Outdoor receptions can take place on an open lawn, beneath leafy trees, or under a gracious tent. Whether to have some sort of shelter from the elements is an important consideration. A roof or canopy doesn't just guard against rain; it can also provide shade from the strong afternoon sun. Check what time the sun will set on your wedding day so you can make sure you will have enough light if the party continues after dark. Options include paper lanterns, torches, candles, chandeliers, and spotlights; arrange for landscape lighting so guests won't stumble on their way to the restrooms.
Outdoor Weddings: Planning the Party
Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 25 2003