5 things you might forget at your outdoor wedding #Advice#dress code#outdoor#rustic wedding Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Jul 14 2016) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Kara & Gary's fantasy fairy tale wedding | Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer Outdoor wedding couples: we know you've got your amazing forest-friendly outfit, your rustic ceremony signs, and your best outdoor-wedding-rockin' attitude, but what are you forgetting? Here are the five things you just might forget at your outdoor wedding. When you're sans AC, hardwood floors, and the little things that make indoor weddings a little more controllable, you want to make sure you've got these things covered. These outdoor wedding essentials will all be worth it for the photos, right? Footwear suggestions Gravel, dirt, mulch, wet grass, rocks, hills… it's a big world out there full of crud to step in, break heels, and ruin pedicures. Make sure to advise your guests (via your invite, Facebook group, wedding website, wherever) what shoes to wear at your outdoor wedding. you may also want to set up some designated pathways for walking on rougher terrain, especially if you'll be hosting guests with mobility issues. Pro tip: consider providing some shoe covers in case it gets really messy outside. Someone with shmancy shoes will thank you. Related Post Wedding dress code: 5 clever ways to tell guests what to wear So you want to tell your guests what to wear, but you don't want to be overbearing, and ideally you'd like to be a little bit clever about it. You're… Read More Weather woes Having a backup location in case of rain is usually something couples remember, but it can be easy to forget the little luxuries that indoors can provide. If you're caught in cold or hot weather outdoors, here are some items to have on-hand, depending on your sitch: Handheld fans (maybe as your wedding program?) Blankets or shawls Sunscreen Bottles of water Mini umbrellas Bug spray We've got tons of tips for warm, summer weddings, too: Related Post How to beat the heat on your wedding day We already gave you some great ideas on how to keep warm on your wedding day, but what if it looks like your date is smack dab in the midst… Read More Photo by Wild About You Photography Food cover Depending on your venue, you may need to think about bringing some extra coolers, ice, and food covers to keep your food cold. If you're using a catering company, double check that they have a solution for outdoor food spoilage-prevention. Secondly, you may have to contend with some buggy friends wanting in on your delicious food. Plastic food covers, drink lids, and mosquito netting can keep them at bay. When mother nature calls When you're in Mother Nature, sometimes she calls… and you've got to answer. Check to see if your outdoor venue provides any bathroom facilities or you may end up decorating some kick-ass portable toilets: Related Post These Doctor Who Porta-potties make outdoor bathrooms actually FUN If your outdoor wedding needs some bathroom accommodations of the bright blue variety, you're only one step away from nerdtastic Doctor Who Porta-potties. Rae and Jason had a Doctor Who… Read More Related Post How to make a wedding porta potty less gross and more awesome Porta potties have gotten a bad rap. Typically, the blue-water nightmares at crowded outdoor events are poorly maintained and abused by drunks, and you're more likely to find a turd… Read More The body electric WE HAVE THE POWA…. or do we? If you'll need outlets for music, microphones, lights, etc., you'll need to find a power source. Check to see what your vendor provides or if you'll need to pony up for a generator. Keep in mind that the quiet kind of generators can be expensive. Pro tip: camping gear can be great for outdoor lighting options and battery-powered devices. Think LED string lights, solar pathway lights, mini flashlights, and maybe even glow sticks! Related Post Lay down the easiest outdoor ceremony decor ever: RUGS! Looking for an easy ceremony decor idea that you don't have to craft yourself? Kimber and Kaylee opted to use a few cute little rugs to mark their ceremony spot… Read More Related Post 12 ways to making or accentuate an aisle for your outdoor weddings So you're looking for some creative ways to define the aisle of your outdoor wedding? Join Megan as she shows us some of her favorites... Read More Are you having an outdoor wedding? What tips did we miss? Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. PREVIOUS This IS the candy you're looking for: 7 ways to make your geeky candy buffet nerdtastic NEXT Get celestial with a paper moon photo booth Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Food cover and spoilage! I don't think I'll ever forget the Tribesmate who went to a wedding with an unintentional multi-hour gap between ceremony and reception while the self-catered food and guests sat out in the sun. A majority of the guests ended up with food poisoning. Reply Some good points here and I agree with all of them. Outdoor weddings might look very cool and classy, but it troubles a lot that may spoil your mood and ruin your outdoor wedding. It might sound boring to get married behind four walls, but these weddings provide comfort and all the great amenities. Reply We bought an inflatable buffet that we filled with ice to keep things like potato salad cold. For the love of all that is good and just, just spring for a tent rental too! We didn't plan to, but then ended up getting one because there was possible rain in the forecast. Fortunately it didn't rain, but having that tent made all the difference for the comfort of our guests. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.