Planning an outdoor wedding can be fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. There are challenges that come with outdoor weddings that simply don’t exist for more traditional weddings. But all of these challenges are worth it when you’re saying “I do” out in the beauty of nature surrounded by friends and family.
What do you need to plan for and what can you do without? We’ll give you the top 5 essentials for your perfect outdoor wedding:
- Limo or Classic Car
- Seasonal Drinks
- Delicious Food
- Luxury Bathrooms
When you arrive at your outdoor wedding venue, you should do so in style. Pulling up in a shiny limo is a great way to do that! If a limo isn’t really your style, a nice classic car can turn heads as you arrive as well. Finding a classic car that matches or compliments your wedding colors can be a really nice touch and provide an excellent opportunity for photos.
Some brides and grooms forgo the grand entrance and decide to just ride away in style to be more budget-conscious. Either way, having some luxurious transportation involved in your wedding day can make the whole occasion feel even more especial and exciting.
Some outdoor wedding venues do a great job when it comes to signage – enabling your guests to easily park and find their way around. More rustic venues or venues that are not typically used for weddings often do not provide the same level of signage. For this reason, you may want/need to take it upon yourself to create signs directing guests to things like the bar, the gifts table/area, where the reception will be, the restrooms, etc.
If you do the signage yourself, you can even create signs that are in keeping with the rest of the décor to give everything a cohesive look. Proper communication will be essential on your big day to ensure that everyone gets where they need to go so that the whole thing can go smoothly.
Whether your outdoor wedding is in the spring, summer or fall, having some seasonal drinks is a great way to celebrate the season and make it a part of your big event. Light refreshing drinks with a bit of carbonation are great for the spring and summer months (for instance a moscow mule or mojito). Warmer and more savory drinks are better for fall months (for instance an apple cider hot toddy or hot buttered rum).
Even if you don’t want to offer alcoholic drinks, or you’re looking for an alternative for the kids, having seasonal drinks (like a shirley temple in the summer or warm apple cider with cinnamon in the winter) can bring the whole event together.
No wedding reception is complete without a delicious spread of food. The trend more and more these days is offering a buffet for guests so that wedding planners do not need to worry about locking everyone’s food preferences in ahead of time. Offering a few main course options, paired with some delicious side and salad offerings is a surefire way to make your guests happy and have them remember the event for years to come. Again, you can incorporate seasonal elements into the dishes through the use of in-season fruits and vegetables.
You may not want to think about this on your wedding day, but all of that food and drink has to go somewhere! If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you need to plan for wedding restrooms as well (unless you want your guests making use of nearby trees). But fear not – your wedding ambiance doesn’t have to be ruined by a long row of blue porta potties! Luxury portable restrooms are the perfect way to provide the facilities you need for your event without sacrificing comfort.
Luxury restrooms? Yes! The luxury portable toilets that we’re referring to are actually restroom trailers that look and feel like a restroom you would find in a hotel or other typical wedding venue. They have flushing toilets, running hot/cold water and can offer heating or cooling depending on the season. Restroom trailers also come equipped with mirrors and fine finishes like wood cabinetry and artwork on the walls. If you haven’t looked into luxury restroom trailers yet, you need to!
Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!