Garden wedding ceremonies are beautiful and romantic. But they do involve some logistical challenges that indoor weddings don't have to deal with. What are these? And how can you create a more perfect outdoor ceremony in the summer? Here are five tips to help you.
Don't Let Flowers Sit
Most couples want to get the wedding venue set up as soon as possible so that everything is in place long before guests arrive. But if you're doing things outside in the sun, avoid scorching your flowers in the sun. Save bouquets and floral arrangements in the cool and under shade until less than an hour before the wedding. They'll all look better and last longer.
Keep Bugs Away
Nothing will distract guests and make your day unappealing quite like an insect invasion. Check with the venue to determine what types of insects like the flowers around your garden ceremony, and then find natural repellents. Keep food away from the ceremony so that it doesn't attract bugs. And if necessary, have the area professionally sprayed for insects long before the big day.
Avoid Unnecessary Heat
If you choose a garden ceremony at a venue like Pristine Chapel Lakeside in the summer, be realistic about the amount of heat you'll be dealing with. You may want to skip that large ballgown, long sleeves, and lots of undergarments. Instead, opt for a light, flowing dress made from a breathable fabric. Opt for comfortable sandals for your bridesmaids to keep them cool as cucumbers. And use powders and foundation bases that will help keep everyone dry and matted in the sun.
Summer weddings in the sun can also scorch wedding guests. So be kind to them by providing cold water, lemonade, or other nonalcoholic beverages for guests waiting for the festivities to get started. You can use simple water bottles in large ice buckets, or you may want to class things up by serving refreshing beverages in decanters, clear pitchers, or glass containers with spigots.
Be on Time
Are your guests melting outside? Then be a good host and start your wedding on time. Confirm wedding day appointment times with all vendors, including the transportation, hair and makeup, and the photographer so everyone sticks to the schedule. Plan for sufficient time for each stage of preparation. And don't over-schedule your own morning, letting go of last-minute items rather than trying to squeeze them in.
Implement these few easy suggestions to make your summer garden wedding ceremony a hit with you and your guests while ensuring it's a beautiful lasting memory later on.