In Myrtle Beach we are blessed to have great weather for most of the year and that means lots of time and locations for outdoor weddings. Even here planning your outdoor wedding can still come with the need for contingency plans and “what-ifs”. The biggest problem being the weather, there is always the possibility of the weather not cooperating with your wedding day, forcing you to move indoors. When the weather cooperates it makes for a beautiful wedding, so let’s look at some cool ideas for the reception. Having the perfect outdoor wedding isn’t as hard as you think.
One of the most important parts of an outdoor wedding is where it takes place. Are you going to need a tent for the reception? We recommend a tent, it will help keep your guests cool and not in the direct sun all day. July in Myrtle Beach can get hot! You don’t want a sunburn in your wedding photos. Some of the guests may find the heat a little hard to handle. The tent is also your insurance against bad weather. You’re going to have to take some other things into consideration when thinking of an outdoor wedding, like keeping the cake cool and how food will be served. Your venue is also going to need suitable parking nearby so guests can easily reach the party. Here is some help picking a venue.
One of the great things about outdoor weddings is that you need fewer decorations, Mother Nature has provided them for you. You just need a few things that complement the natural beauty of your surroundings. Take precautions that decorations like candles or torches are secured and out of reach of the kids. If you have wires for lights or the DJ then make sure they are arranged so guests aren’t tripping over them.
A big chunk of any wedding budget is going to go towards the food and drink that you serve. You can have anything from some finger food to a full blown sit-down dinner with an open bar or a cash bar. Remember that a big part of the experience of going to a wedding is the food that is served. For an outdoor wedding you are going to have to adapt a bit. One option is a huge roast or you can have a buffet or foods that work for a picnic. Make sure that there are suitable options for kids and vegetarian guests.
Outdoor weddings can be absolutely magical, but planning them is far different than the traditional wedding.