So, you are dreaming of a beautiful outdoor wedding on the beach or in a beautiful, lush garden area. There are a lot of details involved in planning an outdoor wedding reception.
We are going to share out top 3 tips for having an outdoor wedding reception.
How should catering and food be handled for outdoor food service or dining?
Not all caterers are experienced in delivering, serving, or cooking food outdoors. If outdoor cooking is on your menu, hire a catering company that’s familiar with working outdoor weddings. It is much different from the luxuries provided by indoor banquet facilities, hotels, or wedding venues. Additional tables, seats, and mingling areas may need to be set for the serving of the food.
Interview several caterers and ask if they have experience with outdoor weddings. If you need outdoor cooking you may want to ask if they have experience with fire, grills, etc.
What food should be on the menu?
Your catering company will be responsible for keeping food at the right temperatures while outdoors. They may need backup refrigeration for excess food.
You may choose a Fondue, BBQ, or other outdoor cooking methods that may involve fire. Propane, wood, grills, and other outdoor cooking equipment will be needed. You will need to know if your caterer has this equipment or if you will need to rent it.
There are so many options when hosting an outdoor wedding reception. Tropical beach-themed receptions are popular.
Weather contingency plan?
A backup plan is important for couples planning an outdoor wedding reception. If you are planning an outdoor tent you may ask your tent rental company if the tent can be enclosed or have side panels.
If you are not renting a tent you may want to choose an outdoor location with a hall, covered veranda, outdoor porch, or gazebo for guests to secure shelter in the event of inclement weather. You will want your guests to be protected.
Your caterer will also need a contingency plan for the food to be covered so you don’t waste your investment. Your catering company will need to be prepared for any type of weather.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding discuss these things with potential caterers before securing a catering company.