How To Plan The Perfect Outdoor Wedding On A Budget

You want on outdoor wedding but you’re worried about the price tag attached. I’m here to let you know that you don’t have to be concerned, there are solutions to every problem and we will find it together.

Budget concerns can be one of the most prominent sources of disagreement for a couple, in the process of planning their wedding. The couple may have different ideas about what type of wedding they want, who to invite, where to do it and also about what they can afford.  It is important for the couple to discuss financial constraints before the wedding planning goes too far. You are getting married! You will find issues throughout your life, but you have selected this person to be your partner and they you. You owe it to them to always work your way around issues by conversing. A happy marriage roots from communication.

The first tip for setting a budget and sticking to it is to have a conversation regarding finances well before the wedding planning starts, in earnest.  It is important that everyone involved in the decision making process of the wedding understand just how much money is available to be spent on the wedding, also leave a little room for flex. For my own wedding, I had a 10% flex and used about 4% of it!

Dressing appropriately for the conditions is also important if you plan to have an outdoor wedding.  For example a strapless gown made of a lightweight fabric would not be appropriate for a fall or winter wedding, if the temperatures are usually low at these times of the year.  Likewise a dress with long sleeves and a high neck would not be appropriate for a summertime wedding in a warm climate.  You will want to be comfortable on your wedding day so dress according to the weather. This should not be an overhead though as the cost of this would be similar either way.

Another tip for having an outdoor wedding is to plan your wedding for a time of year that is unlikely to have inclement weather.  It’’s important to give yourself the best possible chance of having good weather for your wedding. Try studying the weather history in the area that you plan to have your wedding and choose a time that has a relatively low chance of snow or rain. Ofcourse, you must be prepared for any scenario so perhaps a Marquee at hand for the day in-case of emergency…it can come out of the flex money we discussed.

In setting up for your outdoor wedding, one important tip is to set up the area where the ceremony will be held in a way that keeps the sun at the guests’ backs.  For example, for a morning wedding, you will want to position the seating so that the guests are facing to the west.  This is important because the sun rises in the east and having the guests facing to the east would result in the guests having to squint into the sun.

If you choose a summertime wedding in a warm climate, be sure to have plenty of drinks available for your guests.  You might want to consider having refreshing beverages such as water and juices available throughout the ceremony and reception to prevent guests from dehydrating. Though this is an additional cost – speak to your caterers or just provide additional simple drinks from grocery stores, get them when they are on offer!

One of the most problematic aspects of an outdoor wedding is the acoustics.  Guests at an outdoor wedding are often unable to hear the proceedings.  Additionally, if a wedding video is made, it often is unable to pick up the words of the officiant or the couple reciting their vows.  For this reason, you may wish to utilize a public address system during the ceremony, to ensure that all guests are able to hear the ceremony or position the seating closer to the stage and run mic checks.

If you have a lot of out of town guests who will be attending your outdoor wedding, you may want to prepare a package to mail to them detailing the weather expectations for your wedding date, so that they can prepare for the trip.  Although the past can be a good indication of what type of weather to expect, you might also want to consider sending your out of town guests a weather prediction update a few days prior to your wedding, in case the meteorologists are predicting unseasonable weather, wouldn’t be the first time it changes.

Another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to not view the budget as restrictive.  If instead of thinking about the things that you can’t afford, you focus on how you can make your wedding and reception truly unique, you will be inspired to create a fabulous and memorable wedding despite your budget constraints. We can figure out how to cut the costs after, just make sure you have a vision in hand.

Still another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to shop around and comparison shop for services.  A limousine company may come highly recommended but if they are not in your price range, don’t be afraid to let them know why you are going to have to choose another company and you may be surprised at how soon they are willing to give you a different offer.

 One final tip for having an outdoor wedding is to try to provide your guests with as much shade as possible.  You can do this by either providing a large tent or canopy for your guests or by choosing a setting with a number of large trees and planning your wedding for a time and date that would ensure an abundance of shade in the area.  Taking a few precautions and planning wisely will ensure that your outdoor wedding is a success.  It is important to make a few adjustments to your usual planning and making provisions that will keep you and your guests comfortable throughout the ceremony and the reception.


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