Spring will be blossoming into summer before we know it, and invitations to weddings will start pouring in. Planning weddings might be one of the most stressful things in existence, but if we’re talking about the party planning checklist, there are some neat ways to leave the beaten path and take it outside the lines.
Between people, decor, food, space, and the unforetold planning hiccups that will inevitably be a part of the process, you’ve got hundreds of details to iron out before the big day. We’re here to help you make some cool considerations that’ll dazzle you and your guests all the way down the aisle.
Ditch the classic template
Planning a wedding isn’t like it used to be, nor is the concept and practice of the wedding itself. Weddings are distinctly personal and too often they reflect repetitious patterns that are as contrived as they are tired.
Lose the instruction booklet that was written a hundred years ago, get on Pinterest, and get outside. You can go deep into an outdoor wedding Pinterest hole and create a smorgasbord of different DIY ideas that are leagues less expensive and more fabulous than the chapel and pews. A ton of them incorporate nature, too, the most beautiful venue you can possibly have. You can even start a Pinspiration board to keep track of ideas and patch custom looks together.
Have fun with food and drink
Exuding your food and beverage flair in weddings is a prime way to flaunt your personality. You’re already outside, so try something different. Alternative menus and funky hors d’oeuvres spice up (literally) any outdoor wedding. Get a little messy with finger foods. We’re living for canned sparkling rose at the moment and think it’s one of the most refreshing summertime beverages you can get your hands on.
Activities are key
A lot of weddings are heavy on party event rentals and think about cost-effective logistics over guest experience. Obviously, you want your guests to be comfortable and to enjoy themselves, and having a wedding outside can help with this. Have some games that people can participate in while everyone is mingling throughout the day. Cornhole, Kan-Jam, bocce, and other creative yard games keep a lively atmosphere and bring a little friendly competition into the outdoor venue. Nothing like some mildly competitive lawn games to kick off a wedding reception.
Outdoor weddings are such wonderful places to flex your creative muscles as you embark on your marriage journey. Get a little wild and stray from the regular. Take it outside and make your wedding as extraordinary as the love you’re about to unite.