The whirlwind summer wedding season is here, and in between attending ceremonies of friends and family members, many newly engaged couples are happily planning their own nuptials. This time of year, Cornerstone Theatre receives many questions about organizing an outdoor wedding. To help you plan your perfect day, here are a few of our recommendations for booking an outside venue.

Book early

As we recommended in our previous blog on wedding venues, booking early is the best way to avoid disappointment. Popular venues will book quickly, and if you’re set on an outdoor ceremony, you’ll have less flexibility than an indoor location. Bear in mind that some couples book up to 18 months in advance, so reaching out to potential venues should be among the top items on your to-do list

Visit your location in advance

For outdoor weddings, seeing your set up ahead of time is especially important. You’ll want to get a feel of how things look on a normal day, as well as identify your core accessibility questions. Are there paths for individuals in a wheelchair or with a stroller? Are bathrooms within a reasonable distance from the ceremony/reception site? Is it easy for guests to get to the site, or will you need to arrange group transportation? These are all things your venue representative and planner can help you answer, meaning you’ll be set on your big day.

Be mindful of weather related issues

Rain is an obvious potential complication with an outside ceremony, but there are other elements you’ll want to be aware of as well. If you live in hot climate, are there shaded areas for your guests to cool off in? Do you have the provisions to secure chairs in case the wind picks up, etc.? Most importantly, does your venue have a backup space for you to use if the weather shifts? Cornerstone Theatre, for example, offers couples that have booked their reception with them, use of the theatre should the weather render an outside event infeasible.

What decorations do you want for your ceremony?

Outdoor locales come with their own requirements that need to be accounted for, particularly if the site is accessible to the public. Public sites, for example, will not permit alcohol on premises. If you have specific decorations like rose petals, tiki torches, or a butterfly or dove release that you’d like to take place, it’s best to address that with the venue as soon as possible.

Cornerstone Theatre happily provides full service to our couples, offering the delivery, set up and tear down of white resin chairs, as well a wedding coordinator to help you plan your big day. To learn more about our wedding options, including our catering services for the Canmore Nordic Centre , Contact us today!