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May 7, 2018
‘Tis the season to celebrate outdoors, but it’s no secret that there’s a lot to gamble on when you take your big day out into the elements. We enlisted Jessica Blass of Jessica Gold Photography to pass on her top tips for staying sane while your plan a flawless fete under the sun (or – maybe – in the rain). As an expert behind the lens, she’s got an eye for what makes a successful day go off without a hitch.
Be mindful of what time of year it is. We all know June is a popular month for weddings, but in the South, you’re likely to have a 90-plus-degree day. If you dream of an outdoor wedding, consider swapping your date to the spring or late fall.
Make your guests comfortable. Though an outdoor wedding may be a dream for you, it may not be ideal for your guests. Be intentional about letting your guests know you care. Stock blankets and heaters if it’s a colder month, serve refreshing beverages or cool cloths if it’s a warm month, and plan to keep bug spray and sunglasses on hand.
Track the sun. Way too often, I’ll see a bride and groom who are squinting their way through the ceremony. Even if it is a beautiful day, take note which direction the sun will be when you’re saying your I Do’s. Keep this in mind when you map out your ceremony. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but if the sun will be directly on your guests, maybe this is where you provide those sunglasses.
Plan out the logistics. Outdoor weddings can be beautiful, but they don’t offer the conveniences of an indoor venue. For example, if you’re getting married way out under the big oak tree, how will you and your guests get there? If you love the idea of an open field, where will your guests sit? Tackle these details ahead of time, and they won’t be a problem on the day of.
Craft a backup plan. So many couples dream of an outdoor wedding, but they forget to make a weather plan. Even in the most gorgeous of seasons, a backup plan – just in case – can come in handy when the unexpected arrives. It may not be what you’ve always dreamed of, but Plan B is better than letting everyone get rained on, or watching your flower arrangements blow away.
Planner – Lemiga Events
Photographer – Jessica Gold Photography
Venue – Barnsley Resort
Floral Design – C Wayman Floral and Events
Bridal Attire – Buckhead Bridal
Groom Attire – Guffey’s
Hair and Makeup – Scoobie West
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