Summertime is wedding season! In the summer, outdoor weddings (and associated events) are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of getting married in a church and renting a hall for the reception, more couples than ever are choosing weddings in the backyard or at another outdoor venue. Having your wedding outdoors can provide a more rustic aesthetic and an intimate atmosphere, and one way to enhance the mood is to incorporate a fire pit into your wedding events. Whether you have a fire pit of your own or plan to rent one specifically for a wedding event, incorporating a fire pit into your celebration is a great idea. Read on to find out how you can successfully make a fire pit a part of your wedding.

When to Light the Fire: Wedding Event Options

A fire pit can fit into almost any summer wedding event. Here are a few of the options:

  • The reception. One of the most popular ways to incorporate a fire pit into your wedding is to include one at the reception. The sweet smell of kiln-dried firewood can contribute to the rustic atmosphere of your backyard reception, and the presence of the fire pit can facilitate conversation between your guests as they stand around the flames. Put simply, adding a fire pit to your reception is a creative touch that will make it more memorable for everyone.
  • The wedding ceremony itself. Some people like to have a fire going during the ceremony itself. At an outdoor wedding, the faint smell of smoke as the bride walks down the aisle can augment the rustic setting, and the burning flame can even be highlighted as a metaphor for eternal flame of true love.
  • The rehearsal dinner. Maybe you’ve opted for a traditional venue for the wedding and the reception, but you’re having your rehearsal dinner outdoors. A fire pit can contribute to the more relaxing, casual atmosphere of the rehearsal dinner. You may also want to consider adding a “make-your-own s’mores” bar to your menu, which is often a big hit among guests at a rehearsal dinner. Not only does at add a creative culinary touch that can complement your menu, but s’mores are also a comfort food that can help calm your wedding party’s nerves in advance of the big day.
  • The bachelor/bachelorette party. Instead of heading to the bar for your bachelor or bachelorette party, why not hang out in the backyard? If you’re hoping to make your bachelor or bachelorette party a low-key affair in which you enjoy good conversation with good friends, having it around the fire pit is a great option. Whether you’re roasting sausages or enjoying a signature cigar from Cutting Edge Firewood, a backyard party around the fire pit can be a great way to spend your last night as a bachelor or bachelorette.

Concerns About Clothes

When it comes to deciding whether or not to incorporate a fire pit into a wedding event, one concern that might come up is the impact the fire pit could have on your clothes. If you’ve ever gone camping, you know that it can be difficult–or even impossible–to get the smell of smoke out of the t-shirt you wore while spending hours around the campfire. And you definitely don’t want to have a smell like that sticking to the wedding gown, the groom’s tuxedo, the bridesmaids’ dresses, or any of your guests’ best clothes. However, when you fuel your fire with kiln-dried firewood, that’s not a concern, because the smoke just doesn’t stick to clothes in the same way. Plus, unlike with seasoned or store bought firewood, the smell of kiln-dried firewood–especially hickory–is quite pleasant, so your guests will enjoy it throughout your event.

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Getting Help Managing the Fire Pit

At big events like wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and wedding ceremonies, it can be hard to find someone to manage the fire pit–after all, you want all of your closest friends and families to be with you, making the most of the celebration! The solution is to take advantage of a butler service for weddings and events. A butler service takes care of delivery, management, and cleanup of the fire pit. That way, from the start of your event to the end, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your butler will also be dressed for the occasion, so they will hardly even stand out from the other guests.

If you don’t have an outdoor fire pit of your own, the butler service will bring one to your outdoor venue. And if you do have one in your backyard, the butler service will bring along the kiln-dried firewood you need to keep the fire burning throughout your event, along with heart pine and kindling to speed the lighting process and optimize the smell of your fire.

To set up a butler service for your wedding event and get all the fire pit supplies you need, visit Cutting Edge Firewood’s order page. And don’t forget to tag us in your wedding pictures on Instagram–we would love to see them!