I am sure there are not many outdoor weddings in the cold, snowy, holiday season. If your heart is set on being outdoors, but the weather is just too cold, settle on a warm indoor venue with excellent window views. You could offer an outdoor activity for the reception, such as a carriage ride, or a fun snowball fight after the rehearsal dinner.
Spring and fall weather conditions can be hard to predict. You may have to work around rain and wind. If possible, rent a large canvas or tent. You’re dress choices, hair styles and decorations should all be adapted to the weather. Use heavy fabric that will be less likely to blow in the wind and notify your hairdresser that the wedding is outdoors.
Summer would seem to be the best time of year for celebrating your vows in the great outdoors. Choose a time of day that will be most comfortable. You might offer fashionable hand fans for the ladies to use during the ceremony. Be sure there are places of shade that your guests can enjoy. You can have the area sprayed a few days before the wedding for pesky flying insects and ants. There are many citronella candle options that are quite pretty and can add to your décor.
Be sure your caterer knows the event is outdoors, so he can plan accordingly. Cooler weather will need to have warm beverages and appetizers available; while warmer weather will need plenty of cool drinks and eats. Make sure your guests are aware of the outdoor environment as well, so they can plan their wardrobe accordingly.
Many people choose to have their wedding ceremony outdoors and reception indoors. This is a great option as the reception area can be used for your ceremony in case of inclement weather. Outdoor weddings may take extra planning and time, but the results are magnificent.