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How to Plan A Park Wedding 
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Park wedding ceremonies can be traditional, formal, casual, rustic, southwestern, or any style that you can think of.    Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills are some of the most popular destinations.     
The Valley of the Sun has more than 325 days of annual sunshine and with only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, the area offers an ideal setting for outdoor and park weddings.     Beautiful sunsets, desert landscapes, majestic mountains, lakes, and predictable weather, are top reasons brides and grooms have been  selecting Arizona parks  for their weddings.  

This beautiful Gilbert Park wedding is just one example.  The bride choose a natural setting with a nature theme for her ceremony.  It was simple and romantic.

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Outdoor wedding popularity is on the rise.    Gardens and parks top the list of outdoor locales for weddings.  Having a wedding outdoors can be a beautiful event, but  outdoor weddings must take Mother Nature into  consideration.   Planning a Park  can be exciting and fun.   The following are a few tips for planning a park wedding. 

Choose the Site
Before settling on a ceremony site, visit it several times during the same season, day of the week, and time of day as you plan to marry.  It’s important to visit your wedding site and view the surroundings as your guests will experience them on your wedding day. Consider where and how the sun shines at that hour of the day, so guests won’t be blinded and uncomfortable.   Make sure the venue is set up so everyone can have an unobstructed view of the happy couple.   Keep temperature in mind.   Take note of pedestrian traffic, ambient noise,  and the position of the sun—this will determine where you place your officiant, bridal party, and guests.

You should make sure the park is appropriate for the type of wedding you envision.

Things to consider:  number of guests, informal gathering without seating, formal gathering with seating, decorations, if you will have the wedding and reception at the park.    Logistics of catering, set-up, clean-up,and  utilities.

Location       

Once you’ve determined the perfect place, contact the park’s administrative office and find out what they require for a wedding.  Quite often, you do not need a permit if you are having a small gathering of guests, do not want to reserve a particular space, or if you will not be setting up tents, chairs, or having music.    The park regulations will state whether you will be allowed to bring in chairs, decorations, tents, toilets, serve alcohol and   play music.   

Wedding Officiant

Make sure you find an officiant that is willing to work at that location.

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Make It Easy For Guests to Find The Ceremony Location 

 Let guests know where to find you by including detailed directions with your invitations or on your wedding web site.  Be specific about where they should assemble.  If the park allows it, have signs pointing guests in the right direction.   Have  several greeters along the way to assist guests.    Having official  greeters to  welcome and  point your guests  in the right direction ,  will  also discourage drop-ins and uninvited guests.

Have a Back-up Plan

Have an alternate plan just in case.     In the case of inclement weather,  you  could hold your ceremony at the home of a  friend or relative who lives close to your original location.   Print the address and a phone number to call on  a rain card, and include it in your invitations so guests know exactly where to go if it rains.    That way, guests won’t have to scramble with alternative  instructions  the day of the wedding.   Consider renting a tent or a gazebo and make sure they are allowed at the park.    

 Dress Accordingly  

For  the bride  and groom, outdoor conditions should  be factored into wardrobe decisions.  A shorter gown, a gown without a train,  or more casual clothing may work better for outdoor weddings.   Keep weather conditions in mind when choosing your attire and attire for your wedding party.   You will want to choose appropriate material for the weather.  You want to make sure you look good and feel good on your special day.   

Wedding Flowers

An outdoor wedding calls for a bouquet that can brave all sort of weather.   Mums, alstromeria, and calla lilies survive better than other blooms on a warm sunny day.    Sturdy blossoms like sunflowers and heather are good choices.   After you make your selection, ask  your florist if they can apply a preservative to the flowers that will help them stay fresh.  Once your flowers arrive, immediately place them in a bucket of cold water. If stems can’t be submerged in water, at least find a cool shady spot for your flowers.

Consider these other tips to increase the fun and keep stress at bay.

 Prepare for the  unexpected.        Keep in mind seasonal allergies and insect, birds, and wildlife can cause difficulties at  an outdoor wedding.  You don’t want guests sneezing  or swatting pests  and being annoyed during the wedding.    Wind can can cause problems.  It can  launch tablecloths, set favors and decorations airborne.   It can catch your veil and blow hairstyles into disarray.     Make preparations such as table clips, tie down decorations, secured  tables, have the ceremony and reception in a gazebo or secured tent.    Make sure you ask the Parks and Recreation Department if there will be any other events on that day such as sporting events, parades, marathons, of if they expect a lot of people to be attending the park on that day.  Beware of ambient noises that  can cause distractions.  You will want to make sure there is plenty of parking, restrooms, and space available for your ceremony.  Consider car pooling, or having a courtesy shuttle, or bringing in portable restrooms for your guests.  

Just in Case
Because you can never be too prepared, keep the following on hand.

You may want to have a courtesy guest basket with the following items:      Bug Repellent Towelettes, Bottled  Water, Umbrellas, Paper Fans, Sunscreen,  Hand Sanitizer,  Paper Towels,  Tissues,

 

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