You may be trying to save money by having an outdoor wedding and not renting a spendy venue. In some cases that may be possible, but here are some extra expenses you'll have to consider when planning an outdoor affair.
-Plates, glassware and flatware rentals
-Table linens rentals
-Portable restrooms- you don't want to destroy the home plumbing by overuse on the big day
-A dance floor
-A generator-for the musicians and or DJ equipment, extra lighting, etc.
-Speakers-unless your DJ will supply these
-Tent-your Plan B in case Mother Nature decides not to play along
-Permit-check your local laws for gatherings of more than 100 people
-Parking space-consider having your guests transported in from a larger parking lot
-A dumpster-if the guest count is large enough
If you want to throw your soiree in a public place, you may need permits for the following:
-State park land
-Private or public gardens
-Alcoholic beverages on public grounds
-Fire use (candles, torches, etc)
-Exemptions from local noise violation laws
Although there can be a lot more planning involved in an outdoor affair, it may be worth it to have a personal home wedding or a fun, off-beat locale. Look for amazing backdrops like mountain cliffs, a gorgeous city skyline or beneath an old, large tree. Just don't forget the bug repellent!
(Tim Brown Photography)