outdoor weddings

The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Weddings

Ah, outdoor weddings! The sun shining, the birds chirping and the smell of fresh flowers in the air… there’s nothing quite like getting married surrounded by nature. Before you book your outdoor wedding venue, brides should consider a few outdoor wedding trends. Below is a quick guide to planning outdoor weddings, some outdoor wedding inspiration and what to expect from each season when it comes to your big day. 

Fall Outdoor Weddings 

Fall weddings are a magical blend of beauty and practicality. Just as the leaves are changing, so are the color palettes! It’s a wonderful opportunity for brides to incorporate warm, organic colors into their wedding design! Not to mention the cooler weather allows guests to party on the dance floor without getting overheated!  

Here’s an insider tip! Remember, coming out of summer and into fall wedding season, that your guests may have enjoyed the perks of summertime vacations and extra activities – so don’t forget to give your guests time to plan by sending out those invitations far enough in advance. 

Fall Wedding Dress Trends 

If you’re planning a fall wedding, you might want to choose a dress that reflects the season. Below are some of the top fall wedding dress trends to help you make your decision. 

Large lace details and appliques are ideal for adding a touch of romance to your fall wedding dress. Long sleeves are also popular this time of the year, as they provide extra warmth on chilly days. If you’re looking for a modern twist on the season’s classic style, opt for a dress with unexpected details like ruffles or pleats.  

Fall is a great time to bring out all the lace, and the All Who Wander astra gown is no exception. The flowy A-line tulle skirt is ideal for twirling and is accented with a floral lace bodice with an open keyhole back, that adds just the right amount of drama. The long sleeves are a nod to fall weather, while showcasing a delicate and romantic vibe. 

Winter Outdoor Weddings 

The pros of an outdoor winter wedding are unmatched! The season fills the air with romance; and what better place to celebrate your love than in a winter wonderland?  During this season, brides can also take advantage of seasonal food and beverage offerings to include in their menu. Who doesn’t want to enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate? 

However, getting married in winter can also mean cold and unpredictable weather; which may concern some guests or vendors. Brides can purchase blankets to use for the ceremony, cocktail hour or dinner and donate the blankets to a charity after the wedding. For their attire, brides will want to consider if jackets, overskirts or extra clothing pieces are needed, as well as their associated costs. It’s also important to remember that the light gets darker earlier this time of year so consider having extra light and candles on hand in case there isn’t enough natural light throughout the entire wedding.  

Winter Wedding Dress Trends 

Winter wedding dress styles are all about thicker fabrics, lace, long sleeves, low backs—and a whole lot of elegance. Whether you’re looking for a traditional gown or something a little more modern, there’s sure to be a style that suits your taste.  

Martina Liana Style 1437 is a gorgeous choice for brides wanting to add a touch of class and refinement to their bridal style. The thick fabric and lace pattern make it ideal for winter weather, while the long sleeves will keep brides warm enough to enjoy their big day in style. 

Spring Outdoor Weddings 

Spring is a beautiful time to get married outdoors. This season is a time of rebirth and renewal — and it’s hard to beat the natural beauty of blossoming flowers and trees. It’s also an ideal time for outdoor weddings because there are fewer major holidays around this time of year to work around for guests and vendors. Plus, there’s less chance of extreme heat or cold ruining your big day! 

On the other hand, there are some drawbacks to spring weddings too. Since spring is such a popular time for weddings, prices tend to be higher than they would be during other seasons due to high demand.  

Rain and seasonal allergies can also be a concern — especially if you’re planning on having your ceremony outdoors. If the weather conditions don’t look good for the big day, brides can purchase umbrellas for guests to use during the ceremony. For guests with allergies, keep an eye on the allergy or pollen levels and consider purchasing handkerchiefs or linen napkins with your wedding monogram on them.  

Spring Wedding Dress Trends 

From floral lace and appliques to spaghetti straps and low backs, we can’t get enough of spring bridal fashion! No matter your bridal style, there’s sure to be a spring wedding dress trend that allows you to take a cue from the runway and let your springtime bridal style bloom! 

Essense of Australia Style D3393 will make sure brides blossom on their big day. This floral fit-and-flare wedding dress has a sheer bodice and modern wide-set straps while still giving that classic wedding gown look. The sweetheart neckline and fitted waist accentuate nearly any figure, while the flared skirt lets brides dance all night long! 

Summer Outdoor Weddings 

Summer weddings can be absolutely magical! With the warmer weather and longer days, summer is a beautiful time to celebrate your love outdoors. Plus, there are many beautiful summer landscapes to choose from, whether you’re looking for a rustic farm setting or a stunning beach backdrop.  

The downside? Summer weddings do come with their own set of challenges. For starters, high temperatures can be uncomfortable for guests — consider buying personalized paper fans for the event to keep your guests cool until the sun goes down. It’s also important to factor in the time of year when booking vendors like photographers and videographers. You’ll likely have to work with them months in advance to get your preferred date and time slot. If able to plan ahead and expectations are managed, a summer wedding can be a breathtaking event! 

Summer Wedding Dress Trends 

When it comes to summer wedding dresses, we’re all about simplicity. Light-weight fabrics and short sleeves keep you cool while still looking chic. Plunging necklines, backless silhouettes and slits are all details for an effortless wedding look.  

Style 1471 from Martina Liana is a modern fit-and-flare wedding dress that would look stunning for a summer wedding. Cut from sandwashed silk satin, this gown is as comfortable as it is stunning— with a fitted bodice, flared skirt and cap sleeves that show off your arms. With its straight cut and minimalist detailing, this dress will flatter any bride on their big day. 

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