3 Things to Consider for An Outdoor Ceremony

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3 Things to Consider for An Outdoor Ceremony

3 Things to Consider When Planning An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

 

Lately I’ve been asked to do a lot of flowers, set up and décor for outdoor wedding ceremonies and there a few tips I’d like to share with you to help your day run smoothly.

1. Weather
Think about the time of the year. Will the weather be comfortable for your guests to sit outside? I’ve seen ice water and fans given to guests as they are seated. This is a good way to keep your guests hydrated and cool.
Think about flowers that will be hardy for the outdoors. You want your blooms to hold up to the heat and wind. Hydrangeas arranged in floral foam are sometimes not good options for outdoor ceremonies unless they are placed outside right before your guests arrive.

2. Have a Plan B
If it rains on your wedding day. Does the venue have a back up location? Let your florist know of your alternate location because he/she may have to rethink how to place your arrangements in the new space.

3. Décor
When decorating a gazebo or an outdoor space, give your florist pictures of the venue space. I want to compliment the space with the natural beauty of the outdoors. A lake is a perfect backdrop, there is no need to add very much, maybe an arch to define your space and floral aisle runners. The key is try not to overdo decorations outdoors as they may compete with natures surroundings.
Think about after the ceremony as well. Are there floral décor pieces that can be used indoors for your reception? Also think abut who will be taking down all those decorations. Is it the florist, coordinator, décor specialist, a friend, or the venue?

Happy Planning!
Cathy
Elegant Bouquets, Florist

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