Outdoor wedding… and reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Lydibug:  Our wedding (in 2.5 weeks!) is going to be entirely outside.  I think the thing that’s key is to have tents or some sort of shading / rain protection.  And if it cools down where you live, be sure to warn people to bring warmer layers.  And of course make sure there are bathrooms, and power sources for music / lights….

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Lydibug:  You could either rent a dance floor or just dance in the grass… we didn’t feel like spending $400 on a dance floor cause a lot of our friends don’t really dance anyway, so we’re just using the grass.

The weather thing is definitely tricky.  We have tents, but we can’t comfortably put all the tables under them.  I’m basically just praying for good weather – even though I’m an atheist, haha.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We rented a tent and a dance floor.  I think if you want lots of people to dance, you should get a dance floor.  But if you are expecting minimal dancing then just have them dance on the grass.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We actually used the covered pavillion for dancing (it had a concrete floor) and had the tables uncovered & under the trees. Does your pavillion have grass or a floor of some sort?   

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

Our wedding and reception will be entirely outdoors. We do have an indoor option on hold just in case of rain. We are not using a pavilion or tent and we are not having a dance floor. But we are not having a DJ, just an Ipod and no planned dances. I’m sure there will be some people who dance though. There is an indoor bathroom for our guests to use.

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@AnnieAAA:  I agree with this, use the concrete pavilion for dancing, buffet, everything that needs a hard surface, and set up your tables on the lawn. Rent a tent as your rain plan if you end up needing one. Our venue was set up this way and it worked great.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I attended a wedding at a villa in Italy (I know!!) that had the ceremony outside, the seated dinner inside, and the dancing ’til dawn outside under the starts on the patio. It was absolutely magical. There were 70 guests. Bathrooms were kind of a pain, since you had to go back to your room, though.

As long as there is a rain plan and a bathroom, I’m really excited by the notion of attending an all-outdoor event.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My wedding is outside and the reception is going to be right beside it in an orchard.  We’re getting married at an old plantation house and farm.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think you should be set with the pavilion.  We had tons of people dance in the grass.  No one minded.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Lydibug:  We had an outdoor wedding in MI this September & it rained very hard. We had a sperry tent without any sidewalls (because they were so dang expensive) and it was fine! The ground definitely got muddy after being trampled, but everything under the tent stayed dry 🙂

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