First and foremost, consider what your backup plan will be in the event of inclement weather.

By Courtney Levia
November 18, 2020
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Having an outdoor bridal shower during the spring and summer months is a fun, beautiful way to celebrate the bride-to-be. After all, pleasant weather, gorgeous landscaping, and the abundance of fresh, in-season flowers all help to create a memorable event. And now, in the age of COVID-19, an al fresco bridal shower is a safer way to celebrate—not only will air circulate better during an outdoor shower, but you'll also have more space for guests to spread out.

But whether you're planning an outdoor shower out of preference or safety, there are a few things you'll have to consider in order to keep everyone comfortable. Namely, the unpredictability of the weather. To help you plan a stress-free outdoor bridal shower, we asked one wedding planner to share the dos and don'ts you absolutely must keep in mind as you begin to plan the party.

Always Have a Backup Plan

The goal is to host the party outside, but it's important to consider what you'll do in the event that an open-air shower just isn't possible. "Definitely consider the weather and always have a backup plan," says Isabel Rokeach, event planner at Michelle Leo Events. Your backup plan may include an indoor space where the party may be moved to, she suggests, or perhaps a tent rental that's large enough to meet the event needs.

Always Try to Provide Shading

"If the event takes place in the heat of summer, plan for warmer temps and help your guests avoid too much sun exposure," Rokeach says. Providing shade in the form of bistro umbrellas (or a tent) is a great way to provide shade, she suggests, as it keeps your guests cool and comfortable.

Don't Schedule an Event at the Hottest Part of the Day

While shade is great, the best thing you can do is hold the party when temperatures will be more comfortable. This means avoiding a noon start time, when the sun will be directly overhead. "Consider the time of the event and select a comfortable timeframe when it won't be the hottest part of the day," Rokeach advises.

Always Keep the Weather in Mind as It Relates to the Food

"Keep in mind how the weather might impact your menu and décor," Rokeach says. For example, a beautiful cheese board may sound amazing, but it could be a disaster in the heat and may spoil, she warns. The same goes for the cake—a once-beautiful confection frosted in buttercream flowers won't look great if it's left outside in the heat for hours on end. You'll also want to provide plenty of cooling cocktails and hydrating drinks, like cold water, lemonade, and iced tea.

Don't Leave Floral Arrangements Outside for Too Long

"Refrain from putting floral arrangements out too early in direct sunlight," Rokeach suggests. They will likely wilt if left in the hot sun for too long. If you can, bring out any centerpieces or décor just before the party starts.

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