Keeping It Comfy On The Virginia Coast

A Few Tips For Making Sure Guests Stay Happy At An Outdoor Wedding No Matter The Weather

Summer, Spring, or Fall Wedding tips

Even in our modern world of WAVY-TV Supper Doppler meteorology, we still can’t always predict the weather. Being near both the Chesapeake Bay and the Oceanfront make it even more unpredictable. Fortunately, we can at least plan for it. Here are a few ways to make sure your guests are focused on your awesome outdoor wedding, not on how much they’re sweating (or shivering!).

For a fall wedding:

  1. Provide blankets and shawls for your guests. Even if it was 70 degrees last week, you just never know. This is especially important if your guests will be outside when the sun is going down. Tastefully place baskets at the ends of seating rows with the cover-ups, and your guests are sure to be grateful in the event they need them.
  1. Make sure you have an indoor back-up plan. If you’ve been living in Virginia for any amount of time, you know how fickle fall weather can be. It’s fine to plan an outdoor fall wedding, but make sure you have a backup plan in case it ends up raining or being too cold to reasonably keep it outdoors. If your reception is indoors, check with the venue to see if it’s possible to use it as a back-up plan in case of poor weather. Otherwise, find a nearby church or center that you can book as a back-up.
  1. Serve warm beverages. This is another great way to incorporate the fall theme into the wedding. Serve something fun that fits with the style of the wedding—hot chocolate, hot apple cider, maybe even hot chai lattes. Turning their attention to a fabulous drink will help take guests’ minds off of the cold.

For spring and summer wedding:

  1. Double your program as a personal fan. This is an easy DIY project with cardboard and Popsicle sticks, or something you can easily order from a myriad of websites like Etsy and Zazzle. Not only are these programs adorable, but they’re perfect for helping your guests cool off on a toasty day.

Provide sunscreen, cold water bottles and towels. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference sometimes, and keeping these items on hand for your wedding guests really shows that you’re concerned about their comfort.

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