Tips for Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

There’s something so magical and lovely about celebrating a wedding outdoors. Just imagine a majestic mountain view, the fresh smell of redwood trees, the romantic, rolling hills of a vineyard, or the comfort of your own backyard.

Celebrating your wedding outdoors creates a whole different atmosphere and sets the mood. Whether you’re just hosting the ceremony or reception outside or you choose to have the whole wedding outdoors, here’s everything you need to know from managing the lighting and sound to keeping the bugs away.

Make Your Guests Comfortable

If your wedding is in the summer or you know the weather will be hot, try to plan your ceremony and reception in a shaded area. Have ice-cold water bottles and a lemonade or iced tea stand close by for guests to refresh themselves. You may also want to consider renting large, electric fans and a generator. Another way to make guests comfortable is to provide personal folding fans, umbrellas, hats, or sunglasses for guests to wear. You can also design your wedding program to be large and sturdy enough to be used as a fan.

On the other hand, if you know the weather will be cold, make sure to let your guests know so they wear extra layers. If you want to make your guests feel super appreciated, give out small blankets, shawls, or wrap-around scarves as wedding favors. Your guests will appreciate the extra thought you put into making sure they stay warm.

Consider also renting portable heaters to provide warmth.

Have a Backup Plan

An ideal outdoor wedding location is one that has an indoor location close by in case the weather is bad or plans change. If you’re not sure on how the weather will be and don’t want to risk it, you can choose to hold the ceremony outdoors and reception indoors. In this case, if the weather is an issue, the ceremony can be moved inside and the tables can be re-arranged to make room for the ceremony.

Another backup plan is to rent a large tent, but keep in mind that tents can be very expensive (even more expensive than renting a building!) due to the labor involved in installed and securing the tent and then folding it back up. If you end up renting a tent, make sure it is sturdy and can withstand the wind and rain.

Have a Good Sound System

An outdoor wedding means that there are no walls to keep the sounds and music in one area. Rent out good quality speakers so that guests in the back rows are able to hear your vows or the bridal parties’ toasts, as well as enjoy the music.

Keep Mosquitos and Bugs Away 

Inspect your wedding location a few days before the wedding to see if there are bugs, flies, or mosquitos that may be unwelcome to guests. You can hire a pest control company to spray the area several days before the wedding or talk with the property management to see if they are willing to treat the issue before the wedding. Make sure large trash cans are moved at least 100 feet away from the ceremony and reception location, as they attract flies and may add an unpleasant smell to the area.

To keep mosquitos away, set up citronella candles or tiki torches with citronella oil.  The candles will also provide a nice warm, ambiance in the evening.

Keep Food and Drinks Fresh

If your reception is outside, serve drinks in large, covered jars or urns so flies and bugs don’t get into the liquid.

Ask your bartender(s) to keep wine bottles corked when not in use. To keep bugs out of the food, keep the food covered when possible. You can use glass domes over smaller plates, such as desserts and appetizers, and chafing dishes for the salads, entrees, and main course plates.

Another option is to set up perimeter fans near the food station, as the circulating air will keep flies and bugs away. Make sure the food station is set up in a shaded area, as many foods, especially salads, will not stay fresh for long in the sun or heat. Stationed fruit and cheese platters also attract flies, so it is better to keep them covered and in a cool area, away from the heat.

Wind-Proof Your Venue  

If your wedding location is next to the coast or on the beach, expect to deal with the wind. And in general, if your wedding is outdoors, no matter the location, keep in mind that it can get windy. Some months and days are windier than others, so in addition to tracking the weather, don’t forget that the wind can play a major role in an outdoor wedding. Tell your hairstylist that you’re having an outdoor wedding, so they can style your hair to hold up in windy weather.

If you’re renting a tent, make sure the tent can withstand gusting winds or find a backup location indoors. If the wind is manageable, keep in mind the décor and florals, as well as escort cards. Make sure your escort cards are secure by tying them down to something sturdy or placing them in a display where the wind won’t blow them away.

Restrooms, Parking, and Other Needs

If you have the perfect secluded location planned to hold your ceremony or reception, don’t forget to consider items such as restrooms, parking, and generators (if electricity will be used). If your site does not have electricity, you’ll need generators for the kitchen appliances, speakers, portable heaters, and fans. If there are no public restrooms close by, you’ll need to rent portable restrooms.

If there is limited parking space, you may need to hire valet parking to assist your guests. Keep a list of all the appliances and rentals you’ll need to have your wedding run smoothly. Also consider the lighting. If your site does not have lighting, you can add string lights, torches, lanterns, and/or candles to create a romantic setting in the evening.

