Wedding Planning absolutely must
include environmental considerations- which are an integral
part of all wedding ceremonies, indoors or out. Ignore this
and risk disaster.
The audience must be physically
comfortable for the duration of the ceremony. An outdoor wedding
planned for a late Spring or early Fall day, which turns out
to be 56 degrees and drizzling will mentally remove your guests.
By the same token, a wedding ceremony taking place on a 103
degree day in August will achieve the exact same result. Temperature
are even more important for your elderly guests. Comfortable also means seated.
And if you are providing seats, that means seats for everyone
not just the first 100, leaving the rest to stand.
Clearly, the best environment
for a wedding ceremony is a location with no audio or visual
Nothing should compete with you for those 30 minutes. An audience
will always turn its attention to the most entertaining event
within eyesight. When considering a setting for your ceremony
always ask yourself what will compete with you at that location?
Although seldom anticipated by
couples planning their ceremonies, noise can and will: 1) remove
the focus of your audience, 2) destroy the audio portion of
your video taping and 3) create a situation requiring the ceremony
to stop. For these reasons, a gazebo or park setting close
to roads or railroads make risky choices. If you are planning
an outdoor ceremony you must have a backup plan for rain. Typically,
couples having a large outdoor wedding and reception will have
rented tents for that occasion. If it rains, the ceremony is
moved under the canvas. Other couples, in the event of rain,
will forgo the outdoor setting and have the ceremony at the
waiting reception site. Whatever your plans might be: if you're
having an outdoor wedding ceremony, you must make plans for