posted by Andrew Ackerman, Violinist on October 20th, 2008
What better time to begin a new life than spring? All of nature begins anew—baby birds chirp in their nests, newly-greened aspen leaves quake in a fresh breeze, and the wind whispers through pine trees. As you walk toward your one and only, you’re overwhelmed by this outdoor scene. Then, bars of Enya swell as your groom smiles at you; you catch a whiff of your wedding bouquet and walk toward the future.
You’ve been worried all day. It’s early October, your wedding day, your outdoor wedding day, and the weatherman promises rain. Without alternatives, you push ahead, picking up your groom’s individually-designed wedding band, having your nails and hair done just right, finally stepping into your sparkling gown, the one you’ve dreamt of and searched for, the perfect princess dress for you. Though the temperature is brisk, the rain has held off. As you walk down the aisle, strains of Cold Play’s “Yellow” guide you through. The breeze picks up and your veil flutters behind you—the perfect picture. As the minister begins the ceremony, clouds break apart and rays of sunlight stream down upon you and your groom. Perfect in every way.
Suggestions for Outdoor Weddings
Outdoor locations are some of the most popular scenes for weddings; in fact, many couples come to Colorado for a destination mountain wedding. While these occasions are memorable and picturesque, they can prove challenging for couples, guests, and musicians.
To prepare for such challenges, remember a few tips:
- Because Colorado’s weather changes quickly, you should have a backup plan to move indoors, so your wedding guests and musicians are not caught in the rain.
- If you have no indoor option, be sure to provide numerous umbrellas in the case of a light rain.
- Since musicians will be performing your prelude and postlude and will spend additional time outdoors, be sure to find them a sheltered and shady place. If shade is not available, rent an ample canopy for your musicians. Their fine musical instruments, sometimes worth over $50,000, will be damaged by too much sun exposure.
- Consider the amount of time your guests will spend in the sun on a hot day. If you cannot provide a shady area with trees or a tent, be sure to keep the ceremony short. You may even want to provide bottled water for elderly grandparents and guests.
- When the temperature drops, you and your guests can bundle up with a coat, scarf and gloves, but your music artists cannot. Their arms, hands and fingers must be free to play the instrument. If the temperature or wind chill drops below 60 deg F, they will be unable to continue performing. If you expect chilly temperatures, place your artists within an inside doorway.
Your music concierge can help you with the logistics of your outdoor wedding.
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