By Manisha Dhingra
You’re ready to say ‘I do’. And you want to do it outdoors, amid the beauty and bounty of nature, in style. Well, as you will soon discover, it isn’t all that easy to plan an outdoor wedding…in fact, surprise! It is just as challenging as planning an indoor one! So you got to pick up some wedding planning tips, fast. Which is what we are here for:
Tip 1: Get the permits in place
Only in Bollywood weddings can people simply run off and get married on a beach, in the middle of a street, or the centre of a garden. In real life, you need written permission from cops and from local authorities – everything from cordoning off space to setting up loudspeakers and sound systems is at their mercy. So sort this out first, before you invest time doing anything else.
Tip 2: Inform the attendees
If you expect your guests to sink their toes into wet/ dry sand or walk on damp, squishy earth, they deserve to know what shoes to wear and which clothes to avoid. Put this little detail on your wedding invites, right next to where the venue is listed. Your guests will thank you for it.
Tip 3: Test all equipment in advance
An indoor venue ensures a closed environment where a regular mic system works just fine. Outdoors is a different kind of challenge, though. Insist that your sound & lights people test out their equipment in your presence. This might cost a little bit more but at least you ensure that the people at the back are not saying: “What did they say?” to each other, throughout your ceremony.
Tip 4: Have a backup plan
Yes, we know how important it is to have your big fat Indian wedding work out exactly the way you planned it. But you still need to guard against having the weather gods rain on your parade. “Pick a farmhouse lawn or a beach venue close to a hotel/ resort. If there isn’t anything nearby, you might need to invest in a shamiana or tent which, of course, will increase your overall budget,” cautions Vidya Pawar, who recently tied the knot in Goa, on the lawns of a resort overlooking the beach.
Noted? Good! Now watch out for our upcoming piece on making the most of your beautiful, stunning, outdoor wedding venue! Happy reading!