Tips and Ideas For
An Outside Wedding Idea

An outdoor wedding can be unique, elegant, and a lot of fun. If you are looking for an outside wedding idea we can help!

This type of wedding allows you to do some neat things that you can't do with a traditional inside wedding. Being able to get married in the fresh air under the warm sun or night sky has a certain mystique about it that can't be matched by an indoor wedding.

Below is the who, what, where and when for an outside wedding idea.

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Who Should Have An Outside Wedding

Anyone that dreams of having a wedding in a garden, under a tent or anywhere else outside should definitely consider it. They may, however, not be right for everyone.

There is a certain amount of unpredictability with an outside wedding. Weather can play a large part in determining the outcome of your wedding. There are generally more things to coordinate when planning this type of wedding which may or may not be a problem for you.

The general rule is to have a solid backup plan. This will alleviate most concerns about weather.

Location, Location, Location

There are many excellent locations to consider for an outside wedding idea. Here are a few:
  • A tented wedding affair is hard to beat. Having your reception under the stars is about as romantic as it gets, and they are also a lot of fun.

  • Many Bed and Breakfasts and Inns have gardens and other outdoor areas that work perfectly as well as larger hotels and resorts.

  • If you have enough space to pull it off, a backyard wedding can be a great option and potentially help lower your budget.

  • Beach Weddings allow you to tie the knot with your feet in the sand.

  • Many cities and towns have public parks that can be rented for weddings.
As mentioned above, have a contingency plan in place in case of bad weather. If the location you are considering doesn't have an indoor location available, find a nearby indoor location or choose another outdoor location for your wedding.

Choosing A Season

Obviously you would not want to have your outside wedding idea in the middle of winter in Michigan. Generally speaking Fall, Spring and Summer are the best seasons. Winter is a possibility in warmer places like Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Fall is the most popular option for an outdoor wedding in many regions of the US. The temperature is usually just about right, and being outside lets you and your guests enjoy the fall foliage and other harvest-season highlights.

In Spring you will get to enjoy flowers as they are just starting to bloom and generally mild temperatures. Summer is also an option, however in most parts of the US you run the risk of it being very hot on the day of your wedding.

Outdoor Wedding Attire

Most brides choose traditional, formal gowns for an outside wedding. Something to consider is the season of your wedding which may influence the type of dress you choose for yourself or your wedding party.

Also a growing trend is to have a formal dress for the ceremony and another dress for the reception. What you decide will be based on what is important to you and the overall style of your wedding.

For beach weddings, many brides opt for a less formal tropical wedding dress, however it can still be acceptable to wear a more formal gown.

The groom and groomsmen may wear casual suits or linen pants and white or tropical shirts for beach or tropical weddings. Traditional tuxedos are still the most popular choice for tented and more formal affairs.