Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Authored by: Jim Emerson
June 25, 2010

So you’re thinking about having an outdoor wedding ceremony. Great, but with the wonders of the great outdoors adding so much ambiance to your wedding, comes the concern that the weather gods might not cooperate and shine on your special day!

An outdoor wedding does present some unique considerations. However, with planning and some assistance from the following tips, you can pull off the perfect outdoor wedding – one that you and your guests will enjoy and fondly remember.

Have a backup plan. We are all too familiar with “Murphy’s Law” or the old saying about the “Best laid Plans”. Whether you are thinking of having your ceremony in a public park, country estate, or you own back yard, choose a location that has the option of indoor or outdoor facilities… just in case.

Keep it simple. Since ‘Mother Nature’ is a key consideration as to why you are even planning an outdoor wedding, keep all aspects of your day short, sweet and simple. For example, when it comes to decorating the area, keep your embellishments to a minimum. After all, you don’t want to conflict with the beauty of the great outdoors.

Consider the logistics. Before you finalize the location, consider the comfort of your guests. You have a contingency plan based on inclement weather, but what if the day is perfect but extremely hot? Is there sufficient shade for your guests to get out the sun? Is the area easily accessible by your guests, including those in wheelchairs? Is there even a slight possibility of a problem with the local insects (e.g. mosquitoes)? As most of the popular outdoor venues are open to the public, is there sufficient parking close by for all your guests? These are all factors that should be considered if you plan to exchange vows on a local beach.

Know the rules. Most public locations have special regulations that are unique to outdoor ceremonies. Ensure that the professionals you have hired are aware of any restrictions that might impact the wedding day and that they are experienced in servicing an outdoor wedding. Musicians, caterers, photographers and even your Officiant need to be aware of any limitations, or opportunities, that an outdoor wedding might provide.

Even with some potential challenges, careful planning of your outdoor wedding ceremony and armed with a contingency plan, you can look forward to the enjoyment of a memorable outdoor wedding celebration!

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Reduce Wedding Day Stress by…

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
June 15, 2010

As your special day approaches, it is totally normal to feel anxious, nervous and a little overwhelmed. With all of the organizing, sticking to a budget, maintaining good relationships with family, friends, spending time with your fiancé, and prospective in-laws along with a seemingly never-ending wedding to-do list, it is no wonder most brides feel a “little stressed out”.

While the details of your wedding day need to be addressed, it is important to focus on why you are getting married rather than on how the day will unfold. Yes, planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful things you will ever be involved with, but it doesn’t have to be if you remember the following:

Don’t lose sight of what really matters

Don’t get caught up shouldering the responsibility for every detail of your day. We are not suggesting that you leave things to chance. We do however, suggest that you share the responsibility with your fiancé, family and friends so that you can concentrate on the most important component of your wedding – which is you being calm and relaxed. After all, you have family members and friends who are more than willing to help whenever possible – so let them

When planning any event, especially one as personal and intimate as your wedding, there are bound to be some things that don’t follow the original “game plan”. You have made all the necessary arrangements and contingency plans just in case, so accept the fact that there is nothing you can do about the weather or about your cousin who arrives just as you are about to walk down the aisle. Just smile, and roll with the punches!

Take time for yourself and your fiancé

The best recommendation is to spend less time on the small details of your wedding plans and more time caring for yourself and your fiancé. Proper diet, sufficient sleep and regular exercise are all important ways to relax and unwind.

Remember why you are going through this process in the first place. It’s not to organize a dinner party but to marry the person you plan to spend the rest of your days with. Take the time to discuss the details of your wedding but don’t forget to talk about other things as well. Communicate with each other about how you feel and share any dreams as well as your wedding day concerns with each other.

Enjoy the Process; Embrace the Day

Try not to take everything too seriously. Laughing is a great way to relieve tension and reduce the stress you may experience prior to your wedding day.

At the end of the day, the most important aspect of all your planning is that you will be marrying the man you love. If you remain focus on that, you and your fiancé will enjoy a unique and intimate wedding day filled with treasured memories that will stay with you forever.

Follow along at our blog.  We post lots of content that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, wedding day.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.


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I Wish We Could Invite You, but…

Authored by: Jim Emerson
June 4, 2010

Most wedding couples today are on a very tight budget and are looking to reduce costs wherever possible. Since catering is traditionally the largest component of the wedding budget, it seems like the best place to start. You know that 250 guests are too many, but how do you pare down your list without offending your oldest high school friend or favourite aunt? Truth be told, most can’t afford to invite everyone to the wedding, so trimming the guest list is a necessity not an option. But where to start…

Begin by compiling a list with your fiancé of potential wedding guests and put each guest into category A or B. The A’s are the absolutely must-invites and most likely include family and your closest friends. The B’s are the other people you would like to invite. Now reduce your B list by asking yourself some of the following questions: “When last have you seen or spoken to this person?”; “Would having this person absent or present at your wedding significantly impact your enjoyment of the day?” Answers to such questions will help you make your decision.

The following ideas will also help develop your guest list:

• Make your reception “An Adults Only” event, thereby cutting out all those under 16 years of age.

• Invite singles without allowing them to bring a date or partner – seat them in such a way that they will have an opportunity to mingle with other singles.

• Don’t feel obligated to invite co-workers or business associates.

• It is natural to feel disappointment at not inviting all your friends to participate at your reception. This does not however, precluded them from attending the ceremony.

• Don’t invite guests just because you were invited to their wedding.

• Book your reception at a smaller venue that only caters to limited size groups.

Your good friends will understand the choices you have made and will support and celebrate with you at your wedding ceremony and not make you feel guilty because of financial limitations.

Follow along at our blog.  We post lots of content that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, wedding day.

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