In search of making my sister’s Tree themed wedding unique, I thought it would be so adorable to use picnic tables instead of banquet tables. You can leave the linens behind and just use runners, or dress them up with whimsical decorations. They are great for a rustic wedding, backyard wedding, garden wedding, and really any where outdoors would look gorgeous.
Choosing to have an outdoor ceremony or reception can be a tricky or scary decision. Despite there are so many things that could go wrong, like rain, there are so many things that could go right, like taking in the beautiful scenery. Here are some tips to get the most out of your outdoor wedding.
Time of Year
This widely depends on the area or location you choose for your wedding, but most places fall into “peak wedding season”. Between May and September are the most popular dates for outdoor weddings, as the weather is nice, and it’s generally warm enough to be outside for hours on end. But, be prepared to pay top dollar for venues, caterers, and other vendors during these months, and be aware that these months book up fast. If you are looking to save some money, but still want the sunny outdoor wedding, consider a Friday or Sunday event as opposed to Saturday. Weekday weddings will save you even more!
Time of Day
Sitting on a plastic chair in the noon sun, in the middle of a field, and in ninety degree heat may not be the most fun for your guest, or even you in layers of fabric. The best time for an outdoor wedding would be early morning, think starting your ceremony at 9 or 10, or toward the evening, think 5 or 6.
Picking the right venue or location for your outdoor wedding is also essential. Look first for somewhere with great views. A mountain top, ranch, small garden, or beach are great places where the scenery only enhances the feel of your wedding. Before you make your final decision be aware of highways, airports or other places that provide white noise that may distract your guests, or keep them from hearing. On first glance the venue may be perfect, but nothing is more annoying then a jumbo jet soaring by while trying to say “I do”.
When planning an outdoor wedding, you should take yours, and your wedding party’s attire into consideration. If it is the height of summer, choose light fabrics and short dresses for the girls. Also, men no longer feel the need to wear tuxes and suites. Create a spin on the tradition by allowing them to wear just the shirt, tie, and nice pants, and adding a pop like suspenders, colored socks, or trendy vest. Stray from being too formal, as formal fabrics may heat you too much, and guests won’t enjoy sweating in their black tie. Finally, nix the veil and opt for a head band, fascinator, or bird cage instead. No doubt there are beautiful pictures of brides with their long veils flying in the wind, but they may become cumbersome during the ceremony.
Find bold colors to stand out against the landscape, and look for decor to complement the space you are already in. For example, use mason jars and tin cans for a ranch event, earthy elements for a mountain wedding, or tea party and vintage furniture for a garden wedding. Have fun and be creative! Perhaps a Carnival or Alice in Wonderland theme will wow your guests. Finally incorporate entertainment into your outdoor affair. Provide lawn games like croquet or corn hole, or set up an outdoor photo booth with frames.
A final word, always have a rain backup! Also keep in mind that rain backups are never ideal. It may not be your perfect set up, but relax and take things as they come. The most important part of the day is the joining of two people into a new life together.
I know so many brides are against the “First Look”. Many want that moment when they walk down the aisle to be the first time their new husband sees them as their own. It’s an incredibly special moment, and when many women dream of their wedding day, this moment is at the forefront.
For others, they choose the first look to make that moment more intimate. You can speak to one another, not have the pressure of 100 pairs of eyes ogling you, and you can be more relaxed in the moment. I know, as a naturally anxious person, I had to see my husband before the main event. I knew I would be a wreck, and getting to see his smiling face before we took “the plunge” calmed my nerves. All my worries fluttered away, along with the butterflies in my tummy. I knew I was on the right track in life.
Or maybe you just want to get all the pictures out of the way before the ceremony. Any reason is a good reason to have or not have a first look, but perhaps you can have the best of both worlds.
I love the idea of blindfolding the groom, so he can’t see the bride, but they can talk, touch, and comfort each other before the main event. This way you can preserve that wow factor of walking down the aisle, while still having an intimate moment before you become man and wife.
Source: Heather Armstrong Photography
Another option I love is the behind the door first look. Same as the blind fold, but slightly less contact.
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
Anyway you choose to see your groom for the first time is the right choice. It’s what makes you feel special and how you imagine your perfect day. If you have to do a first look for time constraints, make it special. Only allow you and your photographers there. Make the moment about the start of your life together, because that’s where step one begins.
I am OBSESSED with this color scheme right now! I’m itching to paint my spare bedroom these colors, buy new bedding for my own bedroom, and make throw pillows for the couch. In other words, I would decorate my whole house in this! Don’t know what it is, maybe the bright and the muted off-setting each other perfectly, but I adore this color scheme. Especially when it comes to invitations and stationary. It looks good on paper folks, but boy does it look good in real life too! I snagged a few table settings, flowers, and dresses to prove that point. Here’s a small sample of images I’ve selected over an hour or so of power Googleing. You can see more and plenty of other great color schemes and wedding ideas by following me on Pinterest. Check out my Home Decor board and you can take in the full extent of my gray and yellow obsession.