August 10

Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Avoiding Outdoor Wedding Pitfalls

By Nina Callaway, About.com Guide

If you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding, congratulations! Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful. However, they aren’t as easy as they may look. Outdoor weddings come with additional caveats and pitfalls, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to shine on your wedding day.

  1. Make your guests comfortable Think about what the weather will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don’t leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look into renting large electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the suns rays. If it will be cold and damp, make sure you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert will do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.
  2. Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. In a pinch, the tables can be scooted to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms. A heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes. Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so it won’t flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.
  3. Plan for Wind Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you’ll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan a style that won’t leave you looking like Cousin It! Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling product. Again, tell your guests in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure your tent will stand up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.
  4. Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding at the beach, you’re probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiant. Your DJ or band may be able to easily arrange this for you.
  5. Decorations One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate. But you still need to do some work. Visit the site a week before your wedding to make sure the grass is mown, the ground raked, and the flowers have bloomed. If your wedding is at a public park, you may want to ask the groomsmen or friends to do this the morning of your ceremony. If it’s been an especially cold season, you may need to supplement the flowers with some potted bulbs from a florist. Other decorations you may want to consider include an arch or trellis to focus the ceremony and frame the bride and groom as they say their vows; strings of lights or lanterns in the trees; luminaries.
  6. Make things tasty outside Does your caterer have experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they’re planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid things like mayonnaise salads or dishes which must be served cold.

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August 2

Custom Candy Labels

Candy is one of the most widely used wedding favors for two reasons. They’re cheap to buy in large quantities, and they’re easy to fit into any wedding theme, from elegant to bikini beach. Here are some cute candy concepts for your wedding.

1) Lollipops: A whole bouquet of lovely lollipops decorated with charming personalized labels can make the perfect table topper instead of flowers. You can even mix them in with the flowers.

2) Kisses:  Another type of candy perfect for wedding favors are chocolate kisses. Small, satisfying, and popular, if you decorate simple kisses with tiny circular labelsthey turn in to the perfect theme-oriented treat.

3) Jar of Candy: Small jars of tiny chocolates or mints make a classy, elegant favor. The candy jars are easily found at your local craft store and can be embellished with personalized labels from Labels on the Fly featuring you and your beau’s names, your photograph, or a cute phrase or saying.

4) Swedish Fish: Chewy, tasty, and vibrantly colored, Swedish Fish are a unique and rarely used candy treat that is perfect for any beach or tropical themed wedding. Fun and perfect for kids and adults labels, you can put them in bowls, jars, or wine glasses. Finishing them off with a personalized label from Labels on the Fly can give them a stylish touch.

5) Jelly Beans: Tins of jelly beans are small and make the perfect table top decoration placed on plates or in between dishware. They come in a variety of flavors ranging from mild (strawberry, grape, etc.) to outrageous (popcorn, cotton candy, bananas), and go well with wedding as they are softly colored in warm pastels. They’ll look even better when ornamented with lovely, colorful labels.

6) Ginger Snap Cookies: Planning a holiday wedding? Small bags of cookies make a great winter snack for wedding guests, especially if they’re ginger snaps or sugar cookies. While they are slightly more expensive to buy in bulk, there’s the cheaper option of making them yourself which will add a slightly more personal touch – as will decorating each bag with a personalized favors

7) Gumdrops : Gum drops are a delicious child-friendly favor perfect for the kid’s table. Colorful, sugary and always tasty, gumdrops can be easily integrated into your overall wedding theme. You can simply choose the colored gumdrops you want and adorn them with a  circular label concurrent to your wedding theme and wala! Scrumptious wedding favors.