It may still be winter, but as any bride knows, it’s never too soon to start planning your wedding. North Carolina’s beautiful scenery and warm spring air make it the perfect place for a spring or summer outdoor wedding. In this post, we’ve provided some tips for planning your outdoor wedding.

Choosing a venue: The most important part of an outdoor wedding—aside from the ceremony itself, of course—is its location. You’ll want to choose somewhere private (you don’t want a stranger walking through the middle of the ceremony!) and accessible. Many beautiful NC gardens allow couples to use their grounds for weddings, or you can even choose to have the ceremony at your own home. Either way, it’s a good idea to choose a rental tent to go with the venue itself—you don’t want the ceremony to be ruined by a sudden rainstorm!
Planning your décor: Summer may feel like a long way off, but savvy brides-to-be are already planning their decorations. You’ll want to consider color schemes, lighting options (paper lanterns are great for outdoor weddings), flowers, table settings, and party favors. Pinterest—an online pinboard that allows you to share and collect pictures, ideas, and more—is a fantastic resource for ideas.
What about the reception?: If your wedding venue has the space, an outdoor reception could be beautiful, especially for late afternoon weddings. Your guests won’t forget dancing under the open sky as the sun sets. If you do decide to hold the reception outdoors, make sure you’ve considered all the appropriate party rentals—tables, tents, chair rentals, and so on. On the other hand, your venue might have an indoor space that’s just right for the reception, so be sure to thoroughly explore all your options.
Enjoy yourself: Wedding stress is inevitable, but make sure you don’t burn yourself out before the big day. What tasks can you delegate to family members and friends? Maybe you have a talented decorator for a bridesmaid, or you can ask someone to take care of the party rentals. The more people who can help out, the better—delegating tasks will help you relax and enjoy the big day itself.
If you’re looking for party rentals in Raleigh and the surrounding area, look no further than Brown’s Recreational Rentals. We provide chair rentals, generator rentals, bounce house rentals, and more—whether you’re planning a wedding, a family reunion, or just a fun get-together, we’ll have the supplies you need to make your party a success. Contact us at (919) 438-1532 for more information, or to make a reservation today.