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Parks, beaches and gardens are just a few of the prime locations for outdoor weddings. Outdoor weddings are more popular than ever. Wedding industry researchers report that up to one-third of all weddings in the U.S. now take place outside.

An outdoor setting adds a great deal to a wedding. Choice outdoor locations offer natural beauty, the ability to accommodate nearly any size group, and an informal yet elegant style to the event. However, because the wedding is outside, there are special considerations to keep in mind. Here are our top three:

1. Weather and Wind

You cannot control the weather but you can plan for it. Everyone hopes for clear skies and moderate temperatures with low humidity. That does not always happen. Make sure your outdoor plans have an indoor escape ready should the weather fail to comply. That indoor plan could be an adjacent building on site, or even a park shelter or festival-type tent.

If your outdoor wedding is likely to be in a hot and humid location, be considerate of your guests. For example: ushers could hand out chilled bottled water as guests are seated; the wedding program could be printed on a paper fan; or you could have a “sunscreen station” for guests to use.

Wind can be just as disruptive as rain. For outdoor weddings, wind can: make a mess of tablecloths and settings; catch and blow a bridal veil; make an exquisite hairstyle a windblown disaster; and, make outdoor photography of the wedding party difficult to accomplish. For these reasons, some couples will opt to have the ceremony outside and move the reception indoors.

2. Background noise

You might not be thinking about the sound of breaking waves at the beach, or wind whistling through the trees in the park. Every outdoor location will have its own type of background noise that, for your guests, could make your wedding vows difficult to hear. Consider renting an audio sound system that uses lapel clip-on microphones, and speak clearly and loudly.

Additional background noise could come from activity close to where the marriage will take place. For example, let’s say your outdoor setting is in a community park. You learn, however, that not far away on nearby ball fields, a large softball tournament will be held that same weekend. Cheering crowds, lots of traffic, and plays at home plate might not mix that well with the ambiance of a wedding. The best advice is to make sure you’re aware of how adjacent park facilities might be used during the wedding.

3. Insects and allergens

Outdoor weddings are susceptible to many factors that indoor settings avoid. Bugs and allergens are two prime examples. For bug control (mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, etc.), a pest control specialist can create a no-fly zone by treating all areas in which bugs like to crawl and hide. Such treatments last 4-6 weeks and are harmless to humans and pets. Before moving ahead with such a treatment, check with whomever is responsible for your outdoor site. Perhaps they’ve already done such a treatment, or a permit is required.

Allergens could be an issue for some of your guests, so be ready. One idea is to have a supply of allergy relief tablets available at the reception.

Outdoor weddings are a wonderful alternative to an indoor event. They offer beauty, solitude, and a unique setting that can match the style of the couple getting married. However, outdoor weddings require a deep level of thinking and advance planning due to the many variables that the outdoor environment can deliver.

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