Resource: The Knot Outdoor Weddings

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If you are planning an outdoor wedding next year or just love looking at photos of beautiful events, you will want to check out The Knot Outdoor Weddings by Carley Roney and the editors of theknot.com.

The Knot website was founded to help couples easily navigate every wedding planning detail, both big and small. They help you discover your unique style by offering galleries of photos from real wedding couples to inspire your choices of dresses, flowers, hairstyles, venues and more. They offer organizational helps like a checklist and budgeter to help keep you on track. They will answer any wedding-related questions from combining Jewish and Hindu traditions to dealing with dad’s new girlfriend. The Knot also will help you set up a free wedding website to tell your story, keep guests up-to-date and share all your registries on one place.

So, the experts on wedding planning at The Knot have combined great ideas for events in gardens, vineyards, on beaches, in the mountains and more. They highlight over thirty real outdoor weddings, including some on estates, waterside, ranches, and cityscapes. The book emphasizes making the most of your setting’s natural beauty, while infusing it with special, meaningful touches that are all your own.

The Knot Outdoor Weddings offers a checklist and insider planning tips. They talk about flowers, cakes, tents, ceremony seating, with lots of beautiful color photographs to illustrate ideas. For example, the book recommends booking your venue ten to twelve months in advance so you have time to get permits, parking, tents, rentals and catering figured out, especially if it is a more remote setting. Because you may have to bring in everything–tents, bathrooms, tables, chairs–design the space so you have access to electricity and easy transportation. Always have a backup site and tent prepared in case of an emergency.

Remember to cater to your crowd–choose a later afternoon or early evening ceremony time if you are marrying in the heat of the summer, give guests good directions to the wedding venue and put up signs if you are marrying in a secluded spot. and be sure to provide hot-weather essentials like cold water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hand fans, and stable seating for older guests.

The Knot Outdoor Weddings also includes location-specific planning advice for the details of your event, such as attire, color palettes, stationery, menu, and favors, as well as considerations for setting up your back-up plan and keeping guests comfortable in any weather.

The romance of an outdoor wedding is undeniable, if you have thought through the details of your venue. You will find a lot of assistance with that in The Knot Outdoor Weddings. Enjoy!

This book is available online.

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