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Get Inspired: G+G is all about sharing the magic. Our blog posts and Instagram feed are your personal source for: sublime event design inspiration, planning tips and tools, done-for-you party plans, and real events from industry pros.  Be sure to subscribe to our email list (we NEVER spam or sell your info) to stay current with everything that's happening around G+G

Planning & Design: With more than 10 years in the event industry,  I launched G+G with a focus on design, planning, and production for weddings and special events . I combine organic, sustainably-minded designs and a collaborative planning style to make for a truly custom experience. (And, yes, we do travel for destination events.) For more details, email hello@gatherandgoods.com

Educating Event Creatives: For years, I served as a business coach of sorts to those seeking inspiration, direction, help, or advice. In 2017, I decided to own that role and be intentional about it. I started writing about the event industry, mentoring newbie business owners, creating action plans for existing businesses, and launched the Spark workshop series. If you are a creative entrepreneur ready to launch or grow your business, let's chat!

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4 Tips For Hosting An Outdoor Wedding

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

What better place to commit to your "Future Mr. or Mrs." than in the beauty of the great outdoors? Seriously, as a newlywed myself, we held our ceremony beneath a willow tree in a garden meadow. We could not have asked for a more perfectly appointed location. And, the location only called for the addition of some guest seating (provided with the venue rental) to complete the picture.

Here are four tips for hosting an outdoor wedding...

Let Mother Nature Work For You - With the current trends of greenery and gardens in all of the wedding mags (and real life), Mother Nature comes fully equipped to provide those elements at little or no extra cost to you. The location can then guide your design, decor and dining decisions. A cohesive design is crucial to #winning the event design game for weddings or any kind of soiree.

Sprinkle in Surprises - Nothing says fall fête like a S'mores station seamlessly integrated into a cozy lounge area around a fire pit. Or how about a basket of sunglasses greeting guests for an afternoon waterside ceremony? Little details that take advantage of the outdoor space or tell guests "we were thinking about you" create opportunities for you and your guests.

Don't forget the lights - Whether it's lanterns, strings of bistro lights, or fire pits..."lighting" is key to setting the stage for a truly magical ambiance. This tip goes for both indoor and outdoor locations. Lighting and sound will make (or break) the show.

Plan for the Elements - The reality is when Mother Nature is involved...she is in charge. All you can do is have a plan for it. Plan for the weather. Plan for pests. The biggest concern for most couples on their wedding day is...the weather. Why? Because Mother Nature loves the trends, but sometimes she likes to mix things up and next thing you know your beautiful spring evening gets an unexpected drive-by rain storm. What to do? For starters, have a back up plan. It's a must because "hope" is not an effective strategy in event planning.

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