Sometimes when planning a wedding it can be difficult to settle on a location that you both like, that fits your budget and is plausible. Before you can even begin to decide what venue to go with, you first have to decide if you’d like your ceremony and reception to be indoors or outdoors. There are pros and cons to having an outdoor wedding, but once you choose to have it outdoors, you should begin planning certain aspects to be sure that it is as comfortable and beautiful as you imagine!
Having an outdoor wedding can be absolutely beautiful, especially if it has a nice backdrop. At Indian Creek Country Club, our manicured golf course is the perfect backdrop for your ceremony, reception and photos. Finding an outdoor venue that fits what you are looking for and matches the aesthetic of your decor and theme is an important first step when planning your outdoor wedding. With an outdoor event, there are sometimes some things you need to plan for that not everyone thinks of. You need to make special arrangements and decisions that you might not have to make if you have it indoors. Here are some tips on planning your outdoor wedding.
Think about bugs
If you are having your celebration during the warmer months in which case you could be bombarded with bugs, it is important to take that into consideration beforehand. If you are able to, treat the space for bugs before the wedding. If your venue allows for it, have the site bug proofed professionally in order to keep the bugs at an absolute minimum during the reception. Another way to combat this is by using a good amount of citronella candles or other citronella products like tiki torches. This will also be a great way to add to the ambiance.
Decorate with nature
Since your wedding is already taking place outdoors, using nature decorations is a great way to tie everything together. You don’t have to overdo it, or make it an entire nature themed wedding, but adding in a few decorations that tie elegance with nature is a great way to keep things cohesive. This could be as simple as using tree branches in your centerpiece or using extra flowers.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a great way to create some contrast in your outdoor wedding is by using very elegant items. Consider playing with different textures with rugs and table cloths. See if there is a way to hang a very elegant chandelier or lights from the trees. You can hang beautiful curtains or haul in some textured antique furniture. With your outdoor space, your options are pretty endless.
Have a backup plan
The one thing that most people think of when they are planning an outdoor wedding is having a backup plan. The downside to mother nature is that you cannot control the elements. This means that on your wedding day it could be pouring rain, extremely windy, unusually cold among other things. This means that you should have a solid backup plan that can be implemented at any time given the weather does not cooperate on your special day.
Indian Creek Country Club has covered outdoor areas, which means that can be utilized if necessary when weather is not fully cooperating. If it is a bit more severe and the ceremony or reception needs to be moved indoors, that is absolutely possible. You should have some items on hand in case the weather decides to act up. This could mean umbrellas, ponchos, an extra pair of shoes and anything you would need to move the party indoors.
Planning an outdoor wedding does not need to be stressful as long as you are prepared for all of the elements that could be thrown your way. Contact us at the Indian Creek Country Club to start planning your beautiful outdoor wedding!