Planning to get married this year? If you’re looking to have a casual and fun vibe for the big day, consider having an outdoor wedding. It’s the perfect option for couples who want to have a relaxed and less formal ceremony that their friends and family will never forget. Even better, why not have a pool wedding party? It’s a great way to save money as you can have the wedding ceremony and reception in the same place. As a typical South African wedding can cost between R70,000 to R80,000 with 50% of the budget going to the venue, it’s important to find ways to cut costs so you can spend more on other things that may matter to you. To ensure that everything—from your gown to the venue, to the food, and everything else fits your dream wedding concept, here’s the ultimate guide to planning the perfect pool wedding party.
Prepare the venue
For a poolside wedding, you’ll need to make sure that the venue can accommodate all of your guests and that it has the perfect area where you can have the ceremony. If the outdoor space has a gazebo, then that would be the ideal place to have the wedding ceremony. If not, you can DIY a gazebo using natural wood. Decorate it with vines and flowers to soften the look. Enhance the gazebo and the poolside area with strings of twinkling lights, paper lanterns, and swathes of fabric.
The pool itself should be party-ready too. Make sure that the pool water has been changed at least two days before the wedding. Also, ensure that the water has the right mix of pool chemicals to keep it clean and to keep guests safe if anyone decides to take a dip (or if anyone falls in, for that matter). If your reception will be held in the evening, plan on floating some candles and flowers in the pool to give it a magical feel. For safety, keep the pool area clear of wires or electrical cords which may pose potential accidents or injuries.
Choose the right gown
The right gown should make you look and feel like a queen on the big day but it should be also comfortable enough to wear outdoors. Bohemian style gowns are perfect for a pool wedding party as the ethereal vibe of this gown fits well with your outdoor wedding concept. If you’re planning to dance the night away, consider a tea-length or a mini-wedding dress. For a fun touch, change into a pair of classic white sneakers for the reception to give you more freedom to mingle with your guests and dance with your groom.
Have the right food
Plan on having food that won’t spoil or go bad in hot weather. You should also have several options for beverages especially if you picked a hot day to have a pool wedding party. You can’t go wrong with appetizing and savory comfort foods, an array of cheeses and crackers, chilled wine, and fresh juices.
Entertain your guests
Nothing enhances a pool party than good music. You can hire a live band to cover danceable hits from Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and Beyonce which will encourage your guests to hit the dance floor. Set up a mini outdoor theatre using a projector and a screen where you can show pictures and videos of you and your groom. You can also hire a DJ to spin some great tunes or if you have a flair for making great mixes, simply attach your MP3 player or laptop to the speakers and assign someone to be the DJ for the day.
A pool wedding party is a fun way to celebrate one of the most memorable days of your life. Follow these tips to plan the ultimate pool wedding extravaganza and have a great time with your family and friends.
Written by Jackie
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