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Crystal Ballroom St. Augustine

Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor Wedding

An outdoor ceremony is a magical place where every perfect sash, ribbon and flower follow a timeline that has no room for rainstorms and unpredictable weather. Since most fail to plan for Murphy’s Law, we have a list of what can go wrong with an outdoor wedding and tips to avoid the disaster.

Create a Blueprint

Weddings are not a one size fits all. One bride might host a small beach wedding with a group of less than 20, and pull it all off without the need for tents and permits. Another bride might plan with higher expectations. What could cost a few hundred for one bride, could cost many thousands for another. Off-site locations require that you transport the dream to the destination. This could mean that you transport the furnishings, décor, flowers, tents, china, linens, audio system, stages, lighting, generators and every detail of the indoor venue to the outdoor setting. Planning your outdoor wedding at an all-inclusive wedding venue with an outdoor ceremony space can eliminate all the stress of planning for the outdoor space while saving thousands in the process.

Outdoor Wedding Predictions

An outdoor wedding requires that you create some predictions and be prepared to work with them. Before you walk the aisle to an outdoor ceremony space, tour the site during the same time of day and year to create a plan that embraces some predictions. You might change the time of day to avoid afternoon showers, consider tents and change up your perfume with one that contains an insect repellent, such as Aromaflage and Bombshell. Planning your wedding at a venue that has an outdoor and indoor ceremony space can shift your outdoor wedding inside when needed.

Outdoor Wedding

Test Your Improvisational Skills

Planning an outdoor wedding will put your improvisational skills to the test. The outdoor wedding is dreamy, but the whimsical playground of nature must fit your personality. If you are not the outdoorsy bride, you will probably meet challenges with the outdoor wedding. There are many factors to consider and plan around. A bride should look absolutely stunning on her wedding day and in every photograph. There are a few things to think about. Humidity can frizz hair. A downpour can remove makeup. Consider having a hair and makeup artist on standby with a private space for touch-ups between photographs. Plan with a wedding venue that has a bridal suite onsite.

Flowers for an Outdoor Wedding

The benefit of hosting a wedding outdoors is the ability to create a romantic space in an existing garden. This does not mean you will not need or use flowers. An outdoor wedding needs flowers too. You will probably want bouquets, romantic floral runners on the tables and a decorated wedding arch or arbor. Keep in mind that artificial flowers are not acceptable in all locations, and live flowers will not fare well in every outdoor environment. Some beaches have conditions for permitting which restrict the use of artificial flowers on the beach. Regardless of where or how you use your live flowers, temperature and sunlight are important factors to consider. Sensitive flowers, like hydrangeas, will wilt quickly with heat and direct sunlight. This can make it challenging to decorate an arbor with one of the most voluminous and romantic wedding flowers. Consider the season, outdoor conditions and the flowers you plan to use. Planning with a venue that has in-house wedding designers and florists can help you choose the right fresh and artificial floral arrangements to design your outdoor wedding space.

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Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine

Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine is a breathtakingly beautiful wedding venue in the heart of World Golf Village. The green and lakes create the perfect space for an outdoor wedding. The all-inclusive venue includes all of the designs, furnishings, flowers and services to make your dream wedding come true. Ready yourself in the onsite bridal suite and walk the aisle at a venue designed just for you. The indoor and outdoor ceremony space provide flexibility and an alternative ceremony plan. Meet with the in-house wedding designers and florists at Crystal Ballroom to create your magical outdoor wedding space.



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Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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