Outdoor wedding venues are open and inviting, but sometimes some unwanted elements enter the scene very quickly. Unlike indoor weddings, outdoor ceremonies are more often at the mercy of Mother Nature. With a little preparation and flexibility, you can still have the wedding of your dreams outdoors. Wedding planners are notorious for contingency planning with specific locales, but if you do not have hired help, be sure to keep a few of nature’s elements in mind.


Many brides may be wearing heavy dresses and veils, along with heavier makeup for photos. No one wants a fainting bride, or one with makeup melting down her face onto the dress. Brides and grooms may consider lighter attire for outdoor weddings in the summer months, along with waterproof makeup. Umbrellas can be bought online or rented, and can provide a nice photographic visual as well as relief from the sun for guests.


While considered a token of good luck on one’s wedding day, rain is still a nuisance with which to contend. Be sure to monitor the forecast for a few days ahead of time, and have plans to bring in a tent, and be sure it has flooring if the rain has already begun. You and your guests will appreciate not sloshing around in the mud in your fine shoes.

Tent rentals could be your most expensive contingency item, but the most important. Rental companies will usually require a deposit of 30 to 50 percent, and then if the tent is canceled too close to the event the full amount could still be owed. Be sure to research the company’s cancellation policy. It might be worth it to still have the tent set up, even if you do not plan to actually have the ceremony beneath it. It could provide a nice congregating space for guests.

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Space heater rentals are available in most cities, and your guests will thank you for providing them if it’s chilly outside. Be sure to opt for an outdoor propane patio heater with a safety switch.


Tablecloth clips can be found online for $5 to $15 a set, which will help keep your table linens in place in case of windy conditions.


Yes, it’s human nature to admire weddings, and outdoor venues such as public parks and beaches sometimes provide the ultimate opportunity for gawkers. If you would like to keep the unwanted guests to a minimum, consider posting a polite sign indicating “private ceremony”. While you can’t keep everyone away this will provide a nice hint.

With a little contingency planning and thinking ahead, outdoor wedding venues can provide you and your guests with an opportunity to connect with nature and witness your nuptials.

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