The Pacific Northwest is a stunning region, full of picturesque forests, mountains and beaches. With all this beauty, it’s no wonder that many local couples opt for outdoor weddings.
But while the landscape is beautiful, the weather is unpredictable. We’ve compiled a list of essential items to ensure your guests stay comfortable (and dry) at your outdoor wedding.
A large tent: This is the most important item on the list. Hopefully the weather is perfect on your big day, but it’s important to give your guests a place to get out of the rain or the sun on a hot day.
Insect repellent: If the mosquitoes are particularly bad, consider having the grounds sprayed a couple of days before your wedding. Check with your venue to see if they can arrange this service. Electronic insect repellents can also provide protection over large areas.
Sunscreen: Provide it in your guest’s welcome bags!
Handheld fans: Tip: Try turning your program into a fan – all you need is cardstock or cardboard, glue and some popsicle sticks.
Restrooms: If your venue doesn’t have a restroom, you’ll have to supply one. These can range from basic to deluxe depending on your budget.
Staging area: Make sure you’ve got somewhere nearby to get dressed before the wedding.
Rope or string: This has a million uses – tie things down if it gets windy, hang lanterns or use it to decorate!
Lights: String lights are beautiful if you’ve got electrical outlets to plug them in. Citronella candles or torches make a great insect-repelling alternative.
Blankets: Keep your guests comfortable on a cool night with throw blankets. (We love a bonfire on nights like this, but get the OK from your venue and check for any fire bans first!)
First aid kit: Be prepared for any bee stings, cuts or burns.
Garbage bags: Pack your trash out!