Monday, November 20, 2017

The Secret to a Perfect Outdoor Wedding is Easier Than You Think

The original article was posted here.


Bob Dylan recently won a Nobel prize for songwriting. And I recently read how Dylan's guitar repair guy bought one of his famous guitars off of him in the late 70s for what I think was $500.
Apparently, Dylan was switching brands. The guy knew the guitar would only grow in value. And he kept it in a safe place and stored in a way to keep the guitar in as good of condition as possible. Because otherwise, the environment would wreck the guitar.
The repairman recently sold it at auction for almost a million dollars.
Not bad for a used guitar.
But the idea of having to go through the enormous trouble to keep a guitar in great shape for 40 years made me think of what you need to do to plan for an outdoor wedding.
Many women have wanted to have an outdoor wedding since they were a little girl. Perhaps they were inspired by a movie. Or a song. Or they have a favorite park. Or frankly just know they can get a good deal on renting the place.
But a wedding doesn't just happen on its own. You have to plan. And in this article, we're going to look at the things you need to be on the lookout for when planning an outdoor wedding.

1. Keep Your Guests Comfortable

The outdoors doesn't come with AC, heating and is not bug-free. So you should think about how to keep your guests comfortable for your outdoor wedding. Even if you are getting married in a temperate time of the year, it can still feel hot or cold depending on the situation. If you are stuck under the blazing sun without any breeze, then even the upper seventies can start people sweating like it's the dessert. Meanwhile, the upper fifties can feel like the Arctic if it's a cloudy day with wind. Providing things such as a tent can help protect against the elements. Plan to invest in fans or heat lamps if the weather may be warm or cold. And of course, make sure that the staff who are setting up the chairs look for things like ant mounds. We live in Texas, and fire ant mounds can pop up anywhere. This shouldn't prevent you from getting married outside, but it's something to remind the staff to take care of.

2. You Need A Plan B

I read a story about a couple who was stuck in traffic driving from their wedding venue to their reception. It was a bad enough traffic jam that everyone was stopped for a long time. They looked at the time. And realized it was time for their first dance. So they got out of the car and decided to dance right there on the highway with stopped traffic. Or at least that's how I heard it. Anyway when you are going to have an outdoor wedding then you need to make sure you have a plan B in case it's not a nice day. The weather cannot be predicted months in advance. And it might not even be rain or snow that would require you need to move inside. The wind might be too strong. Or if you're in an area prone to wildfires, a fire might mean your area is closed down for an evacuation. Or the smoke is too strong. Regardless of the reason, make sure you do have a plan in case you cannot get married outside on the day of the wedding.

3. Wind Is The Forgotten Enemy

Most brides know to plan for rain. But the wind is much more likely to cause issues. So make sure that your tents are tied down. That paper plates and cups for an outdoor reception have a place to be held in place. That your outfits and accessories are wind friendly. And that you talk with your venue coordinator about ideas on how to deal with the wind.

4. Bring The Shade And The Sunscreen

We all want a nice sunny day on our wedding day. But the sun at an outdoor wedding is problematic. It can make people feel hot. It can cause makeup to run if you are sweating. And of course, you can get sunburned. I burn easily. I once got a sunburn when it was about 78 degree outside. So make sure that if you have an outdoor wedding that you have shade for guests. That you have water for them. And to remind them to wear their sunscreen.

