5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Outdoor Venue

Location is everything when it comes to an outdoor wedding… well, almost everything!  When choosing a venue for your wedding, there are many factors to keep in mind.  Being from New Jersey, I know that weather is always a factor when planning to do anything outside!  Some of the most popular of outdoor venues include the beach, a field, a barn, park, or lakeside.  When choosing the right venue for you, consider the elements that come with each venue.

 What I love most about outdoor locations is the flexibility these spaces give you.  With a few decorative touches, you can make your venue unique to you.  However, you can plan everything down to the finest detail, and still find yourself dealing with uncontrollable elements the day of.  Here are some things to consider when choosing your venue.

1. Always visit the location.  Never trust photos.  Website designers will upload the most flattering photos of their venue, so it’s always best to go there in person and get your own first impression

2. Consider your guests.  Will a summer beach wedding be too hot or too humid?  Would an autumn field wedding be too cold?  It’s important that your guests are comfortable and able to enjoy the event, just as much as you will!

3. Weather is a huge factor.  It’s impossible to predict the weather a year in advance, but no matter where you are, bad weather is a potential threat to your outdoor event.  Choosing a venue with optional indoor space for the day of is a great way to create some reassurance.

4. Choose a season.  The best way to choose a venue is to first choose a season.  Having a vision of what you want your setting to look like will be helpful in choosing your venue.  Also, choosing a season will help determine which pests to prepare for.  Summer weddings are prone to issues with bugs like mosquitoes and birds.  Make sure that your venue takes precautionary measures.

5. Consider extra facilities.  You will want to make sure there is proper lighting for an evening event and restrooms for guests to use.  If there aren’t any on the premises, you will need to find outside vendors.

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9 Ways to Decorate with Mason Jars

I love the look of a classic mason jar.  Lately, it seems like they are popping up everywhere!  They are really inexpensive and because the jar has such a simple design, there is really so much you can do with them.  Here are nine ways you can use a mason jar at your wedding; whatever the season!

1. Fill them with Christmas lights.  Take a mason jar and drill a whole in the bottom center.  Then, fill with lights and string them through the bottom to plug into an outlet.  It is a great way to add some soft lighting and interest to your décor. (You can try this with empty wine bottles too!)

2. Pour water inside of the jar and place flowers or candles on top of the water.  Cut flower heads and place them on top of the water.  Instead of flowers, you can also use tealight candles. They will float on top and create an ethereal effect.

3. Fill them with an arrangement.  They make great centerpieces!

4. Fill the jar halfway with sand.  Then, put a small candle in the sand and wrap a piece of twine or ribbon around the top of the jar.

5. I found this idea on Oh Lovely Day!  Place old family wedding photos and your engagement photos in the jars and place them around centerpieces.

6. Put a small colored glass votive inside of the mason jar.  A simple and creative way to add some color!

7. Use the jars as cups for drinks!  This is a really cute idea for summer weddings.

8. One of the newest trends for centerpieces I keep seeing is a plant submerged in water.  Here is a really beautiful idea I found on Better Homes and Gardens using cranberries, candles, and greenery.

9. Fill a mason jar with sand and place the head of a flower on top.  Pale pink roses look beautiful against the color of the sand.