So you’re having an outdoor wedding in September or early October in Central Oregon? Well then you know the temperature can be anywhere from the low 80’s to the high 60’s on any given day with temperatures even lower at nightfall. With that in mind, there are several things to remember for your end of summer – going into fall outdoor wedding.
Here are a few…
1. If you’ve planned for your wedding ceremony to be outside and the weather takes a dramatic turn, have a plan B. If it’s impossible to have the ceremony inside, be sure to rent safe, portable patio heaters that will keep your guests warm. These items rent out fast when the weather cools down so reserve as soon as possible.
2. Check the forecast seven days in advance. If it looks like it’s going to rain, look into renting a tent. A large tent will cover your catering, bar, dance floor and and guest tables. It can be a bit spendy, but it’s better safe than sorry!
3. Make sure to have something hot to drink for your guests like hot coffee and hot chocolate. These beverages should be available as soon as guests arrive as to keep everyone warm – especially elders and kids.
4. If there’s no option to moving the festivities to an indoor location and it’s safe and legal for fire pits, build a few around your reception area. Arrange some hay bails and chairs with plenty of warm blankets for your guests to cozy up with.
5. Dance! Dance! Dance! Dancing keeps everyone warm. If your reception is outside and you have heating elements to keep everyone at a good temperature – get that dance floor going as soon as possible! There’s nothing like a crowd dancing to keep everyone happy and warm.