2. A few years ago, I went to an outdoor wedding with a gorgeous view of Hudson Valley hills. Unfortunately, we were facing the sun and we couldn’t hear a single vow over the whipping wind. Keep location, direction and weather in mind when planning an al fresco ceremony.
3. If you’re having a brunch ceremony or an afternoon reception, avoid scheduling your portraits for high noon. Yes, photographers love working with natural lighting, but when the sun is directly overhead, the light will be too harsh and you’ll get shadowy shots.
5. You’ve heard it a thousand times: if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, have a bad weather backup plan.
6. Make sure your baker knows that the cake’s going to be outside. Most icings will hold up even in warm conditions, but if the cake’s in direct sunlight, buttercream and ganache could melt.
8. Leave baskets of freebies in the powder rooms. Guests will appreciate sunscreen, blotters, bug spray, miniature water bottles, deodorant and mints, which they probably forgot to throw in their purse before leaving.
Written by Lindsay Pietroluongo, a lifestyle, nightlife & business writer based in the Hudson Valley. Visit her personal website at LindsayOnTheRocks.com. Learn more about her writing & marketing services at PoisonAppleInk.com.