5. You Can't Fight City Hall

As romantic as we want our wedding to be, there's legal red tape that has to be dealt with. For example, when we got married, my wife put down her married name on our plane tickets. But she hadn't legally changed her name yet. Thankfully the TSA let us fly with our marriage license. But with an outdoor wedding, there can be more legal stuff. That is permits. Make sure any place that you are getting married has all of the proper permits. Of course, if you are going to have a pop-up wedding, one of the thrills is to just start the ceremony. If you're going to try that, make sure your officiant and pop-up wedding planner explains the risks and how they will deal with it. But if you're having a traditional wedding, just make sure you have your permits in place. That makes it a lot simpler.
Weddings are stressful. Even a simple wedding can make you go crazy keeping track of all of the details. And you can forget that the entire purpose of this is to celebrate the start of a new life with your soulmate.
I recently read that just noticing nature makes you happier. It doesn't have to be a long walk in the woods. Just noticing the tree at a bus stop will do. And I think this is why we're drawn to having outdoor weddings. Plus they can make decorating a lot easier since Mother Nature will have taken care of that for you. And if you use the tips in this article then having an outdoor wedding will be a breeze.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The lemonade stand

Have you seen the insurance commercial with Ice-T? The one where he's watching over some kids selling lemonade.

It starts with everyone stopping to ask "Is that iced tea?". The kids saying "no it's lemonade".

Until it ends with shot pulling back showing the actor/rapper "Ice-T". And now you get the joke.

We really love this commercial. 

It's clever.

Is there some way to play a similar slight of hand joke in your wedding or (more likely) - reception? It's a celebration so make sure to have fun.

If you are looking for ideas or place to store your ideas, check out this:


Cheers,
Mark

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Crews-man saves you moo laah on your wedding

I reading a funny-sad story about a guy who in a single week - lost his id, his wallet and his job.

But to rebound, he came up with a genius way to help him save money.

He opens up his wallet and there is a stern picture of Terry Crews looking at him. Asking "are you sure you need this?"

So if you are trying to save for the wedding. Or deciding on what to spend the budget on ask "what would Terry think?"

And maybe put his glaring face on your cover of your wedding planning binder.


Cheers,
Mark

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Cosplayying honeymoon

Things that make you go hmm.

I was just reading on my gossip blog feed that there is an entire industry around guys paying to watch girls dressed up as comic book characters. For um, some adult video viewing pleasure.

Isn't the Internet great?

Don't worry - I'm not that much of a prude. 

So is this something your groom is into? Would you want to play that type of dress up? 

I know these are things you never think about when caught up in the early romance of your relationship.

But you will need to always find ways to keep things exciting and interesting and fun. And it's harmless.

Meanwhile you might want to think of more traditional wedding fun by looking at color patterns here

Cheers,
Mark


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Do you have a backup officiant

Hey there.

I batch write these emails. I'm writing this while watching NFL pre-game show.

And in NFL one of the most important positions is the backup quarterback. In case the starter gets hurt. Because that can decide if your team is done or not if the main guy gets hurt.

But have you thought about what would happen for your wedding if your officiant failed to show-up? Or got sick? 

This happened at a friend's wedding. The officiant forgot. 

While this is unlikely - you should make sure to have a backup plan. 

And to write this plan down in your planner.


Cheers,
Mark

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

That time you watched Law and Order and forgot to go the wedding

One of our favorite things to do on weekend is watch Law and Order. I love the original series.

We also watch SVU but I can't binge it anymore. Makes me too depressed. But the original with Briscoe, I can watch all day.

An episode, I'm surprised they never did was a murder case over paying for a wedding.

I was reading over on a wedding forum was that the fiance family wanted a $20k wedding but the bride's family didn't have that budget. At most, maybe a few thousand.

And of course there is much arguing.

What to do? 

Well - if the Fi really wants that grand reception, then let them pay. Though I'd rather take the cash to start your life. You can throw a really good party for a couple stacks. 

And whether you are going cheap or Kardashian, you should check out my favorite wedding planning guide.


Cheers,
Mark

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Only a celebrity can name something that sounds like a bad emoji

I just read that Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP is launching a clothing line.

I don't know anything about it. Except it always makes me laugh to see the name of the company.

I mean it sounds like that brown emoji. Or a Christmas character from South Park.

Or you know "worm casts".

What does this have to do with wedding? 

I have no idea.

Something silly to think about. 

Meanwhile if you want to be more serious about your wedding planning, please check out this.


Cheers,
Mark

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