How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding

Planning an Outdoor Wedding

An outdoor wedding can be incredibly romantic and idyllic, but there are some outdoor specific aspects that need to be considered while planning an outdoor wedding. In this article, we will break down some often overlooked areas of outdoor wedding planning.

Aspects to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

• To Tent or Not to Tent
• Daytime or Nighttime
• Food Service
• Music
• Bathrooms

outdoor wedding venuesTo Tent or Not to Tent

Often times when we picture an outdoor wedding we see beautiful weather and open sky seating. However, Mother Nature does not always cooperate with our plans, and seeing if your outdoor wedding venue has a tented option may be the best way to go. There are various types of tents for outdoor weddings, and while not always exactly what you envisioned, it will ensure that your ceremony is not postponed or ruined by bad weather

Daytime or Nighttime?

While this is a question that you will have to ask regardless of the location of your wedding, there are different situations to consider with an outdoor wedding. For example, a daytime outdoor wedding may lead to people overheating, getting sunburnt, or dehydrated. While a nighttime wedding could have a drop in temperature leading to chilled guests, or an excess of mosquitos or other bugs to pester and interrupt your ceremony. These things will need to be considered, and the possible side effects minimized for your big day


Outdoor food service presents different problems. For example, where is the food prepared? If the outdoor wedding venue has onsite staff and facilities, then it may be possible to include these in your wedding preparations. The other option would be to hire a caterer, and set up a banquet style meal.  You will need to protect the food from bugs, as well as any other outdoor contaminants though, and that can be difficult without proper planning. 


There are a lot of options for music in an outdoor wedding, from live band to DJ. You will need to have a way to protect instruments and equipment protected from the elements. Another thing to consider is local bylaws regarding noise and live entertainment. With an outdoor wedding you may have to end early so as to not break local laws.


An often overlooked aspect of outdoor weddings is restroom facilities. While some outdoor wedding venues come equipped with these, often times they don’t, or they have limited amount.  There is the option to rent portable restrooms, and for a few you can rent high end ones that do not seem like a PortaPotty. Keep the amount of guests, and their age, in mind when making these choices and you will be able to avoid having uncomfortable guests


Outdoor weddings can be gorgeous and romantic, but you will need to be sure that you plan around these factors to ensure your day goes smoothly.