(1) Always Have a Plan B At The Ready! Regardless of the exact location of your outdoor wedding and its weather track record, the bottom line is, when planning an outdoor wedding you are at the mercy of mother nature. Rain, storms, extreme wind or worse are all within the realm of possibility to varying degrees, which is why it’s important to always have a plan B in the event of inclement weather. Hire a tent professional to be at the ready in case of weather trouble, or better yet, opt for an outdoor location that also features a backup, indoor location in the event that something goes wrong.
(2) Time Your Vows Properly: Ideally, at the ultimate moment of the exchanging of vows and the end of the wedding ceremony, you’ll want the outdoor elements to be at their most striking – think sunset, clear skies and natural beauty. An indoor wedding is lighting and climate controlled, and thus timing is not necessarily of the utmost importance. However, when you’re dealing with the sun and sky, timing is everything. Make sure guests and participants arrive on time and that the show is running along smoothly – a wedding planner helps quite a bit when timing is key! Imagine your wedding day is coated with a blanket of snow. It’s a stunning scene, but it can be hard to preserve the snow without getting any footprints. If needs be, don’t be ashamed to take some fake snow and throw it around to fluff up the scenery a little. Just make sure to get an authentic snow machine so that the whole thing to come out tacky. There’s nothing worse than being cold and not even enjoying the view. One of the only things that keeps your heart warm in the cold is the view! Make sure that it’s the best that you can get.
(3) Personally, I couldn’t think of anything worse than an outdoor winter wedding. I used to really want a beachfront wedding growing up. I can’t think of anything more stunning than saying your vows in front of the sun setting into the ocean. I know that I’m not the only one who would like this picturesque view, but at the same time I also have friends who love the cold and the view of the snow literally does it for them. I can safely say that this isn’t the case for me, and it’s worthwhile taking into consideration your guests with these kinds of weddings. I wouldn’t enjoy myself at a wedding where I was too cold to function. I understand how the photos can come out beautiful and make you feel like you’re in a winter wonderland, but maybe save those picture perfect moments for your engagement photos or an occasion where not everyone has to suffer. That being said, you could just bundle up warmly and make sure to have an open bar so that people can warm themselves up the neanderthal way.
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