Planning a wedding—especially an outdoor wedding—requires a lot of time. Indoor weddings are a bit easier to coordinate because you can stay put inside for both the ceremony and the reception. However, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you must have a game plan and a few basics to ensure a great experience for you, your spouse, and your guests. These essentials for an outdoor wedding will help you throw a great wedding everyone will remember.
Use a Large Tent
Wherever you are, you should have an outdoor tent to provide shade and weather protection. No one can say exactly what the weather might be like, y’all, and I know I would hate to be stuck outside in the pouring rain on my special day. Not to mention, outdoor tents provide privacy—you want to keep the wedding about you. No one wants outside distractions during the ceremony or wedding crashers at the reception. Fortunately, lots of great customizable tent rentals will meet the needs of your special day.
Use the Best Lighting
Your wedding will likely extend from daylight hours to nighttime, and you can only rely on natural light for so many hours in the day. Therefore, you need to have some lighting in your tent. Use light bulbs, lanterns, twinkling lights, or other special lighting features to add your creative touch. After all, it’s your wedding!
Don’t Skip the Decorations
Similarly, don’t skip out on the decorations. In fact, an outdoor wedding requires decorations. Flowers are a standard decoration that fit any theme. Whether you’re hosting a classic wedding or a themed event, adding some personal flair will create the perfect ambience. I prefer flowers and cute personal touches, but it’s up to y’all to decide what to include.
Get Creative with the Menu
Like everything else in your wedding, the food choices are totally up to you. Whether you’re keto, gluten-free, vegan, or following any other special diet, your guests will eat and enjoy whatever you serve them. So have fun with the menu! Throw in your favorite foods from your childhood or foods you absolutely cannot live without. Naturally, you’ll want to keep your guests in mind and have some options. This goes without saying, but don’t forget the drinks, y’all! Whether you plan on having a dry or wet wedding, be sure to include a variety of foods and drinks that you and your guests will love.
Don’t Forget the Entertainment
DJs, bands, and other entertainment typically need some shade to stay cool during their setlist. They also need power to operate their equipment. Make sure to work out these details with your entertainment. It’s also a good idea to plan out a dance area under the tent. Any form of entertainment will make your special occasion even more memorable.