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How To Plan An Outdoor Wedding

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Outdoor weddings are a beautiful and romantic way to celebrate your love with family, friends, and nature as your backdrop. However, planning an outdoor wedding can be challenging, so it's important to know what you're getting into and how to effectively prepare. Here are a few things to consider when planning an outdoors wedding:


DECOR

One of the biggest advantages of having an outdoors wedding is being able to use nature as your décor.

You can easily go simple and elegant, with minimal decorations that allow the natural beauty of the setting to shine through. Or you could go all out with elaborate décor like flowers, candles, lanterns and other props in order to give the space your own personal flair.


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SHADE

The most important thing to remember when planning your wedding outside is to provide shade for guests, the wedding party, and vendors. This will ensure that everyone stays cool and comfortable throughout your big day. The best way to do this is to make sure there are plenty of places in the shade where guests can sit down and relax while still being part of your festivities.


FOOD

When it comes to food for an outdoor wedding, served is always better. Although grazing tables are aesthetically pleasing and increasing in popularity, the last thing you want is for your guests food to just be sitting out in the summer heat. Consider providing served hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour and served plates during dinner. Although served selections might not be the most affordable option due to labor costs, it drastically reduces flies or insects from swarming around the food.


BACKUP PLAN

Planning an outdoor wedding is always a gamble. Let's face it, the weather in Cleveland is extremely unpredictable; it could snow one day, and the next day its 80 degrees outside. Pro Tip: Choose a venue that has both in and outdoor event space available. Therefore, in the case of inclement weather forecasted for your big day, you will already have a back up plan in place.


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A wedding is a day full of excitement, but it can quickly become one of the most stressful events you'll ever host. If you're planning an outdoor wedding, one thing to make it as stress free as possible is to hire a professional event planner. We’re here for you at every step of this process—from initial planning to day-of execution and beyond! Please inquire here or email us directly at hello@covesakellyevents.com.


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