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.