Tip #28 – If you’re planning a wedding in the mountains, carefully consider the items you will need to take to the site.
Having a wedding in the beautiful outdoors is a great experience for the adventurous; however, it can be more challenging logistically. Whether you’re planning an outdoor ceremony at a lake, a camping style reception, or even a wedding at a rustic mountain lodge, you’ll want to carefully consider every item you’ll be taking to the site. The last thing you’ll want is to forget an essential element for your ceremony or reception!
Carefully and meticulously going through a list of items required for both your ceremony and reception is important for any destination wedding in the mountains, but is especially true for weddings where you need to carry items in on foot, up a mountain in a gondola or transported via helicopter! Remember, what goes in, is also going to have to go out. You should pack only what’s absolutely necessary. Extra weight or extra trips could end up costing you.
Organization is key. When possible, pack your gear in carefully labeled, clear bins. Inventory each bin and attach a list of contents to the outside of each bin so you know exactly what’s inside. If you can, try and keep ceremony and reception items separate. You may even want to label each bin according to how many overall bins, for example,“1 of 10”.
Of course, you will likely need to recruit some extra help to get your gear where it needs to be. Surely, packing in gear isn’t something you want to be doing on your wedding day!
Other things to keep in mind:
- Carefully wrap and protect breakables (if possible limit the amount of breakables you bring).
- Avoid overly bulky, heavy or large decor items.
- If you have heirlooms, valuables or custom-made decor items, package these separately and bring yourself or have someone responsible take care of them.
- If you’re being married in a natural setting, consider the environment. Sometimes less is more.
- Utilize a checklist. Check it twice.
Remember, if something is inadvertently forgotten or misplaced, it isn’t the end of the world (in most cases). Stay focused on your sharing your special day with your loved ones instead.