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6 Tips for Managing an Outdoor Wedding

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After this long brutal winter, many people are choosing to tie the knot outdoors to celebrate the upcoming good weather. While this might seem like a logical, fun option, there are still a few things to consider when you are planning an outdoor event.

THE WEATHER

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The weather is the biggest concern but not the only one when it comes to an outdoor wedding. It’s important to have an alternative venue or plan in place in case of rain or other bad weather. July and August are the two driest months of the year in most states, so picking a date in that period will up your chances of having a rain free wedding day. A tent or gazebo can be a great way to keep guests dry should it rain.

One good way to know what to expect is to pick up the Farmers Almanac, which offers long range weather forecasts as well as weather histories. The almanac even has a specific section for wedding planning so you can pick the ideal day to get married outdoors.

HIGH HEELS AND GRASS

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Even if you don’t actually have any problems with the weather, there are other things to consider. This about this; what happens to high heels when a girl walks on grass? As you probably know, they pretty much turn into tent stakes. Unless you want your wedding party stumbling down the isle, you need to make sure that the grass is covered, or the guests are wearing appropriate footwear in order to make it down the isle without getting stuck.

BUGS, BUGS, BUGS!

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Next, don’t forget about bugs. With summer comes mosquitoes and other biting insects. A good option for wedding favors is insect repellant packets for all the guests, so they can stay bug bite free. For seating areas, mosquito netting can be incorporated as a clever and protective design. Finally, repellant candles can be set up in order to keep mosquitoes and other insects away. This is particularly important if the event is happening in the late afternoon/early evening as that is when mosquitoes are likely to come out in droves.

SHADE

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Creating a spot for shade will also be a necessity unless you want your guests passing out from heat stroke. Hours in direct sunlight could leave guests sunburned and dehydrated. Make sure to offer lots of water and shade so guests can stay cool.

DRESS CODE

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Make sure guests dress for the venue. A wedding at an outdoor park might be a bit more formal than a beach wedding, and for good reason. Beach weddings have a tendency to get sandy and hot, which is why attire should be lighter and more comfortable than a wedding that occurs in a more climate friendly place. Guests should be fully apprised of the outdoor venue so they know how to dress for the event.

ALLERGIES

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Did you know that 3% of the population is allergic to bees? Nothing will spoil a wedding like a guest going into anaphylactic shock following a bee sting. If there will be a lot of flowering plants nearby, then it might not hurt to have some epi-pens on hand to help guests who might have an allergy.

When planning an outdoor wedding, you need to make sure that you plan for every contingency, not just rain. Make sure you have adequate covering for food and table settings, as well as plenty of shade for guests.

With the right amount of planning, you can be sure your outdoor wedding with go off without a hitch.

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