Tips to Outdoor Weddings in the Fall

Gorgeous scenery and natural decorations are part of the benefits of having an outdoor wedding. Unpredictable weather and menu planning are a few of the considerations you should make before you set your sights on an outdoor venue. Of course, when it comes to your wedding, you can have it both ways. Sometimes compromise is the way to go.

Outdoor ceremony, indoor reception

Saying your vows with a Rocky Mountain backdrop or in a secluded field or forest may sound romantic, but outdoor venues do not come without their problems. Be aware of the difficulties – or potential difficulties – and plan ahead. Then there will be no reason you can’t have a successful and unforgettable outdoor wedding. As we near the fall wedding season, Colorado weather becomes less predictable. Rain and wind are going to be factors, so make sure that you are planning accordingly. The weather can change throughout the day, which is why many couples who get married in the fall choose to have the ceremony outside, and the reception inside.

Challenges of outdoor wedding ceremony

Keep the ceremony outside but take the reception indoors.

Challenges for an Outdoor Ceremony

You may be blessed with beautiful weather on the day of your wedding, but that doesn’t mean that the ground isn’t wet from previous days of rain. One of the main challenges of an outdoor wedding in the fall is to find solid ground to place your chairs and your ceremony arch.

Look for an outdoor venue that provides a solid foundation to place chairs and set up the ceremony arch and aisle. If your favorite venue is a field, forest, or mountaintop, bring your own solid flooring for the chairs, making it easier for you and your guests to walk.

Another challenge is competing with the wind when you say your vows and perform the ceremony. Make sure you have a secure way to avoid having the words and promises from flying away in the wind, leaving your guests struggling to follow along. Rent audio and be sure to provide electricity, like renting a generator.

Challenges of outdoor fall wedding

Take your reception indoors and rent a tent to avoid weather problems.

Keeping the Reception Indoors

You avoid dealing with two potential problems by keeping your reception inside: keeping the food out of the sun, and not getting rained on while you eat. Not all food is going to keep with the sun shining down. On the other hand, none of your guests are going to love sitting on a wet chair and fighting the rain while they eat. Keeping the reception indoors will give you much more control of the environment, and you’ll be able to plan your menu without having to consider the weather.

If an indoor venue isn’t available with your outdoor ceremony, create an indoor venue with elegant wedding tents.

Talk to Colorado Party Rentals about planning and indoor and outdoor wedding.

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