Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Outdoor Fall Weddings
Happy Wedding Wednesday folks! Today we’re here to talk about one of our favorite times of the year in Vermont, fall. Fall weddings can be some of the most breathtaking, especially here in New England. Much like weddings at any other time of year however, there are some key points to consider during your planning process!
Our friends over at brides.com have put together some great tips that we wanted to send your way today. Check out our Top 5 below!
Do avoid big football and baseball weekends
Otherwise, you may find half your guests huddled around the TV inside instead of outside dancing! “I’ve had entire weddings organized around a particular team’s schedule, and that’s not always a bad idea,” says wedding and event planning expert Sandy Malone. “In one extreme case, I had to get on the roof and disconnect the satellite in the wedding villa to make the bride’s father believe we’d lost the signal the day of a big horse race, or we never would have gotten his daughter down the aisle on time.”
Don’t let leaves become a hazard
Lynn Jawitz, owner of Florisan Wedding and Event Design in NYC, warns against the danger of wet leaves at your outdoor fall wedding. Why? Because they’re slippery! “If you’d rather your guests not break a leg or a hip, make sure any surfaces you’ll be walking on are safe in or after the rain, particularly tiled patios and leafy paths.” She also suggests having your florist check out the wind situation, especially for tall pedestal or tripod ceremony pieces. “Use flexibility in bringing them down to earth if necessary.”
Don’t choose a venue where the ground is all dirt
In case the weather literally rains on your parade! “Having a tent is one thing, but the ground is an important factor to consider too,” note wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California. “You don’t want a dirt covered first look and grumpy and dirty guests.”
Do warm guests up with drinks and blankets
According to Arreguin and Burton, a cool fall wedding definitely calls for warm cocktail options (hot toddies, anyone?) and a fully stocked tea and coffee station with all the fixings. To avoid any last-minute chaos, wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, advises purchasing a bunch of inexpensive pashminas (or wraps, blankets, etc.) in your wedding colors in advance and have them available for your guests to cozy up in.
Do have a plan B for low temps
The only predictable thing about fall weather is its complete unpredictability; it could be hot, cold, even snowing! If you’re getting married outside under a tent, Malone strongly recommends reserving sides for the tent and heaters in the event Mother Nature does decide to wreak havoc your wedding week. “While it might not be your ideal setup, it’s miserable to have cold (or God forbid, wet!) guests pretending to have fun at your wedding.”