With the right wedding venue and weather, getting married outside adds an element of natural beauty to the ceremony that wouldn’t be possible indoors. Nature can be unpredictable, however, so there’s a little extra planning to be done before the big day. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding.

Prioritize the Guests’ Comfort

One of the best ways to ensure a comfortable, pleasant wedding day for everyone attending is to plan ahead for the time of year. Is the wedding taking place in a hot, sunny month? Be sure to have lots of available shade, and maybe set the time for a cooler part of the day. Consider offering a flavored water station or programs that double as fans. If the wedding is to take place in a colder month, consider adding wind protection and even outdoor heaters. The wedding venue staff will be able to help ensure that everyone is comfortable, no matter the time of year.

Have a Plan B, Just in Case

The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to have a backup plan in case things take a turn for the worse. Find out if the wedding venue has an indoor alternative ready to go in the event of rain. It’s also wise to make sure that the catering staff, decorators, sound personnel, and photographers are all prepared to change locations at the last minute if necessary. Have a “bridal umbrella” on hand so you can protect yourself from rain with a stylish accessory.

Plan Hair, Makeup, and Wardrobes Accordingly

If the wedding day is expected to be hot, windy, or humid, the bridal party and guests should have a look that can stand up to the elements. Discuss the weather forecast with hair and makeup professionals before it’s time to get ready so that they can give the bride, groom, and wedding party looks that will keep looking great for the entire ceremony and reception. This also applies to dresses and tuxedos that may be affected by humidity and wind. Be sure to mention the outdoor element on your invitation so guests are prepared and can dress accordingly.

Consider celebrating your wedding at Gervasi Vineyard. Our award-winning winery resort is home to some of Ohio’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment for wine lovers and families. Explore our signature open-air wedding venue, The Pavilion, with seating for up to 300 guests, stunning views of our vineyard, and a backup plan for inclement weather. Call us today at 330-497-1000 to learn more about our wedding venues and packages.