If you are having an outdoor wedding in Nebraska, you are a brave soul! Seriously. Outdoor weddings are absolutely beautiful if you can get past the risk of ever-changing weather. I couldn’t do it personally (White wedding dress + rain? No thanks!) but we are all for outdoor weddings if you are! 😉 Especially when you follow these 3 tips for taking them to the next level!
1. Keep your guests comfortable
There is a pretty small window of comfort for an outdoor wedding. Probably the most ideal scenario is if there was a high of 80 degrees and minimal wind. (PS: Wind is brutal!) A ceremony around 4 or 5 pm would end up being in the upper 70s and when dancing starts the temps would be in the lower 70s. Just in time to prevent your guests from getting *too* sweaty. Perfect!
Since we have to work around mother nature, you should be prepared to accommodate a few different weather scenarios! Create fans out of your wedding programs and provide plenty of water when it’s hot and sunny out, offer umbrellas or a tented space if you’re in a rainy season, or scarves or blankets when it’s a bit chilly. Keeping your guests comfortable and happy makes for a fun and lively wedding day!
2. Splurge on pretty chairs and flowers
The great outdoors makes for a pretty backdrop but you’ll need to put a little extra effort in incorporating your wedding colors! The wide open space makes it easy for your decor to be dwarfed in comparison to the abundance of green things outside so if we had to choose 2 things to invest in, they would be gorgeous flowers and beautiful chairs. Bonus: They will give your wedding a very luxe feel! To top it all off, add some string lights if you want the party to go past sunset!
3. Get some Extra Help
Outdoor weddings and DIY weddings usually go hand in hand. They involve more effort because your venue is more of a blank slate than your average venue and you won’t have the same size of staffing that you would at an indoor wedding.
Normally, you save a lot on venue costs when you have an outdoor wedding! But that means you will need to have some extra hands to do the tasks that venue staff would normally do – setup tables and chairs, cut the cake, clean up and more! If your caterer does not provide serving staff, find someone to set out food, bus tables, refill water, and wash dishes. There are a lot of extra pieces to think about for an outdoor wedding so be sure to cover it all!
If you are in need of some extra help (see #3) or want some help with taking your outdoor wedding to the next level, we are booking for 2017 now!
Photo by Katelyn James Photography