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Attending an Outdoor Wedding? Bring These Essentials Along!
Survive an outdoor wedding this summer with style and grace by remembering to bring along these essentials to protect yourself from the elements.

Survive an outdoor wedding this summer with style and grace by remembering to bring along these essentials to protect yourself from the elements.

The summer has arrived, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. It also means summer weddings are on the horizon. If you will be attending an outdoor reception in the coming months, you might need a little bit of help. While an outdoor wedding is very similar to a traditional indoor event, there are also a handful of considerations to take into account before the day arrives. This is especially true when it comes to what personal items you should bring along for your own comfort and enjoyment.

The outdoors can offer some unique challenges. Survive an outdoor wedding in style this season by remembering to bring along these essentials.

Sun Protection

The summer can get hot fast. When the sun is shining high in the sky, those down below need to take proper precautions to stay protected. Studies conducted over recent years have unearthed some alarming facts about the skin’s long-term exposure to sunlight. To keep your skin protected, you need to make sure you always put on a bit of sunscreen before you head outside. Medical professionals recommend you use products with an SPF of no less than 30 and that those with sensitive skin aim for a much higher SPF.

The sunscreen you use should also contain protection from both UVA and UVB rays, as these are the two you need to be wary of when exposing your skin to the sun. Don’t let an overcast day fool you, either. Just because the sun is obscured by clouds doesn’t mean it isn’t doing damage. For added protection at an outdoor wedding, you may want to consider wearing an outfit that covers your arms and your legs. Hats with wide brims can also be helpful for keeping the sun off of your face throughout the event. 

Weather Challenges 

The trouble with an outdoor wedding is that it is at the mercy of the elements. When rain is in the forecast, the event cannot simply be rescheduled. A lot of time and energy has gone into putting the wedding together, which means a raincheck is not possible. Though the happy couple has probably made some alternative arrangements, guests who are planning on heading to outdoor weddings should also take a few precautions themselves. Bringing along the right accessories can help ensure you don’t fall prey to whatever the weather has in store.

An umbrella is a must when rain has been predicted for the day of the wedding. Even if you leave your home to blue skies, be sure to bring this along with you. The couple might plan on bringing people into an indoor space if it rains, but you still could get caught outside when the clouds open. A change of shoes can also be a wise choice, as some outdoor weddings are held on farms or grounds that can become muddy fast. An umbrella and extra pair of shoes can do wonders when an outdoor event gets wet.

Shades

Lastly, no guest at an outdoor wedding will feel complete without a pair of shades. Sunglasses can be a huge asset when you’re sitting outdoors for long periods of time in the summer. You don’t want to squint into the sunlight to watch the ceremony unfold, and sunglasses help to take a huge strain off your eyes. As with sunscreen, don’t let an overcast day fool you into thinking you’re safe. Sunglasses can prove just as invaluable when it is a bit cloudy out. Plus, everyone looks cooler in shades.

Attending an outdoor wedding can be a lot of fun. Be sure to bring along the right essentials to keep yourself comfortable while watching two people you care about tie the knot.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas
Having a more eco-friendly wedding helps reduce our carbon footprint.

Using used goods, having an outdoor ceremony, and using recyclables are a good way to have a more eco-friendly wedding.

One environmentally friendly philosophy has entered the wedding industry. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint during your special day, you don’t have to give up the vision you have for your wedding. Here are some tips to help you find ways to turn your ceremony and reception into an eco-friendly wedding.

  1. Choose an outdoor venue where the sun can provide the lighting. Many outdoor venues have the modern conveniences of toilets and sinks, making a more comfortable atmosphere for your guests.
  2. If an outdoor venue is not an option, hold the ceremony and reception during the day in a venue that offers natural lighting. Host all the festivities during the day to avoid having to use electricity.
  3. Also, hold your ceremony and reception in the same place. This will reduce the fuel emissions from guests.
  4. Look for a venue that is environmentally friendly.
  5. Print up wedding invitations on recycled paper, but instead of multiple inserts in the envelope, send your guests to your wedding website for more information. Go paperless with save-the-date notices.
  6. Buy seasonal flowers from local vendors. Use potted plants or topiaries as centerpieces. You could also use silk flowers for your bouquet and decorate with items that can be reused later. There are also many options for decorations that can be found in your garden, such as twigs, moss and ivy.
  7. Rent hybrid vehicles or use a horse and carriage to arrive and leave the wedding venue, if you must have a special moment.
  8. Rent linen napkins instead of paper. Ask for glass tabletops and forego tablecloths.
  9. Choose caterers that source from local farms and dairies. You can also serve local wines, champagnes and beers. Ask your caterer about its green philosophy. Does the company use eco-friendly cleaning products and is it careful with its paper consumption? Your cake baker should also use organic products and source locally as much as possible.
  10. Avoid sturgeon caviar or Chilean sea bass and other threatened species.
  11. Choose a honeymoon location that keeps your green vision in mind. Travel in eco-friendly methods and look for a hotel that is designed to be environmentally friendly.

What to Wear for an Eco-Friendly Wedding

For the bridal party’s attire, go eco-friendly by reusing garments. Many brides wear a gown from their mom or grandma, but if that is not an option, shop at a vintage clothing or consignment store. You can also rent gowns, much like you rent tuxedoes. If you want your own dress, look for one made of sustainable fabrics, such as silk, hemp or organic cotton.

Instead of choosing specific bridal party dresses, allow the bridesmaids to wear dresses they already own or give just a few guidelines to allow them to choose a dress that can be worn again. Your bridal party can show off their own style while finding dresses they love.

For the groom, instead of wearing a tux that might never come out of the closet again, invest in a good suit that can be used for other special occasions. Allow the groom’s attendants to wear nice pants, button-down shirts and matching vests instead of jackets.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

You might have to ask your vendors what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. Find ways to reuse items from your eco-friendly wedding. Shop at flea markets or antique stores for decorations. Ask your decorator or designer about what he or she already has in inventory. Talk to your friends about reusing wedding decorations. It might take a little more effort on your part to be environmentally conscious, but it can also make for a beautiful wedding that matches your philosophy.