Post # 1
My Fiance and I are thinking of having a informal ceremony at a park. I have a few concerns about this :
– How will it look to have 180 people just standing around while we get married
– How long will the ceremony be (non-religious)
– What if it rains
So I am hoping there are other brides out there who have had an outdoor wedding and can put some input as to what their backup plan was and how their ceremony came out.
Post # 3
We’re doing this in March but it’ll be later in the afternoon about 30 minutes after the park “closes” and we’ll only have 30 guests. Our ceremony is mostly non-religious, we’re just having a prayer and even now we’re considering making it more spiritual rather than semi-religious. We anticipate ours to be around twenty minutes though. And ours is in a gazebo so if it rains but isn’t windy we’ll still have it there. If it rains and is windy, we’ll move it to the restaurant where the reception dinner is. One night I went through the Farmer’s Almanac weather history for our date though and for me it was reassuring (only twice since 1982 has it rained at all and those two times were only drizzle and/or fog).
Post # 4
Let’s start at the start here:
- Having “standing room only” is just fine, but you might want to provide some chairs for elderly or disabled guests. Have you thought about turning into a picnic style wedding and spreading big blankets on the ground rather than asking people to stand?
- The ceremony is as long as you want it to be! That’s totally up to you, your Fiance and your officiant. Our ceremony (non-religious & also outdoors) was about 10 or 15 minutes long. We actually wanted it shorter but our officiant wanted a bit more meat to it so that we could create “lasting memories”. Our officiant gave us samples of ceremonies he’d done before, and we sort of mish mashed it all together to create our own plus added a few other things in including our own vows.
- HAVE A BACK UP PLAN!!!!!! Do NOT rely on it not raining! Have some sort of a plan B/rain plan!!! We had a tented reception, so our plan B was just to do it under there, or the other option would have been an art gallery space that was available at our venue (but not for free, hence the use of the tent).
It did rain at our wedding, albeit during dinner, but it could just as easily could have rained earlier in the day. My sister also planned on getting married outside, but it rained all day so she got married in her reception space. Is there a little pavillion at the park or something like that? It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to have a roof!
Post # 5
We had an outdoor ceremony and rented chairs for our 150 guests.
We had about a 10 minute ceremony, non religious.
We didn’t have a backup plan, so we were lucky when we had a beautiful 80-degree day with sunshine… I had purchased matching umbrellas for the bridal party in the event of rain. Thankfully I was able to return them!
Post # 6
We got married outside as well!
-agreed that you should at least provide some sort of seating for guests – Ive seen really cute ideas with blankets (like bakerella suggested) or even hay barrels!
-your ceremony can be long or shot, however you would like – we had a friend be our officiant and our ceremony including processional and recessional was about 15 minutes – especially if you are going to have guests standing you should try to keep it on the shorter side
-have a backup plan for rain!! It rained all day long the day of our wedding but luckily stopped raining about 3 hours before our ceremony began so they were able to keep the chairs dry for our guests….but we had to come up with a rain plan just in case!
Post # 7
@tranquility: If picnic tables are provided at the park,use them!!! Maybe use white tablecloths (can get nice ones at Dollar Tree) to cover the tables,to make it look more wedding-y. Good Luck!
Post # 8
I’d for sure have a Plan B just in case of poor weather and to save you stress. But it can totally work. 🙂
Post # 9
I think it would look fine to have people standing for the ceremony, but as a guest I wouldn’t be too happy about it. Even if it’s a really short ceremony (15ish minutes) people will get there early and have to stand around. I’d make sure your guests know that they won’t be sitting so they can pick their shoes accordingly.
Definitely have a backup plan in case of rain. When picking a venue, we didn’t even consider it if it didn’t have a plan b available, I would just stress out way too much!