By Cassie Steele
Gorgeous scenery, secluded luxury glamping yurts, and exclusive access to an entire private park is what sets Vernonia Springs apart from other wedding venues. Exuding a unique combination of elegance, romance, and whimsy, it’s not hard to see why outdoor weddings have grown recently in popularity — from 39% of couples getting married outdoors in 2009 to 52% in 2017, The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study reveals. Still, don’t let the relaxed, fuss-free vibe fool you too much. Outdoor weddings require a special consideration to pull them off. Here are some essential tips to make your day a success!
If you’re holding your wedding in the summer, avoid rich and heavy dishes. Instead, opt for light, refreshing food that will keep guests satisfied and cool — such as, appetizers of prosciutto-wrapped figs and crostini made from mixed tomatoes, balsamic, and dill on bruschetta. Gourmet think crust pizza with caesar salad and cold Italian pasta salads make great mains. Ask about our wood-fired pizza catering options.
As for the cake, buttercream frosting can melt in the heat. Smooth fondant holds up better. If it’s really hot — above 70 degrees — it’s best to bring the cake out right before slicing. If, however, it’s too beautiful not to keep on display, put it in a cool, shaded area away from the sun.
Mother Nature already provides a stunning backdrop here at Vernonia Springs, which means there’s less decorating for you to do. You may want to supplement the natural beauty out here and adorn the space with succulents, fresh flowers, and potted trees from a local florist, especially in colder months. As for the rest of the decor, keep it simple by stringing fairy lights and lanterns in the trees and lighting walkways with farolitos. At Vernonia Springs, the dock is a popular location for ceremonies; setting up a beautiful trellis can make yours even more special.
Weather is unpredictable, so be sure to have a backup plan if you’re having an open-air ceremony. Simply having a tent waiting on standby provides a suitable place to retreat if the heaven’s decide to open. Keep umbrellas and waterproof ponchos close to hand. Drape blankets over chairs for when it gets chilly in the evening.
Finally, make sure all your guests can actually hear you during the vows and toasts. Depending on how big your ceremony is, audio equipment may be required. Ultimately, ensuring the comfort of your guests will mean it’s easier for you to relax on the day. Following these tips will help your event go off without a hitch and you’ll be free to focus on what matters: getting married.