Outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular every year. They take advantage of the natural beauty of a setting, allow more flexibility with design, and add to the beauty of the night by dancing under the stars. Unfortunately, there are also a few challenges that come with planning an outdoor wedding. But with a few innovative tools and equipment, you can create a picture-perfect night.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, here are 9 innovations you need to make sure your big day is a success:
1. Solar Panels
You’ll need some extra power if you’re holding your wedding outdoors. Convenient portable solar panels, like those from EcoFlow, are a great way to get the power you need without relying on noisy gas generators or being tethered to indoor outlets. They’re also eco-friendly, so you can feel good about using them on your big day. Plus, if you attach a battery backup to your panels, you can store and use the energy from the sun all night long!
2. Mobile Restrooms
One of the biggest challenges of planning an outdoor wedding is finding a place for your guests to use the restroom. Mobile restrooms are a great solution to this problem. They’re clean, convenient, and can go just about anywhere. Plus, they come in various sizes and styles to fit any event.
If you’re hosting a backyard wedding, you won’t have to welcome guests into your house. If you’re using an outdoor venue, you can keep your guests in one managed area with a clean and comfortable bathroom that gets packed up at the night’s end.
3. Solar String Lights
Solar string lights are a great option if you’re looking for a way to add some extra light and ambiance to your outdoor wedding. They’re easy to set up and don’t require electricity, so you can save money on your power bill. Plus, they come in various colors and styles to fit any event.
Whether you want classic white lights or something more suited to your wedding’s theme, solar string lights are a great way to brighten up your big day. And there’s no need to have anyone turn them on—after saving up enough energy from the sunlight earlier in the day, they’ll automatically turn on at night to illuminate the dancefloor.
4. Drone Cameras
If you want to capture your outdoor wedding from a unique perspective, consider using drone cameras. They can get shots that would otherwise be impossible for a traditional wedding photographer.
Drone cameras take advantage of the open space of the great outdoors, and they’re a lot of fun to use. Plus, they make excellent wedding video b-roll. Just ensure you have a designated operator who knows how to fly the drone safely and that you have permission from the venue before taking off and capturing those special moments.
Continuing with the unique perspective theme, why not throw a GoPro into the mix to capture those unforgettable moments in first person?
Undoubtedly less practical than drone cameras, but still totally possible with some forward thinking. Are we suggesting the bride walks down the aisle with a bouquet in one hand and a selfie stick in the other? Of course not. Simply incorporate the GoPro into the bridal flower arrangement, but don’t forget to remove it before tossing the bouquet!
Also, remember to set the GoPro to a wide FOV to capture as much of your surroundings as possible.
6. Digital Guestbook App
The elements can be unpredictable at the best of times, and a seemingly clear night can quickly turn into a downpour without prior notice.
Despite the incomparable personal touch that ink and paper provide, a digital guestbook is far more resistant to less-than-ideal weather conditions or even accidental spills.
If you’re still unconvinced, you can always have the digital guestbook printed out at a later date to recreate a more traditional guestbook. Of course, this comes down to personal preference.
7. Live Streaming
With more and more people choosing to pull up stakes and move elsewhere, attending your wedding in person may not be possible for everyone on the guest list.
Thankfully, the rapid advancements in technology over the last few decades have opened up the world of live streaming!
Select venues around the world have started to offer live stream wedding packages for simplicity, but many of them will allow you to rig up your own live stream as well.
Not only does this allow family and friends across the globe to take part in the action, but you’ll also be left with plenty of footage to remember your special day for years to come.
It’s a win-win!
8. GIF Photobooth
Photobooths are nothing new, and still images are increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
Consider leveling up your wedding day with a GIF photobooth, which provides an instantly shareable animation by stitching 3-5 images together.
Standard photos often lack any sense of life or atmosphere, and GIFs solve precisely that problem. You could even export the GIFs to a compatible photo app to create an animation album!
9. Set Up Charging Stations
Technology plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives, and your wedding day is no exception to the rule. A device (or two) will undoubtedly need recharging during the day, and this is difficult enough to manage at an indoor venue, let alone outdoors.
Setting up dedicated charging stations throughout the venue will keep everyone in the family happy and allow them to snap more pictures and ultimately create more memories!
Wedding Without a Hitch
Outdoor weddings are a beautiful way to celebrate your big day. With some careful planning and the right equipment, you can ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch. From solar panels to keep the party going all night long to mobile restrooms for your guests’ convenience, with these innovations in place, you can relax and enjoy your big day.