Outdoor Weddings  –  7 Essential County B’s

Beautiful, bountiful Prince Edward County! It’s ideal for a wedding away from the city – especially if you love nature and want an outdoor one.

Your outdoor wedding or commitment celebration in Prince Edward County may be elegant or rustic, formal or casual, traditional or funky. You’ll find cool County venues, outstanding local County food, County musicians and artists, and other County event vendors ready to serve you. For weddings, there are even County officiants – you know, those people you can’t get married without but who take up little to no space in bride magazines! I am one of those.

Almost all the ceremonies I create and officiate are for weddings held outside – in fields, gardens, woods, vineyards, barns, on a dock or on a beach. Have I ever learned about the birds and the bees! Since 95% of the couples I serve come from outside of The County to enjoy its natural elements, and most of their guests are city folk, I’d better share what I’ve learned.

About Essential B’s – 7 Tips for your Outdoor County Wedding 

It’s all about the Bees! Bees are essential to the survival of humans on our planet. These 10 B’s are essential to the survival of couples marrying outdoors in the County:

  1. Bugsit’s their territory! When you take your event outside, you are guests in bug territory. There are times of the year and times of the day when this is not a problem. If you don’t want to share space with these tiny and often abundant County creatures, check with your venue for those times. But, always be prepared for the officiant or member of the wedding party to take a quick swat at an errant mossie or other annoying winged thing during the ceremony.
  2. Breezenice but sometimes noisy! A breeze on a hot summer day is lovely. With breeze on a cool day, we can dress to stay warm. But, regardless of the temperature, the wind can blow a ceremony off course causing guests not to hear what’s being said or microphones to make loud, ugly sounds. If you and your officiant can stay chilled and are flexible, the ceremony can proceed and still be beautiful. Just hold onto the official papers, let the flowers take flight if they want, don’t worry about hair blown in your faces, then ditch the mic, gather guests closer to the action and shout! Also, if candles are a part of it, use wind proof ones you can switch on.
  3. Beachdress for it! Swimsuits might not be what you have in mind for your ceremony, but remember to prepare for being at the beach. Remind your guests about beach footwear or coming with bare feet, and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray. And, if there could be waves, plan for them competing with the volume of speakers’ voices or amplification equipment. Then, there is sand! And children who are sure to get wet – have some towels handy.
  4. Brightnesssunshine can be too shiny! All couples pray for sunshine on their special day. For your outside wedding, check out the placement of the sun at the site at the time of year and time of day for your ceremony. Seat your guests so they are not looking into the sun. Remind guests to bring sunglasses, hats or visors – or provide parasols. And, sunblock! Sunglasses on the marrying couple are not ideal for your photos.
  5. Bootsare made for walking! Okay, this is the third reference to footwear, because it takes 3 repetitions for information to stick in the brain… warn your guests from the city to wear sensible footwear. Stilettos are not great on lawns, in sand or on rock; if your ceremony is happening outside regardless of weather, rain boots, hiking boots, thick-soled sandals or crocs might be the fashion with party dresses and suits. Works under bridal gowns and tuxes, too.
  6. Barking dogsyou are in the country after all! A relaxed country wedding may be marked by excited dogs or uninterested cows next door. If a bark or moo cuts into your wedding vows, laugh and see it as their blessing on your marriage. You have had an authentic country wedding!
  7. Bejust be, on your wedding day! It’s time to relax, let go of the details, surrender to the outdoors – whatever it brings, and enjoy being with your beloved for your special day.

Nature is such a wonderful backdrop for a ceremonial event. She makes for the most picturesque settings and can be so enchanting. She can also be a source of consternation on the big day, as she won’t be controlled. Stay cool about it all. Worry is for the Birds … learn from the Bees. You won’t get stung and you’ll have a terrific outdoor County celebration!

Advice well worth repeating!