Having your wedding in the great outdoors is a great way to help your guests enjoy the summer weather — and to help a smaller venue hold a larger amount of people. Taking advantage of the bigger amount of light and the comfortable temperatures of summer is a brilliant idea that can push your wedding from good to great very easily.
But summer weather isn't always smiles and sunshine, and you have to be prepared for the not-so-nice elements of summer for your guests. So if you're looking for a few ways to improve your summer outdoor wedding venue, then here's what you need to know.
1. Hang Your Nets
No matter where you live, it's almost a certainty that you'll have a number of unwanted guests of the insect variety at your outdoor summer wedding. Not only are these small wedding crashers an annoyance, but they can cause problems by getting into food and biting your guests.
The best way to help mitigate these pint-sized pests is to put up insect nets around the base of your enclosed areas, such as seating for the guests and the ceremony area, to ensure that your wedding goes off without too many bites.
2. Read the Sky
Knowing how the sun will affect your wedding reception venue at different parts of the day is important for placing furniture, staging photo ops, and choosing where to have your vow ceremony to ensure that the sun won't be in anyone's eyes.
The best way to determine these things is to visit a venue, like Heart Events, at various hours of the day, preferably with a camera to see how the light plays. If you're having a wedding at sunset, for example, make sure that the seating isn't facing full west.
3. Include Another Option
The beauty of nature is a great backdrop to your wonderful ceremony, but not everyone reacts with joy to the outdoors; between sunburn, insect bites, grass or fertilizer allergies, and hay fever, there's a good chance that a few of your guests will want to get out of the summer weather and into a cooler, more artificial environment for at least part of the festivities.
Including an indoor space — not large enough for the entire party, but big enough to be comfortable — is a great way to be conscientious of the different needs of your guests without having to have two separate venues.
I still remember my first wedding. Because I was in a hurry to get everything done, I just chose the run-of-the-mill option for every aspect of the ceremony. Instead of finding a minister who knew me and the groom, I just took whoever was available. Instead of custom designing my cake, I chose it out of a big, boring book. Unfortunately, all of these design oversights led to a wedding that was really bland. However, that marriage only lasted a few years, and before I knew it, I had a chance to do things again. The next time around, I added special touches that made a big difference. Read my website to find out how to make your wedding better.