Outdoor weddings

I am wanting to have an outdoor wedding, but I'm worried it will be more money/stress than I want. I would have to get chairs, water bottles, fans, flowers, some type of music system for the outdoor wedding, plus have flowers ready for the church if it rained (flowers on the pews and flowers up front). Is there any way I can make this easier for myself?

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 1:59 am
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We're renting a big tent in case it rains.  That way the ceremony can be in the same place whether rain or shine and we don't have to worry about moving things and decorating a church.  HTH

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 2:01 am
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My outdoor site said that they don't allow tents...it's right on a golf course and would disrupt the players they said. :(

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 2:04 am
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Sara...  You don't *HAVE* to get water bottles, fans and flowers....  That would save you A LOT!!  I am too, having an outdoor wedding, rain or shine. 


As for the music... If you have a DJ, for not too much more, they can set up an outdoor speaker.  If not, I know this might be cheesy, but get a iPod and have a guest (a family member?) control it ;)


Also, for the flowers...  It's not necessary if you are marrying outside... That's the pure beauty in it... :) 


Don't stress over the little details that others will bypass anyway :) 

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 2:20 am
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I am having an outdoor wedding and I am not doing any of those things. If it rains it will be held inside where our reception will be taking place.  I think the best thing to keep in mind when having an outdoor wedding is keep the time line short for the ceremony. I would not have it longer than 1/2. Our venue will set up the chairs and take them down for us and to have our wedding their it was an additional 100.00 we could not go wrong. No chair renting or anything.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 2:53 am
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Also, dont forget bug spray and sunblock.  I would also love to do an outdoor wedding but food and bugs is whats my biggest concern next to budget.  The cost of everything is adding up really fast.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 3:08 am
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Are you thinking ceremony and reception outside?  Ceremony alone can be just as easy as a church.  I totally agree with misshammy on everything. 


For our outdoor ceremony ~


Rented ~ chairs, white carpet aisle runner


Bought ~ 2 Oak Wine Barrels, 2 small white flower hanging baskets, Iron Arbor & Tulle, DJ set up speakers and wireless mic for the officiant (no extra charge)


Made ~ Fabric to place on top of barrels that the flower baskets set on, reserved chair signs


All in all, no big deal, and it did rain the few days and even the morning of the wedding, but it cleared up and dried out in time, otherwise we would've just moved into the reception area inside.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 8:57 am
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The things you need for an outdoor wedding are DIFFERENT, but not necessarily MORE.  For example, you need far fewer items by way of decoration, because the setting itself is so lovely, and I'll probably skip programs, because they just become litter with no place to go.  I would have some refreshment available for guests who may be waiting awhile in the heat (delays do happen), but it doesn't have to be customized water bottles.  (I'm thinking of a self-service lemonade stand myself, that would probably also have a cold water option.)


You DO have to be willing to accept the possibility of inclement weather.  Of course most outdoor brides (and I daresay most indoor as well) hope for a nice day, but honestly if you would be really, really upset by rain- don't do it outdoors.  Period.  I'm always astonished by the number of brides who really care about this who choose to go outdoor anyway, and then get extraordinarily upset when the weather fails to cooperate.  Outdoors means you've made your peace with either an alternative venue (like your church) or getting married under umbrellas. ;)


If you also want an outdoor reception, and don't want to "go it alone" on all your rentals, vendors, etc., I know in my area there are outdoor venues run by professional companies that offer all the services of more traditional venues, including tables, linens, food, etc.  I suspect there are in yours as well. :)

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 9:01 am
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I had an out door too, and really, no one would have touched water bottles even if they were there. I mean, they went straight to the reception for cocktail hour anyway and there were lots of options there.


We didnt do fans or programs or anything extra either and they werent missed. As far as flowers, we actually SAVED money there, b/c the greenery around us really didnt need much else- We only decorated the little arch and the isle a bit.


Our DJ actually had 2 systems anyway- we looked for that offer in all the DJs we interviewed- The one we went with actually offered it to US, we didnt even have to ask. He had a discrete set up for the ceremony and another one for the reception AND he was much more reasonably priced than the others too.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 9:07 am
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I "respectfully" disagree with misshammy, because it's the little details that make a wedding IMHO.  They don't have to cost more or even a lot...you can DIY almost every single thing you need!  Heck, if I did it...anyone can!  I would skip things like elaborate programs, bubbles...things like that...maybe you could even skip an aisle runner and make a pathway from rose petals from dollartreedirect.com.  If I were you, I'd look at some of the the items being sold second hand on PW.  I've bought tons and tons...and I've sold and given tons and tons. 


 

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 9:13 am
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I am having an outdoor wedding too, and my biggest cost is from the tent rental.  I agree with the other girls, you can save tons of money by DIY stuff. I went with a venue that came with chairs and tables included in the price. My decorations are going to be simple and DIY....

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

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