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Some Fabulous Items Need To In your Outdoor Wedding Shopping List

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Planning an outdoor wedding involves a lot of items to checkoff your list, some of which you may overlook. We’ve done the work for you and put together a massively comprehensive list of items you may need for your wedding day. Even if you don’t end up using them, they are definitely a good idea to have on standby to avoid any potential unplanned issues that good ol’ mother nature may throw your way.

Whether sun, rain, snow, or hail … the wedding show must go on!

Combat Wind on Your Wedding Day
Hosting an outdoor wedding ceremony runs the risk of combating a pesky breeze. Mitigate the annoyance by making sure that you have the following items on standby, so that you can keep your beautiful white cotton table clothes, custom printed napkins, and floor length veil in place — where they should be!

A Note on Centerpieces: One thing to keep in mind when choosing centerpieces is to avoid lightweight and top heavy vases that could easily be tipped over by the wind. Choose centerpieces with a lower center of gravity, such as potted plants, and opt for including heavier items like fruits and vegetables that will help to hold the arrangements in place.

Let’s take a look at a few items to help combat wind:

1. Glass Cylinder Candle Holders

candles in glass encasements with center wedding cake

No one should be stuck on match duty, re-lighting candles all night! If you’re lucky enough to snag a wedding venue that allows real candles, stick to glass cylinder candle holders to block the breeze from blowing out all your candles. Obviously there is a limit to the wind force that they will withstand, but light them once and they should be good to go for the rest of the reception.

2. Table Cloth Clipstablecloth clips

The best way to ensure that your table cloths are securely fastened and won’t ruin any perfectly displayed reception place settings is to hold them down with table cloth clips.

One thing your guests don’t want to be doing is running after flying paper napkins. Make sure they are secure by either:

3. Placing them in specific Napkin Holders

4. Having a Napkin Weight placed on top of each pile

napkin holder stand with stainless steel

5. Bridal Veil Weights

bridal veil weights with pearls and rhinestones

Here is one may not have thought about – bridal veil weights. However, if you’re getting married outside and choosing to wear a bridal veil, this is one item that you probably want to have as a just-in-case item.

We love these decorative magnetized pearl or rhinestone veil weights to keep your veil in place while saying your vows or snapping photos outdoors. After all, what’s more distracting during a ceremony than a veil blowing everywhere because of the wind!?

Combating Rain On Your Wedding Day
Among other wedding superstitions, some would say that rain on your wedding day is good luck! I’ll leave that up to you to decide. Nonetheless, I think we can all agree that getting soaking wet is not much fun for a wedding.

6. Wedding Umbrellas

bride-and-groom holding clear umbrellas on wedding day

The very thought of rain on your perfectly planned wedding day could seem like a disaster. Instead of having a bridezilla meltdown, be prepared with super cute wedding umbrellas.

7. Rain Boots

bridesmaid wearing rain boots

Soggy farm fields and bridal heels do not mix. Make sure your bridal party is ready with the right foot wear like bridal rain boots, if need be. I didn’t know if I would like it, but the galoshes wedding look is unexpected, rustic, and kinda fun!

Combating Hot Sun on your Wedding Day
On a hot summer’s day, I can think of nothing worse than sitting during a wedding ceremony and baking under the harsh sun’s rays. Have a few of the following items on stand-by to make sure that your guests are comfortable before, during and after the ceremony.

8. Travel Pack Sun Screen

sunscreen for wedding guests

If you are having an outdoor wedding, especially in the middle of summer, than you must offer sunscreen. Guests should be focused on the excitement of the wedding and not the worry of getting a nasty sunburn. Offer travel pack sized sunscreen, or put sunscreen in cute little dispensers that go with your wedding theme!

9. Parasols

seated wedding guests hold colorful parasols at wedding ceremony

A colorful way to brighten up an outdoor venue is to offer your guests the use of pretty parasols. Two-in-one: tThey offer shade and make wonderful wedding favors. Another option is to setup oversized patio umbrellas to provide a bit of shade to cover ceremony seating area.

10. + 11. Hand Fans & Bottled Waterhand fans and bottled water on ceremony seats

We love the idea of placing hand fans and bottled water on individual seats for each guest to enjoy before/during the ceremony. Hot days require hydration, especially before the champagne cork is popped and the bubbly starts flowing!