Switching wedding to Outdoor Only, tips?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

HonoraryNerd: fans and misters, lots of bottles of off & citronella candles everywhere and letting your guests know way in advance. 

Also, what’s the rain plan? I know it’s south Texas but there might be freak five minute thunderstorms. 🙁

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i went to an outdoor only wedding reception, the dinner part was under a tent.  despite cintronella candles, bugs were everywhere, especially these little fleas.  my food looked peppered with them.  it was disgusting.  

so just be careful about bugs

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Have a lot of shade and chairs under the shade (we had two large tents where most of the tables and chairs were located).  It’s also nice to spread some tables and chairs around the rest of the outdoor area if you have extras, especially in shaded areas. Keep the drinks in the shade, obviously. Put some bottles of sunscreen and big spray out in an obvious place. Make sure you have enough outdoor lighting… If your guests can’t really see where other people are, the party will start to fizzle after dark. Also give people a heads up about all the weather potentials and remind them to bring a jacket / cardigan / shoes that are ok on grass. (at least we needed extra layers – it cools down immediately after sunset in the Rockies – but I think the South may be different.)

I love outdoor weddings! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

we’re having an entirely outdoor wedding too – i’m so excited! as far as bugs go, we’re having the property …fumigated isn’t the right word, but having an extermination company come and fog the woods and fields to eliminate mosquitoes the week before. maybe look into that?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

lolot brings up one of the most important factors in a successful outdoor wedding and that is shade.  What is your plan there?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would also have something like the ThermaCell outdoor mosquito repellant lanterns around to keep bugs away.

In terms of the buffet, they could set up the tables and such for it and then just add the food right after the ceremony.

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