Are you breaking a sweat because your client wants a desert wedding? Planning a desert wedding might seem like a daunting task. Thus we have 10 tips that are sure to help you breeze through the heat!
Find A Comfortable Venue
We know what you are thinking, how does one say comfortable and desert in the same sentence? But it is possible. There are many gorgeous options for your desert wedding venue in Las Vegas.
People tend to forget it is within Nevada’s the Mojave Desert. You can choose spots that are near natural springs and lakes. Some options have working ranches, cabins, and outdoor theaters as well.
Comfort also can come from how you set up the venue. Pay attention to the direction that the guests will be facing during the ceremony. You don’t want them fighting with the sun’s rays. FYI, the desert sun will win.
Look for areas that have some natural shade or areas where you can add some. A comfortable venue means comfortable guests!
Choose Appropriate Wedding Attire
It is even more important than the bride and groom are comfortable. A desert is not your traditional wedding setting so then, the wedding attire can’t be.
Recommend that the couple skip the intricate gown and three-piece suit. They should opt for a lighter style. There are many breathable fabrics like lace, chiffon, and cotton.
Brides can opt for a boho-chic dress or bridal separates. Grooms can go for suspenders or a short-sleeve look. Don’t forget that they should wear comfortable shoes as well.
Remember that this tip applies to the wedding party as well.
Prepare The Guests
Don’t prepare the soon-to-be newlyweds and their wedding party only. Prepare the guests too. Desert weddings are not the most common. Guests might have some confusion about what to expect.
Provide as much information as you can. Give them details about logistics, timeline and the recommended attire. If it’s a destination wedding, send them information on nearby hotels, restaurants, and activities.
If you want to add a unique touch, ask them to walk with a pair of sunglasses. It would protect their eyes and add a nice touch to the wedding photos!
Keep Track of Weather Reports and Sunset Times
Speaking of photos, it is important to keep checking on the weather reports and sunset times. While rain is a possibility, what you need to think about is the high winds. You also don’t want to miss out on gorgeous golden hour photos so the timing of your ceremony is important.
No one wants to have wedding photos that have poor lighting or are looking like they have been through a storm.
Keep Everyone Hydrated
This should be a no-brainer. A desert wedding means that you should cater to more water than usual. Ensure that you have made provisions for everyone to stay hydrated.
It can be part of the wedding décor. For instance, little buckets with personalized bottles of water. Depending on the venue, you can have a drink stand with refreshing cocktails, lemonade, etc.
Remember, the more hydrated everyone is, the longer the celebration can go!
Don’t Go with a Traditional Menu
You also have to recommend a menu to your client that will be most appropriate for a desert wedding. This means picking food that will hold up in the heat and keep your guests cool. You can have a refreshing fruit stand with oranges, watermelons, chilled grapes, etc.
Skip things like cheeses and soups. Choose dishes with high water content like cucumbers and radish.
Lighter is always better in warmer weather. More traditional wedding dishes are heavier. These can make your guests feel more sluggish in the heat. Not want your client would want when it is time to get the party started! So choose some light hors d’oeuvres and fresh snacks.
Have Weather-Appropriate Favors
For desert weddings, wedding favors options are easy. To go with your “keep hydrated” theme, you can also provide favors that add even more protection. When the guests arrive, offer them umbrellas that they can use during the ceremony.
These umbrellas can be personalized with a special message from the bride or groom. Or simply have the couple’s names and wedding date.
Other cute but useful options are small bottles of sunscreen and lip balm. You do want guests to come away with a memorable experience. But it should not be from serious sunburn and chapped lips.
Prepare for Temperature Change
You need to put things in place for the heat. It might not be as obvious to put things in place for the cold.
At certain times of the year, the desert temperature can change significantly from day tonight. So if the reception is outdoors also, then make sure there are enough heat sources. When preparing your clients and guests, you can also suggest that they walk with an extra layer of clothing. Things tend to get very chilly!
Embrace The Outdoors
Your client chose a desert wedding for a reason so make full use of the desert’s beauty. When deciding on décor, consider the natural environment. There might be natural options for centerpieces and backdrops. Get creative with it! It will not only be great for the ambiance but also the budget.
If your clients do want to add extra touches such as flowers, discuss carefully with the florists. You would need flowers that could withstand the heat.
Have a Back-up Plan
Finally, you should always have a back-up plan. This way, you can be as cool as a cucumber even if the temperature rises (literally and figuratively). You might plan everything down to a tee but you never know what may arise. There could be a random shower or some other upset.
So look into what contingencies are possible. Make sure and discuss it with your client thoroughly. Not to make them anxious but to let them know that you have things under control. If they feel confident in your plan, then they will feel a sense of assurance on their big day, no matter what may come!
Have you planned any desert weddings for your clients? Did you use any of the tips above? What other tips would you add? Let us know in the comments!