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6 Must Haves for the Perfect Outdoor Ceremony

When you are planning your wedding there are always a few things that might have slipped your mind. Outdoor weddings are growing in popularity and work out great during many of the fall, spring and summer months. Whether it’s a hot summer day or a cool autumn night, there are a few must haves for all outdoor wedding occasions. So, grab your planner and make sure you have these six essentials to pull off the best outdoor wedding for you and your guests!



Fans are a great way to cool off your guests on your special day. There are so many ways you can turn something as simple as a fan into fun party favors. You could use fans as place cards for your guests or even use the fan as the wedding program to keep your guests in the loop of the planned activities!

[Photo Credit: The Knot]


 Bug Resistance

A set back for outdoor weddings in the summertime can be the pesky bugs. You can use torches, bug spray or citronella candles to help keep the bugs away. Candles are great because they look nice and can even be incorporated into your centerpieces. Here is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own citronella candle!

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During the spring and summer seasons, the weather can be tricky when trying to keep your guests comfortable, so providing shade is very important. Tents are great options for shading, especially if rain shows up in the forecast, which is when you pray to Mother Nature! However, since tents can be expensive, another great shading option for your outdoor ceremony are trees. You can always look for a venue with lots of beautiful trees to provide shade as well as aesthetics for your ceremony!

[Photo Credit: The Knot]



I know this one may seem obvious, but keeping your guests hydrated is important, and it doesn’t have to be as simple as just throwing waters into coolers. Providing flavor water is a yummy option for your guests, and it adds a pretty, refreshing aspect to your venue! Another fun way to keep your guests hydrated is attaching name tags to mini water bottles and using them as placeholders for your guests.

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I love this idea for a cooler fall or winter wedding! Fall weddings are beautiful but are accompanied by cooler weather, so providing blankets for your guests is a great way to keep them warm! You can arrange your blankets in many ways to match your décor or even embroider them with your new last name!

[Photo Credit: Wedding Wire / Lovers of Love Photography]



If you are partying into the night after your ceremony, it is important to keep your outdoor venue well lit for you and your guests. String lights work perfect for lighting up the night and call for some great pictures! Some other lighting options that you could consider using are candles, light bulbs or lanterns.

[Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James]


By: Rebekah Raudebaugh