The Everything Outdoor Wedding Book: Choose the Perfect Location, Expect the Unexpected, And Have a Beautiful Wedding Your Guests Will Remember!

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F+W Media, Inc., Nov 15, 2005 - Reference - 304 pages
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The Everything Outdoor Wedding Book is all you need to prepare splendid outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. This practical handbook covers it all—from selecting a location and planning an event to creating a contingency plan for bad weather.

Explore the options for:

  • Celebrations at home
  • Public and private gardens
  • Themes, palettes, and floral design
  • Outdoor attire and accoutrements
  • State-by-state outdoor wedding venues

The Everything Outdoor Wedding Book is the all-inclusive guide to planning a memorable and timeless wedding—outside!


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Sound Issues
Involving Guests
11Outdoor Receptions
Restroom Facilities
An Intimate Atmosphere
Music and Dancing
When Darkness Falls

Costs of an Outdoor Event
Trends in Outdoor Weddings
2Weather Concerns
LongRange Weather Forecasting
Selecting a Season
Anecdotal and Statistical Evidence
Rain Is Not the Only Enemy
Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella
3Potential Pitfalls
Creepy Critters
Uninvited Guests
Guest Comfort
Dirt Sweat and Tears
Sound Effects
4Contingency Planning
The Tent Question
Alternate Sites
Scheduling a Rain Date
Photography Flexibility
Communicating with Guests
Prepare for the Worst
5Selecting the Setting
Garden Weddings
Historic Properties
Public Places
Getting Permissions
The Right Questions
6Weddings at Home
Should You Do It All Yourself?
Renting Equipment
Parking Issues
A Big Job
Emergency Precautions
When the Partys Over
7Weddings Away from Home
Selecting a Destination
CruiseShip Weddings
Will They Come?
Planning from Afar
Pre and PostWedding Events
Making a Distant Place Your Own
8A BuiltIn Theme
Incorporating the Place into the Planning
Local Lore Language and Libations
Adding Theme Elements
Avoiding Thematic Conflicts
Sneak Preview and Welcome Ideas for Guests
9Dressing the Setting
Arches and Other Architectural Elements
The Aisle and Altar
Wheres the Sun?
Seasons Change
Embracing Natural Elements
Ten Crafty Ideas
10The Ceremony
Questions to Ask
A Service That Fits the Setting
Keeping the Focus on You
Bringing the Outdoors In
12Catering Considerations
Interviewing Caterers
Questions to Ask
Menu Dos and Donts
Seating Arrangements
Wind Concerns
Carting in the Cake
Questions to Ask
Before or After?
Out of the Shadows
Makeup Touchups
Creative Effects
A Shot List for the Photographer
Questions to Ask
14The Invitations
Themed Invitations
Instructions for Guests
Directions to HardtoFind Places
RSVP with Contact Information
Something Fun
15Outdoor Attire
How to Wear Your Hair
Bridesmaids Attire
The Grooms Garb
Communicating Correct Dress to Guests
Changing Attire Midstream
16The Final Countdown
Things to Do One Week Before
Final Details
Watching the Weather
Assembling an Emergency Kit
Keeping Guests in the Loop
17The Day Dawns
Your Communications Plan
Getting Ready
Smile for the Camera
Schedule Private Moments
When Its Not What You Hoped For
18A Grand Entrance
Your Transportation
Together or Separately?
Questions to Ask
Limo Limits
Aerial Arrivals
A Cleanup Checklist
Clean As You Go
Do No Harm Leave No Trace
Functional Favors
Saying Farewell to People and Place
Final Practicalities
appendix AStatebyState Directory of Suggested Outdoor Venues
appendix BWedding Day Emergency Contact Sheet
Photo Credits

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About the author (2005)

Kim Knox Beckius’ previous books include Backroads of New England and The Everything Guide to New England. Since 1998, she has produced’s New England for Visitors web site (, which offers a virtual tour of New England and provides weekly commentary on the region. She lives in Avon, Connecticut.

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