Florals and Décor

Depending on the weather, choose flowers that can withstand the heat or wind, such as roses, dahlias, sunflowers, and succulents. You may want to avoid flowers that attract bugs, such as baby’s breath and peonies. To keep bugs away, use natural herbs and flowers that act as natural pesticides, such as lavender, rosemary, mint, and thyme.

If wind is forecasted for your wedding day, ask your décor vendor to secure the flowers and any decorations so the wind doesn’t blow them away or topple them down.

Window Cleaning in the Sacramento Area

Professional Window Washing Service

Always Shine windows professional window cleaning service will leave all your windows, skylights, and glass panels positively shiny every time.

When the sun is shining, you want to let the light into your home. But if you have dirty windows, you won’t be getting as much light as you should be. We use the latest in water purification technology ensuring your windows get a spot free and streak free shine, and our state of the art carbon fiber extension poles allow us to reach even the toughest windows. When you get your windows professionally cleaned by, your home will love you!

Residential Window Cleaning Services

At Shack Shine, residential window washing is at our core. When you see our shiny, organized vans pull up and our friendly, uniformed technicians arrive at your door, you will know your house is going to be well cared for in the hands of highly trained professionals. We know how to treat your windows right, leaving you with clean, crystal clear windows. The best part is, we’ll do it in just one detailed visit.

Why Use a Window Cleaning Service?

Windows aren’t exactly cheap to replace, so you want to make sure you don’t have to do it very often.. So how can you ensure that they stand the test of time? Regular cleaning, of course!

Glass is porous, so over time, any dirt that accumulates will start to break down the surface. The problem gets worse in the winter, but can happen any time of year. The substances that most commonly cause problems are hard minerals, oxidation, acid rain, sea spray, over spray from paint, etc. Keeping your windows clean and clear from contaminants will help them last longer..

Our service takes the hassle out of caring for your windows. Our extension poles mean you don’t have to take the risk of climbing the ladder to get to your hard to reach windows, and our water purification systems ensure they dry spot and streak free. After a visit from us your windows will be so bright you’ll have to wear shades!

The Type of Windows Our Technicians Clean

Our technicians are experienced with all types of windows including single pane, double pane, french pane, skylights, glass panels, solariums, and more. We’ve got the right equipment to clean pretty much every type of window, inside and out. If it’s made of glass, our technicians know how to clean it!

Exterior and Interior Window Cleaning

Our technicians are ready, willing, and able to clean both the outside and inside of your windows. Interior window cleaning is the perfect add on to your exterior window service. So, how do we get your windows so clean? We use the tried and true applicator and squeegee method, using water and biodegradable window cleaning solution to make your windows sparkle. We also offer the extra option to wipe down your screens and window frames.

Our technicians will take great care to wash your interior windows by hand without making a mess. We use drop cloths and shoe booties and are happy to help move some of your heavy furniture in order to ensure your windows shine both on the inside and the outside. We’ll always treat your home with care.

Window Cleaning Annual Maintenance Program

Need a little help keeping track of your window maintenance schedule? To keep your windows shining year round, consider taking advantage of annual maintenance programs. Our yearly service packages make it easy to keep your home happy year round, and allow you to bundle our window cleaning services with any of our other awesome house detailing services including gutter cleaning, house washing, and pressure washing services. We’ll remind you when it’s time to schedule your appointments, so your windows are always taken care of.

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What’s really cool about the current art scene in Sacramento is the bloom of interesting events like Art Hotel that came about two years ago. The concept was take an abandoned building that was set to be demolished (in this instance, it was an old apartment building), and allow artists to decorate each room as their hearts desire. What came from it was a maze of interesting and magical tucked away spaces, that transformed you to the artist’s world, and brought new delights to your senses. It was intensely refreshing, and I’m loving how the Sacramento art scene is developing, since moving back.

If I had a list of all the artists, I would credit them in their pieces below. If you know it, please let me know.

Originally photographed for Sacramento Wedding.

Sacramento Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting process. You probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen each day, so this is the kind of project that you will get to enjoy for years to come. Whether you simply want some new counters or you want to renovate the entire space, America’s Advantage remodeling is here to help.

If you are looking for kitchen remodeling ideas to kick off your upcoming project, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at a few ideas you may want to incorporate into your plans.

Upgrade Your Counters

Okay – so this isn’t exactly a creative idea, as it is something that most people seek to do when completing a kitchen remodel. Yet, we still need to mention it here, as it is often the best place to start your plans. Once you determine what kind of counters you want to use, and how you want those counters to look, the rest of the job may fall into place nicely.

How About Two Ovens?

For someone who loves to cook – and bake, specifically – designing a kitchen with two ovens is an interesting idea. Every serious home cook has run into trouble at one time or another with not having enough space in the oven for everything on the menu. Including a second oven in your final design may be surprisingly affordable, and you’ll have much more flexibility when it comes to planning your meals.

