good news is that with the right backyard you can transform your garden into a wedding paradise. And this is true regardless of whether you are marrying in the gardens of a local mansion, in your own backyard wedding ceremony, or are having a beachfront wedding. With the right backyard you can create that perfect wedding memory that will last you for years to come.

Start With a Wedding Tent

Regardless of where you live, the weather is just too unpredictable to risk not having a tent. Even if you live in Southern California and are getting married in a time when it never rains, you never know when that freak storm’s going to hit. You’d hate to be unprepared if it chooses your wedding day so the first backyard wedding idea is to invest in the purchase or rental of a tent large enough to cover your wedding party in an emergency and to provide shade for your wedding guests.

Put the Wedding Cake Table under the Protection of the Tent on a Sturdy Table

Backyard wedding idea number two is to simply protect your investment in the masterpiece you commissioned that is your wedding cake by putting it inside the tent. Leave a side wall open, if you like so that your cake cutting pictures will have the beauty of the wedding garden in the background, but protect your wedding cake from birds flying overhead and the intensity of the sun.

Likewise, use the folding table for something else. A wedding cake needs a sturdy table that won’t wobble when a guest bumps into it.

Put the Pets Away

For so many reasons, but primarily because of the inherent unpredictability of animals your next backyard wedding idea is to control the movements of your pets. Perhaps this means putting them in a kennel for your wedding day. Maybe it simply means having them on a leash. It’s better than having Fido lovingly push grandma into the middle of the spread your caterers put out for your reception.

Build a Gazebo or a Wedding Arch

This backyard wedding idea will add beauty to your wedding ceremony. A bride and groom framed with their pastor, rabbi, or priest by a tastefully decorated gazebo or wedding arch with manicured foliage in the background is a picture perfect setting.

Accent with Lights

The whole point of your wedding decorations is to create an inviting space that shouts welcome to your guests. So this backyard wedding idea is as follows: Using small lights like rope lights to line arches, windows, and doorways is a backyard wedding idea that achieves just that even if your wedding and reception is in the middle of a sun filled day. Just that extra touch of light has a way of inviting people in.

Theme Your Wedding to Suit Your Tastes

Remember, backyard don’t lock you into a floral themed (or cactus themed) wedding. I heard recently of a couple who found an outdoor location to create a Lord of the Rings themed wedding. That might be a bit much for most of us, but it proves that your options are limited only to your imagination, budget, and nerve. Dream. You’re backyard might create something people will talk about for years.

Wedding Ideas – 5 Easy DIY Tricks

We all know do it yourself (DIY) wedding projects are an easy way to save money in the wedding budget. So we’ve outlined the five easiest ways to customize and personalize your wedding without breaking the wedding bank.

Wedding Idea 1: Wedding monogram stamps

One easy way to make DIY tricks easier is to invest in a custom monogram stamp. This makes it very easy to put your mark on invitations and other stationary. You can order these online or get one custom-made at craft and scrap-booking stores. Buy a few and enlist some of your friends to help stamp all your stationary for the wedding. 

Wedding Idea 2: Wedding programs made from wrapping paper

A great and easy idea is to take several different wrapping papers from the same color scheme to use as covers for your wedding programs. A variety of patterns and shades will create a coordinated vintage look. Simply adhere the paper to the front of your program for a cheap, easily made wedding program.

Wedding Idea 3: DIY screen printed napkins

You’ve probably seen the personalized napkins you can order from wedding favor websites, but what you didn’t know is there is an easy cost-effective way to make those at home. Most craft stores sell a print Gocco machine, which allows you to load your own art and print it onto anything (in our case cocktail napkins). You can even use this nifty machine to make customized bachelor/bachelorette party shirts.

Wedding Idea 4: Pressed flower stationary

If you’re getting married in the summer of fall, than you have the opportunity to collect beautiful wild flowers to press and then later use on your stationary. Press the flowers with heavy books, once pressed flat, glue the pressed flowers to your stationary and seal with adhesive spray. 

Wedding Idea 5: Customized stickers

Customized stickers are a great idea to personalize anything from favors to votive candles. Most crafts stores like Michael’s sell pre-made sticker that all you have to do is print your logo or design onto them.