Eight Planning Tips For an Outdoor Evening Wedding

Are you planning an outdoor evening wedding? There’s something magical about the nighttime skies and wedding celebrations. The stars and the moon serve as the icing on the cake to an already amazing day. To make your evening even more magical, here are a few tips you’ll to keep in mind.

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Consider a Tent

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Though not mandatory, tents are ideal for outdoor receptions. They provide shade from the sun and shelter should it start to drizzle. It gives the vendors like the DJ a designated area to set up and creates a beautiful ambiance.

 

Sparklers Light the Night

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You’ll need all the lighting you can get if you’re going to pull off the perfect outdoor evening wedding reception. In fact, the more lighting, the better. You can use candles, paper lanterns, floating candles, holiday lights, and more. Wedding sparklers offer a way to create light. Adding sparklers to outdoor weddings can make your night magical. Hand out long sparklers or Heart Shaped Sparklers to guests to hold up as you make your grand entrance. Or order bottle sparklers and have wait staff bring them in right before the toasts. Adding sparklers are a sure way to impress your guests while being cost-effective as well. The best place to buy your wedding sparkler is right online.

 

You’ll Need Flooring

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What’s a reception without a dance floor to get your groove on? Since you’ll be outdoors, you’ll want flooring to even out the ground and keep ahigh-heeled guests from digging their shoes in the dirt all evening.

 

Keep Your Guests Comfortable

No matter what time of year you plan on having your outdoor wedding, make sure to keep your guests comfort in mind. In the spring or summer, for example, it may be necessary to rent fans or a portable air conditioner. In the winter or fall, you might need fire pits or space heaters. You might also consider small gestures like having bottles of water or coffee and tea on hand in case your guests need to cool off or warm up.

 

You’ll Need a Backup Plan

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There’s no way to be 100% sure about the weather. The forecast could say sunny and the morning of your ceremony it could start to rain. Always have a backup plan. Depending on which venue you’ve chosen, they may have a ballroom or area you can use in the event the weather isn’t holding up. However, if you’re getting hitched at your house you’ll need to make sure the inside can accommodate your guests.

 

Be Mindful of Food Choices

When it comes to choosing food for your outdoor reception you should be mindful of your choices. This is especially true in the spring and summer. Ordering foods that spoil easily like salads with mayonnaise or foods that could melt like ice cream could result in a disaster.

 

Bugs Beware

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If there’s one thing that could ruin your wedding it’s the presence of bugs. You may not be able to eliminate every bug outside, but it’s ideal to make sure that the venue has pre treated for bugs. If you’re having a backyard wedding and reception, make sure that you’ve done this and consider using citronella candles or tiki torches to help keep bugs at bay.

 

Additional Restrooms

You’ll need to have enough restrooms to accommodate you, the bridal party, the vendors, and your guests. If planning a big wedding, this may mean you will need additional restrooms. The good news is they have very fancy portable restrooms that you can rent for a few hours to accommodate their needs.

Outdoor weddings and receptions are trending winter, summer, spring, and fall. However, as you can see, there are a lot of factors you’ll need to plan for. If you like the idea of getting hitched and celebrating under the night’s starry sky, the above ideas will help make that dream come true.

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