Planning a wedding can be hard enough, but when you throw in the outdoor factor, things can get a bit more complicated. Luckily, there’s only a handful of important areas to keep in mind as you plan your outdoor Savannah Ga wedding, and we have them listed here!
Beyond the city’s quaint southern charm, the weather in Savannah is usually a blessing. Unless you’re planning a wedding in the dead of January, then you can expect beautifully sunny and (mostly) warm days. If you’re opting for a summer wedding, schedule your outdoor ceremony in the evening, when the temperature is cooler. Keep in mind that Savannah is a coastal city, so hurricanes could affect the weather June 1 through November 30, and thunderstorms in the spring and summer are common, although they don’t last too long. The final word regarding weather: Always have a backup plan (or ability to quickly put up a tent) in place.
With hot and humid days comes bugs. It wouldn’t be the South without gnats and mosquitos. The good news is that there are few ways you can come out victorious in your battle against bugs for an epic outdoor Savannah wedding. Provide bug spray to your guests in their welcome bags, tape some dryer sheets to the bottom of the ceremony’s chairs, or research flowers that repel bugs rather than attract them. You could also strategically place a few discreet but mighty fans around your setup, which would also help with weddings scheduled for hotter times of the year.
3. Squares Rules
It’s always a good idea to check with the local government regarding their rules and regulations for outdoor weddings, such as special permits that need to be approved. For small ceremonies or elopements with under 20 people, the soon-to-be’s don’t need a permit. However, for medium to large weddings, get your paperwork together. Permits are required for weddings that will draw a large crowd, have chairs, or include an aisle runner. If you want to reserve the entire square, so to speak (i.e. not have any park-goers crashing the party), then submit a permit (and perhaps hire security). Any of Savannah’s stunning squares (minus Ellis Square) could host your outdoor ceremony.
4. Consider the Off-Season
Savannah’s peak tourist season runs from spring through early summer (starting with St. Patrick’s Day). Planning a wedding during the off-season means that the city is basically you and your guests’ plus the locals. You might find better deals with hotels and vendors, given it’s their slower season.
5. Check the Event Calendar
Keep Savannah’s event calendar in mind when planning your wedding. The city hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year, but a handful really draw a crowd worth considering. Despite the gorgeous weather, the worst time of year to try and host a quiet, intimate outdoor wedding in Savannah would probably be around St. Patrick’s Day.
If you need more guidance on planning your outdoor Savannah Ga wedding, then speak to the experts. Savannah Wedding Vendors has lists of local wedding-related vendors, all ready and willing to help answer your outdoor wedding questions.