Simple Yet Elegant Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies
Every bride dreams of having the perfect fairy tale wedding. What better way to do so than by having it outdoors? Presently, approximately 16% of weddings are destination weddings, and many of these are held outdoors. Outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh, for example, are ample and popular, as they create a simplistically romantic marital experience.
There are many benefits to having an outdoor wedding. Outdoor weddings allow the beauty of nature to be the focal aesthetic point, while ensuring that there will be enough room to invite all of your closest family and friends. The average number of guests at a wedding typically amounts to 136 people; outdoor weddings easily accommodate such large numbers.
While the cost of a wedding typically averages $28,000, outdoor weddings give you an opportunity to get creative and save money by employing simple yet sophisticated do it yourself tactics.
Here are some creative and cost-effective tips for a beautiful and memorable outdoor wedding ceremony:
Mind the Weather
Outdoor wedding venues are beautiful and simplistic settings to marry the one you love. But regardless of the season, outdoor temperatures can dramatically affect the experience of the bride and groom, as well as the attendees. Luckily, there are decorative and relatively inexpensive things you can do to make your outdoor ceremony comfortable, fun and focused on what’s important: love.
In the summer months, make sure guests are cool and hydrated. On the outside of each row of seating, offer bottles of water in ice. Tin washing basins work as rustic yet sophisticated water coolers. Personalized fans are also a functional yet fun way to help keep guests cool. For extra creativity points, put the wedding program on the fan, so guests will leave with a truly unique keepsake.
During the fall and spring, outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh can feel a bit chilly. To shield wedding guests from the chill, offer shawls or blankets that complement the color scheme of the wedding. That way, everyone’s warmth can contribute to your wedding’s overall aesthetic.
Walk down the aisle in style
As any woman will tell you, walking across soft surfaces such as grass or dirt in heels is no easy task. To prevent your bridesmaids’ heels from sinking into the ground during the ceremony, allocate small stepping stones for each of them to stand on. For your female guests, provide heel covers (yes, they exist!) to keep their heels above ground and dirt free.
Take advantage of your outdoor settings by creating a whimsical, yet elegant and simply wedding ceremony arch. Build a simple wooden frame big enough to frame you and your partner and adorn it with white lace fabric, creating a curtain-like effect.
Finally, make your guests as comfortable as possible by adorning outdoor chairs with decorative pillows, making the ceremony both a heartwarming and cozy affair. If you don’t want to use conventional outdoor chairs, bales of hay covered in decorative blankets work well as a creative and affordable outdoor ceremony seating arrangement.
Consult with your venue to see what’s popular and works better. Many outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh offer ceremony ideas and decorations that are aimed to make your special day one to remember!