Planning an event can always be stressful, even without the unpredictability of Mother Nature. If you're dreaming of an outdoor event but keeping an eye on the skies, here are some things to keep in mind to help your event go smoothly.
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If your event is going to be entirely outside, plan for a backup. Unfortunately, as much as we can hope for amazing weather on the day, Mother Nature doesn't always do things according to our meticulously laid-out plans, which can leave us with muddy event spaces or the constant threat of a downpour.
Having a backup plan can be as easy as moving the party that was supposed to happen out on your patio into your dining room, or more complicated, like having a backup plan for your wedding ceremony with 250 guests in attendance. If you're having nightmares about having to hustle everyone indoors and being left without a ceremony space, talk to your venue about indoor event spaces- they may have a perfectly lovely event space with an amazing fireplace, for instance, that works for you just as well as your outdoor space- or the ability to set up a tent outside. If you decide to have your ceremony under a tent, depending on the season, consider a tent with sides that can be raised or lowered and having fans or heaters to keep guests comfortable.
On your invitations, be sure to let guests know that the event will be held outdoors so that they can dress appropriately. Additionally, it is not a bad idea to let guests know what will happen in the case of inclement weather.