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If you’re planning to have your wedding outside, then today’s super helpful guest post, brought to us by Bob Gechter of Hollow Hill Event Center (Fort Worth, TX) is a must read! Enjoy:

More and more couples are looking for unique wedding venues as an alternative to the traditional church ceremony. Outdoor venues are one of the most popular options for a different approach to a wedding ceremony. The stunning backdrop of an outdoor setting can create a romantic atmosphere and an environment rich with an inherent beauty which can outshine just about any traditional reception hall. When planning your outdoor wedding don’t forget to take these things into consideration:

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Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

If you’ve chosen to have your wedding outside chances are you enjoy the look and feel of the outdoors. Lean into that aesthetic and don’t be afraid to go rustic or rely on the beauty of the setting. Going with simplistic colors and things like burlap, twine, and wildflower arrangements can keep costs down while looking classy. Just don’t forget to bring citronella candles for bug-prone areas and make sure there are plenty of cleared paths and gathering areas so people aren’t hiking through grass to get from one part of the ceremony to the other.

In Rain…

Most weddings take place in the summer when it can be sweltering hot and rain storms can pop up out of nowhere. When organizing your outdoor wedding, it’s important to have a plan in place to deal with any weather that nature may throw your way. When looking at outdoor wedding venues, you may want to consider locations that come with an indoor reception hall. It’s important to have a backup plan in case of rain or even unexpected high winds where your guests can retreat and the party can continue.

…Or Shine

If it’s a sunny day, be sure to keep your guests hydrated with a variety of teas, lemonades, and of course iced water. If alcohol is going to be served, consider mojitos or mint juleps. The mint will be refreshing for your guests and perfect for a hot summer day. On particularly hot days it may be necessary to rent fans to cool off seating areas, or to set up at cool down stations such as the bar. You can also do little things to keep your guests cool such as printing your programs on paper fans. You should also be conscious of the setting sun and how it will factor into your ceremony. While a sunset can make a beautiful backdrop, be sure the late afternoon sun doesn’t end up shining into your guest’s eyes.

Don’t Forget the Lights!

While often stunning and unique, outdoor wedding venues do come with some challenges of their own. One of the biggest ones is the lack of electricity. Whether it’s lights for the dance floor, warmers for the food stations, or the sound system setup, it’s almost impossible to have an electricity-free wedding. Don’t forget to rent or bring generators, if needed at the venue.

And Finally, the Practicalities

Make sure you have plans in place for things like adequate, accessible bathroom facilities. Try not to use lightweight materials in the dresses or decorations to cut down on wind interference and be sure your hairdresser knows you’ll be outside so they can plan accordingly. It’s also important to inform your caterer so they don’t bring anything that can’t sit outside (such as mayonnaise-based salads).

Bob Gechter is the General Manager of Hollow Hill Event Center and he knows how to make any sized event happen without a hitch, which comes in handy when coordinating some of the most unique Fort Worth-area weddings. Bob has a delightful personality and it really shows when taking brides-to-be and other visitors on a site tour of Hollow Hill. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing the venue in person, schedule your tour today. To learn more about Hollow Hill Event Center, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.