SHOULD YOU PLAN AN OUTDOOR WEDDING?
When planning your wedding, deciding whether to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception is one of the very first steps. And although it can seem simple, it’s actually very important! Deciding on the perfect place to host your wedding is crucial in creating and capturing the perfect day for you and your partner. Here are a few things to consider if you’re leaning towards having an outdoor wedding.
Pros and Cons
There are certainly pros and cons to hosting an outdoor wedding. For example:
- Beautiful scenery and backdrop
- Gorgeous pictures (with natural light and a golden hour!)
- Exciting décor opportunities
- More control over every detail from the ground up
- Accommodation for large parties
- Family-friendly atmosphere (lots of room for the kiddos to run around!)
- Unpredictable weather
- May have to drive farther out to the location
As you can see, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It’s also important to note that the cons are simply possibilities. There’s no guarantee the weather will be unfavourable, or you’ll encounter unwanted allergies or bugs, but they’re good to keep in mind as you consider venues and the possibility of outdoor wedding space. It all depends on what’s most important to you on your big day!
Your Style as a Couple
Ideally, your wedding should perfectly embody you and your partner’s personalities and personal styles. After all, the day is all about you two! When thinking about whether an outdoor wedding is right for you, it’s important to think about who you are as a couple.
Do you love nature and an easy-breezy, laidback feel? Or do you prefer a funky, modern space? Do you value being married in a church? How much space would you like for your first dance? There’s no right or wrong answer any of these questions, but how you answer them can definitely play into whether an outdoor wedding is a right choice for you. Talk it over with your partner and see what aligns best with your values and personalities!
Types of Outdoor Venues
The beauty of having an outdoor wedding is you have lots of different options in terms of venue. The world is your oyster, truly! Your wedding can take place at gorgeous golf courses, romantic and scenic wineries, dreamy beaches, atop a cliff with a killer view, in middle of the woods under a massive tent, or even a loved one’s backyard!
The possibilities are endless. Plus, some outdoor venues also offer overnight accommodation for you and your wedding party. Tell me you wouldn’t want to spend the night leading up to and after your wedding in a cosy cabin or luxury suite!
Another aspect to consider is that indoor and outdoor venues don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Depending on the venue you choose, it’s completely possible to have the ceremony indoors and the reception outdoors, or vice versa! This works especially well if you’d like to get married in a church, but need a larger area for your reception. It’s a great way to get the best of both worlds!
Pro tip: If your chosen outdoor venue is far from your indoor venue, you may need to provide a map so your guests don’t get lost on the drive.
Decorating an outdoor wedding space is exciting because there’s so much potential. It’s really all about embracing the area around you while adding your own personal touch. Popular options include string lights (which definitely come in handy once the sun goes down), a unique wedding arch, decorative signs throughout the venue (great for directions and different stations), an outdoor photo area, centrepieces with flowers native to the area, and more.
No matter how you choose to decorate your outdoor wedding, the most important thing to remember is: don’t go Pinterest crazy! Although Pinterest is a great resource and jumping-off-point, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you need to hop on all the latest décor trends. But this can lead to a cluttered aesthetic with your personality completely lost in the shuffle, so try to balance what you see on Pinterest with décor that’s completely personal to you and your partner. Keep in mind that whatever decorations you choose, you’ll need to arrange for the items to be transported to and from the location (you may need to rent and tow a trailer for larger items)!
Whether you opt to have your wedding outside or inside, what’s most important is that you and your partner feel the magic of the big day. I can’t wait to see the gorgeous event you create!