Depending on the time of year, an outdoor reception can be absolutely beautiful. Some reception halls have outdoor sites available or you can choose from a variety of city, county, and state parks. Otherwise, you could always host your celebration in your own home or backyard – à la Father of the Bride!
If you decide to host your reception at a local park, you may be able to reserve a pavilion. Make sure to find out well in advance what you are allowed and not allowed to do. Each park has its own particular rules and restrictions.
A major benefit of hosting your reception in the great outdoors is the picturesque atmosphere. An outside reception also allows for a wide range of menu options. Enjoy anything from no-frills picnics to formal sit-down dinners. You can hire a caterer or do-it-yourself with the help of rental companies.
Does the site have any restrictions?
Each local park has particular rules and regulations. Make sure to find out well in advance which ones apply to your event.
Does the site have some kind of shelter?
If not, you will have to provide your own. Rental tents are available in many styles and sizes; from open-air canopies to tents enclosed with French windowed walls. Some can even accommodate up to 2,500 people.
Is there restroom accessibility?
Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities. Units are clean and can come with flushing toilets, sinks, mirrors and lights, providing all the conveniences of an indoor facility outdoors.
Is there an alternate option in case of inclement weather?
If there are extreme weather conditions you will need to have a back up plan.
Will we have to deal with a large insect population?
Depending on the time of year, you may have to spray or find a way to combat pesky creatures.
Do we need power?
If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity.
What rentals will I need?
Don’t forget tables, chairs, table settings, linens and chair covers. Rental companies also offer dance floors, lighting, audio-visual equipment and more to provide the ideal atmosphere for any celebration.