Respect the Value of Space

One of the most important simple kitchen renovation ideas to remember is that empty space can be quite valuable. In other words, you don’t want to overcrowd your kitchen in order to pack in as many features as possible. Having plenty of room to move around as you cook – and having plenty of room for your guests when having a party – is valuable.

Think Big Picture

When having a remodel completed in your kitchen, you don’t want to have to go back and make further changes only a few years down the line. This is a project you want to stand the test of time, so do your best to think ahead while planning the project. Is your life set to change in a meaningful way in the years to come? For instance, are you going to have children, or do you have young children who will quickly be getting bigger and needing more space?

Avoid Extremes

It’s likely that your house is one of the most valuable assets you own – if not the most valuable. With that in mind, spending money on a kitchen renovation which is unusual in some major way probably isn’t the best idea. For instance, let’s just say you never use an oven when you cook – should you leave an oven out of your plan? Maybe not – when the time comes to sell your home, the new owner is almost certainly going to want such a standard feature. This is a basic example, but you get the idea. Avoid doing anything that is going to make it harder for you to get top dollar for your home later on.

When looking for kitchen design & remodeling ideas, remember to view everything through your own lens. Think about your needs, preferences, and long-term goals before finalizing your design. And, of course, feel free to contact America’s Advantage Remodeling for assistance. We can help with the design phase of your job, and we can then bring it to life once the design is finalized. Thanks for reading, and we hope to work with you soon!

Fast SEO in Sacramento

Welcome to Sacramento, California! Sacramento is home to the California Automobile Museum, the B Street Theatre, Hornet Stadium, and other excellent attractions! Thanks to its growing tech scene, it’s also home to a thriving community of SEO professionals!

Are you happy with your online presence?
If not, it might be time to turn to for an SEO boost.
We have a long list of ethical tactics which should help you see the organic search results you desire. With tons of experience in the world of content marketing — and a great team of editors, writers and designers to get the job done — you can trust us to lead your SEO charge. For maximum effect. we will target the keywords and phrases which are going to make the greatest impact on your business.


Sacramento Photographers & Videographers

Sacramento wedding videographers and photographera are the best.
I would recommend anyone who wants to do a wedding to get connected with videographers and photographers from Sacramento.
The aim of these photographers and videographers is to do an excellent job that will keep their clients coming for more,
while referring others to them.
The main aim of the videographers is to capture the special moments.
For example, laughter and tears of joy, and the love are captured in detail for you wedding day.
The Sacramento videographers and photographers package include many options.

Producing high-resolution images:

Most of the videographers and photographers in Sacramento are easy to work with especially prior to the wedding day,
to ensure that there will be flawless execution of the work during the wedding day in order to produce excellent results.
if you want the best wedding videographers and photographers I would higty recommend you to do to Sacramento.

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To hire a videographer, or not to hire a videographer?

To hire a videographer, or not to hire a videographer? That is a recurring question couples ask as they plan their wedding. When a photographer is booked, is there also a need for a videographer? Real scenarios from weddings may prove insightful in this decision-making.

The photo doesn’t do justice to the humor…

«She was the one. It was easy to tell when your doctor friend who hasn’t dated in a decade, stops a gorgeous nurse in the hallway. And asks her out right there and then. I couldn’t believe the story when Todd called, but I knew this one was going to be good,» shared the best man as he made a toast. The couple’s happy reaction to the best man’s speech was captured perfectly in a beautiful, backlit photo. It captured a moment in time, but it left the content out. The photo doesn’t do justice to the humor, the memories, jokes and stories shared in that speech. While photos are great reminders of those memories, video allows the couple to relive those moments for years to come.

Can the crowd be heard laughing?

Looking back, many couples note that due to all the nerves and commotion, they remember very little from their wedding day. Imagine being surprised by a guest who pulled out a tiny pillbox hat, and put it on his head. What followed next was a recreation of a scene from Coming to America. The best man mimicked the voice so well the audience thundered with laughter. The couple did not see it coming, but it was definitely a highlight of their reception. Try capturing that in a photo! Can the crowd be heard laughing? Can the impersonation be replayed? That is the magic of wedding cinema that photography cannot compete with. Videographers allow the couple to go back in time, relive every detail they may have missed on their big day, and join in on the action. Video also grants the couple a chance to share their wedding with friends and family that were not able to make it to the actual event. Consider the memories the couple will make when they watch the video with their children.

…Another dimension

Wedding planning takes a lot of effort and time, so it’s important to capture the special day and the commitment made. That celebration will be reminisced for years. Video just adds another dimension to those memories.