A Hospitable Bride

Spring is here!  Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and insects are biting?!  Spring weddings are upon us again and while outdoor weddings are still a must for this beautiful season of beginnings, we should always take the comfort of our guests into consideration when planning an outdoor event.

When it’s soggy outside…

April can be a little unpredictable.  The most beautiful day can give way to rain on a moment’s notice.  When planning an outdoor wedding in April, a backup plan is usually recommended.  Some venues will offer a contingency plan such as a tent or a hall set up in case you have to move the party indoors.  But if it’s just a little sprinkle, you may want to keep the ceremony outside and just provide umbrellas for guests.

When it’s muggy outside…

In humid cities like Houston, where I lived for two years, the moisture from Spring showers combined with the Texas heat creates a thick humidity that’s almost like a blanket.  It’s a trademark of the state, just like big hair.  And the two do not mix!  A few things you can provide to help wedding guests cool off and stay dry include small paper parasols to shield the sun, silk hand fans to generate a light breeze and pretty tissue packs to use to stay fresh.

(image credit: Beau-coup)

(image credit: Beau-coup)










When it’s buggy outside…

One of the best things about Spring weddings is the abundance of flowers.  You can have your pick of blooms.  But incorporating all kinds of sweet floral arrangements means you’re going to attract insects.  If you don’t want the bugs to be the star of the show, set some citronella candles around the space to help ward them off.  You can find them in all sizes at gardening stores.  For outdoor receptions, choose spring-y candle holders such as the mini garden pails and set them out along the tables.

(image credit: Beau-coup)

Don’t let the outdoors spoil your Spring fling.  Be a hospitable bride.  A few simple wedding supplies can help your guests sit back and enjoy your wedding.