Post # 1
Hi Girls. I’m looking for suggestions or recommendations from anyone who has been in a similar situation. I’m getting married next July, both the ceremony and reception will be outdoors. The reception will be in a big tent by a lake but the ceremony will have to be on the lawn of the hotel somewhere. My eyes are super sensitive to light, to the point where I can’t go outside without sunglasses (cornea problem). I know, you’re all probably thinking I’m crazy to get married outside but it’s such a beautiful location and that’s the only option unless we spend a bunch more money to rent a room inside the hotel. The ceremony will be at 4pm so it’s not like the sun will be directly over us but I know it will still be a problem for me and I am not wearing sunglasses! One idea I had is to possibly rent a small pop up tarp or some sort of covered archway but I don’t want to go to any big expense. Does anyone have other ideas? I guess I should start practing being outside without sunglasses and see how that goes…
Post # 3
What about some large umbrellas? (Like what you would use at the beach). I think you could position them to block the worst of the light, and I’m thinking even if you can only find them in crazy colors, you could probably spray paint them white. The paint might even help them block more light. I’ve seen them online for about 15-20 dollars, and you might be able to find them on sale for less.
Also I would go to the venue at the time of day your ceremony is and take a look at where the sun is, and where you could set something to block it- at 4 in the afternoon it may be low enough in the sky that a regular tent would do nothing to block it. You might need to look at screens or hanging panels or something depending on how high or low it is.
Post # 4
If you don’t want to wear sunglasses, how about regualr glasses or contacts? Have you been to see a doctor to find out your options?
I’m like you, my eyes hurt so much when I’m in the sun. It’s a shame because my cubicle has a window, and I have to keep the blinds drawn almost all the time 🙁
Post # 5
I saw a beautiful picture of a couple getting married under two trees- the branches formed an arch above them. If there are trees at the site, maybe you could do something like that and be married in the shade?
I’ve also heard of couples making/ buying arches covered with fabric to be married under- it might provide enough shade.
Good luck, I hope you find something that works!