By Lauren, Eichar Photography
1. If your ceremony is scheduled to be midday, find a shady location.
Why shade? Under shade the light on faces will be even. You won't risk having faces overexposed in photos from a bright sun, and you won't risk having scattered light on faces. Not to mention, your guests will probably enjoy the ceremony more without the sun in their eyes.
2. Think about scheduling your couple portraits during golden hour.
Couple portraits are the photos of just you two. It's one of the only times during a wedding day where you can pause, soak in your day, and enjoy one-on-one time together. Why not soak that special time in together while the light looks best!? The hour before the sun sets allows for warm, soft, and gorgeous light for your photos! When the sun is lower in the sky, the light offers a much more flattering glow than when above you where it catches shadows from your eyes and nose. Maybe you plan on taking some couple portraits after your first-look, before the ceremony, but think about stepping out for some more during the golden hour. If you have dinner scheduled during golden hour, think about slipping away for just 15 minutes while guests keep enjoying their dinner.
3. Have a conversation about what you'll do if it rains.
Some couples choose to rent a tent for back up, and some embrace the rain. I've seen brides leave umbrellas out for guests in a decorative way in case of rain. When you come up with a plan, the rain won't feel like it interrupted the flow of the day. Just tell your guests, "it was all part of the plan". :)
4. Take advantage of the outdoors with some outdoor activities!
Not only will guests love goofing off at your wedding, it will create some awesome photos too! Consider how you spend your free time and incorporate that into your day. For my wedding I had guests from Jamie's side of the family and my side of the family throwing huge dice, the size of their hands, for a big game of pharkle. It was a lot of fun seeing people who didn't know each other enjoy our wedding day and get to know each other over a big game of dice. Whether it's a lawn game or taking a canoe out on the lake, just do what is fun for you.
5. Decorate your outdoor wedding with touches of nature.
Let who you are as a couple shine through in the details at your wedding! Whether you have a love for wild flowers, mountains, or adventure, have fun incorporating that into the details. You can bring the outdoors to your table decorations and remind your guests what a beautiful day they're a part of. These special details can add to the feeling of your wedding day and can help tell the story of your day when you look back on your wedding photos.
Thanks for checking out my tips on planning your outdoor wedding! Please feel free to leave comments and questions below.