Post # 1
So, for the longest time, we planned on having an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Well, we have a venue now, but after thinking about it, we’ve realized that not only will it be cheaper to rent just the outdoor portion of the venue, but it may also work out better logistically. My main concern with having it solely outdoors is how we’ll set up for dinner. I’m fairly certain (will have to make sure with the venue) that there’s an area the family and wedding party can get together for the pictures away from the rest of the guests. I was really hoping the dinner could start almost immediately after the ceremony to save time with the photographer, but if we have it all outside, I don’t know how they’ll be able to get the buffet set up without distracting from the ceremony.
In addition to this, can anyone give me some general tips, advice on hosting an outdoor event? The floor is cemented, we can use the indoor bar or utilize their outdoor bar. The bathroom is indoors. It’ll be in the evening (start time being about 4:30) and in late September. I do live in South Texas though, so we’re talking 80* roughly. Any ideas as far as large-scale bug repellant? Do you think I’ll need to provide fans or sunglasses? I’m looking for anything you can give me. If there’s anything that needs clarifying, feel free to ask.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
bitsybee: The rain plan would be moving to the indoor area of the venue. I definitely know what you mean about the freak storms. I looked at the weather history and there was no rain last year and we’ll be visiting the venue a year out from our date to get another feel for the weather.
ajillity81: Definitely something to be watchful of. I don’t know what their policy on open flames is or whether they’d allow citronella candles. We’ll have to figure that out. I definitely don’t want anything getting on the food.
Post # 6
- 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
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
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
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.
Post # 10
peonyinlove: lolot: I guess it would be helpful if I posted some pictures. It’s more of a courtyard than a garden or field. Here it is at various times of day: