Wedding Planning

4 Things You Should Know Before You Pick an Outdoor Wedding Venue

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Choosing the right venue for your wedding can literally make or break your event. Unfortunately, most people who start looking for a perfect venue for their wedding are often inexperienced on the subject and don’t know what separates a bad venue from a good one. In this article, we’re going to give you a few pointers to help you find the perfect outdoor venue for your wedding.

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Access to Electricity

One of the most crucial elements in an outdoor wedding is access to electricity. You don’t only need to know if there is a power source, but you should also know how many electrical outlets there are on site.

If the venue doesn’t offer electricity, then you might have to consider renting generators for the event. And if you intend to have a live band perform at your reception, then it would be wise to rent a generator anyway, as a precaution. The last thing you want is for a fuse to blow midway through the reception.

Will there be Sufficient Lighting on Site?

You have to make sure that your guests aren’t in the dark once the sun sets. Not only do you need lighting inside the barn and dining area, but also around the property so you can keep the pathways sufficiently lit. Rustic outdoor wedding venues often have older pathways, which may have cracks or be uneven; you don’t want your guests to hurt themselves coming to and from the main area.

Consider the Weather

The weather on your wedding day will have a huge influence on your logistics. For instance, if it’s an open area and the day is set to be unusually hot, then you might have to bring umbrellas for extra shade. A lot of barns tend to be drafty and cold, especially during fall, so you may have to invest in a space heater. And if it’s in the winter, you also have to make sure that the roof doesn’t leak. While this may sound crazy, heat from inside the venue can easily reach the ceiling and cause snow to melt and seep through.

The type of venue will also affect the choice of clothing as well. If you pick an open area and it’s 100 degrees outside and humid, then you might re-evaluate your choice of fabric and colors. If it’s too hot, a black tux for the groom and groomsmen might not be the best idea. If it’s cold, then you might want to layer your bridesmaid with a shawl or pashmina.

What is the Restroom Situation?

Restrooms are extremely important for any outside event. Parents have children to take care of, guests might want to do some touch ups, and people will be drinking and dancing all night long; so, make sure that you know how many restrooms there are on site – if any. If there aren’t enough restrooms, you might consider renting a few porta potties or a restroom trailer for your guests.

Conclusion

All these tips should help you pick a great venue and plan your wedding accordingly. Make sure that you know exactly what to expect so you don’t end up with unpleasant surprises during your event.

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