A few weeks ago, I was invited to the wedding of a close family friend and his college sweetheart. My entire family was excited about the union of our beloved friends, my sister and I even bought new dresses for the event.
The ceremony was beautiful. It was an outdoor event, taking place in a park right on the water. While Martin and Dana exchanged vows, boats sailed behind them, and the final rays from the setting sun shone on the beautiful couple as they walked up the aisle arm in arm, taking their first steps as man and wife.
The reception was in a screened-in gazebo steps away from the beautiful lawn where the pair got married. But even though delicious passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner, open bar and dance floor enticed guests to stay late into the night, the chilly temperature of the gazebo made most people leave the joyous nuptials by 10 p.m.
In my opinion, people would have stayed much longer at their otherwise very fun reception if the bride and groom had remembered to consider the temperature on even the nicest of summer evenings. A few electric heaters could have been used and would have gone a long way toward encouraging guests to dance the night away at this wedding.
If you are planning on having a wedding outside or in a screened-in area like my friends Martin and Dana, do yourself a favor and look into electric heaters for the space. These items are relatively low cost and can make an outdoor space much more comfortable during the late evening. It is a simple thing to do, but you and your guests will be much more comfortable with this minor addition, plus, newlyweds can add these to their home so that they'll be comfortable for years to come.