Have you always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding? An outdoor wedding is a perfect choice for couples who love the outdoors or for couples of different religious faiths. The intimate setting of a beach, park or backyard offers the freedom to add personal touches to the ceremony and can set the theme for your wedding.Here are some tips for having an outdoor wedding.\n\nBad weather has been known to ruin many original plans. Make sure you have a backup plan in place.\nIf it rains the night before your wedding, and you’ll be walking down the aisle on grass, be careful! Your heels can get stuck and sink in wet grass. We suggest purchasing SoleMates Heel Protectors to keep from sinking as you walk down the aisle.\nIf you’re having a backyard wedding, consider putting down patio blocks for you and your bridal party to stand on during the ceremony.\nPlanning on having candles? Use glass hurricanes to keep the wind from extinguishing the flame\nThe sun can be blinding. Face your guests away from the sun. (You could also provide a basket of sunglasses in case they forget theirs)\nIf your having an outdoor reception, make sure your wedding cake doesn’t melt in the sun. Ask your baker for suggestions for keeping your cake safe, delicious, and beautiful.\nOffer your guests a cold drink such as lemonade, iced tea, or even water to enjoy while they wait for your ceremony to begin. It will keep them happy and hydrated as they sit in the hot sun. In colder weather offer hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate.\nAnother way to keep your guests cool, is to have your wedding program printed on fans.\nTo avoid giving your guests a “hot seat” avoid seating them on metal chairs.\nSecure tiny weights to the hem of your veil, to keep it from blowing in the breeze.\nTalk to your caterer about avoiding perishable foods with ingredients that shouldn’t sit in the hot sun.\nSpray for mosquitoes ahead of time and use citronella candles to keep the bugs away\nTalk to your florist about using weather tolerant flowers.\nKeep your place cards from blowing away by using frames that can also be used as favors.\n\nPlanning an outdoor wedding can be a challenge, but following these tips should help you have a beautiful and successful outdoor wedding.