Planning an outdoor wedding in the fall allows you to incorporate the brilliant colors of the season into the décor. One thing to remember, though, is that the weather in fall isn't always dependable. Although a sunny fall day can be warm enough for short sleeves, it only takes a slight amount of cloud cover to bring a chill to the air. The following tips can help you ensure your wedding is success regardless of the weather.
Tip #1: Plan for full tent coverage
Most people plan to have a tent or canopy to provide shade for the main reception area, but what do you do if it rains during the ceremony? Having one or more satellite canopies around the main reception tent ensures you have a place to move the ceremony in the event of weather issues. If you opt for canopies over full tents, make sure the tent rentals service provides an option to add tent walls on the day of the wedding. This way, if wind or rain is an issue, you can enclose the canopies to keep out the foul weather.
Tip #2: Control the temperature
A slight chill is fine for a short ceremony, but cold can put a damper on the festivities afterward. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep outdoor areas warm. Standup patio heaters are the most common option for wedding tent, although tent heaters equipped with blowers are also an option if it is very cold. It's best to rent these from your tent company since they will know the best way to set up the heaters and to shield them so they do not pose a fire hazard. Certain types of outdoor heaters, for example, can only be used outside of enclosed tents or under canopies.
Tip #3: Weatherproof the tables
Disposable plates and cups are generally considered tacky at a wedding, which is a good thing since a crisp fall breeze can send them flying. Make sure the tableware and glassware is relatively heavy so that blowing away won't be a concern. Tablecloths should also be affixed securely to the tables so a breeze doesn't make them a nuisance. You may also want to make sure you rent slightly heavier chairs and tables, as well, just to avoid them being knocked over by a particularly stiff breeze.
Talk to an event rental company for more help in planning an outdoor fall wedding.