Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Music for an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

The majority of weddings the Tres Classique Ensemble Players perform for are outdoors. Beautiful locations outside have great appeal, yet also bring some challenges and unpredictable elements. With some advanced planning, an outdoor wedding can go smoothly, even if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Have a Clear Backup Plan

If you decide on an outdoor wedding ceremony, you may want to consider having it on the grounds of the venue where you are having the reception. There are many venues that have beautiful grounds that are appropriate for outdoor weddings. In the event of inclement weather, you can have the ceremony in the reception location.

If you have an outdoor wedding in a more remote location, you have a couple of options. Some couples rent a marquee and hold the ceremony and reception in the same place. This way, in case of rain, the wedding can continue without having to change locations. Be sure the marquee has sides that can be rolled down in case of heavy rain or wind. Another option is having the ceremony outside in one location and the reception at a venue in a nearby area. In case of rain, you can reserve the reception venue as a backup for the ceremony. Be sure to include the backup plan in your invitations.

Also, please communicate with your musicians up front the back up plan and the time to avoid any surprises.

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