Talking About Event Planning

Come Rain Or Come Shine: Gown Considerations For An Outdoor Wedding Venue

With summer fast on its way, wedding season is in full bloom; the ability to have weddings outside is one of the primary reasons the fascination with being a "June bride" exists, after all. But with an outdoor wedding comes a bit of anxiety about the surprises Mother Nature can create, especially when it comes to the health and safety of your wedding dress. So if you're looking to figure out what considerations for your gown you need to keep in mind for your wedding in the great outdoors, then here's what you need to know.

Consider Material

The material of your wedding dress can make all the difference in how it fits you – and all the difference in how well it handles being outside. For an outdoor wedding, it's imperative you choose a fabric that can handle being out in the less-than-sterile open air of nature; sturdier fabrics like taffeta, tulle, gabardine, and damask can handle the time outside much more effortlessly than delicate fabrics like crepe, chiffon, batiste, or Georgette. If you love the look of delicate fabrics, you can always compromise to include a layer of the fine fabric over the more durable fabrics making up the bulk of your dress.

Mind Length

The length of your dress – from a flirty above-the-knee cut or a modest tea-length to a dramatic floor-level evening silhouette – is part and parcel of how the final product looks, but you should consider going higher, rather than lower, if you're planning to celebrate your nuptials outside. A full-length train at the end of your dress will look impressive going up the aisle, to be sure, but just think of all the dirt and grass stains it can collect as you walk towards your future spouse. Minding the length of your dress can be a crucial part of ensuring the dress escapes the ravages of nature and looks as good as it did in the store.

Embellish Carefully

Embellishments to complement your gown – gloves, a stole, a beaded sash, etc. – can take your wedding look to a whole different level, but you should consider them carefully. A decorative parasol, for example, will help protect against the sun, as well as add an air of sophistication, but it can also be picked up by the slightest gust of warm summer wind. Pieces separate from your dress can also be put down; helpful if the gloves get a bit too warm, but taking them off also opens them up to falling on the ground and/or being stepped on. If you want to include removable embellishments, make sure you have a place to store them away from the effects of the weather.

Prepare Yourself

Even after taking precautions to make sure that your dress is as friendly to an outdoor wedding as it can possibly be, you still need to prepare just in case a storm shows up unexpectedly or if your venue is a little less clean than originally thought. Having a nearby indoor Plan B is a good way to ensure you can have the day of your dreams – come rain or come shine.

For more information, contact Rolling Meadows Ranch or a similar location.