An indoor wedding ceremony vs an outdoor one

Choosing a venue can be one of the most exciting parts of a wedding ceremony; after all, there are so many different options. While some people still favour the traditional indoor wedding, lots of couples are now opting to take their big day outside. But there are some factors you need to consider before you decide.

Choosing a venue can be one of the most exciting parts of a wedding ceremony; after all, there are so

many different options. While some people still favour the traditional indoor wedding, lots of couples

are now opting to take their big day outside. But there are some factors you need to consider before

you decide.

Weather

The weather is particularly important in the decision making process when tossing between an indoor or

outdoor ceremony. In some countries, some seasons can be pretty challenging and an outdoor wedding

during this time would be disastrous; think wet food and wind-swept hair. Even if you decide to take

your wedding overseas, there are some countries where you will be battling a tropical climate, and

those rain season storms are not something you want to be fighting with. Unfortunately, no matter how

hard you try, good weather cannot be guaranteed and even having your ceremony in the height of

summer might lead to disappointment. If you decide to have your wedding in the open you must always

have a contingency plan in the event of bad weather. Umbrellas, portable marquees, even a back up

venue; all of these are useful to consider if you decide to say ‘I do’ outdoors. And don’t forget to notify

your officiate in the event of change of venueJ

Guests

The number of guests you want to have at your wedding is useful to consider when choosing between

an indoor and an outdoor ceremony. Indoor venues typically have restrictions on capacity, so even if

there is a place that you have been dreaming of since you were young, it might not be realistic if you are

planning on having a large wedding with all of your friends and family in attendance. Similarly, if you

want a quiet wedding but have your eye on that huge stately home, you might find that no matter how

much love and warmth is in the room during your big day, it actually feels quite cold and empty. While

there can be some flexibility with the space in indoor wedding venues, you will find that you have a lot

more freedom with an outdoor ceremony. Your wedding can be as big or as small as you like, providing

that the company providing the chairs has enough to go around!

Decor

While an indoor wedding can provide limitations in terms of space, it offers up a whole world of

flexibility when it comes to decoration. Generally, with an indoor wedding, you can decorate the venue

to suit your preferences, reassured by the fact that extreme wind or rain won’t damage those delicate

centre pieces you’ve worked on tirelessly for the last few months to create. An outdoor wedding, on the

other hand, provides a natural backdrop, and could be an incredible setting for the wedding photos.

However, it is likely you won’t have as much artistic license due to restrictions with weather conditions

and places to hang things. A minimalist approach would be best, making the most of the natural beauty

of the surrounding landscape and the unique atmosphere that an outdoor ceremony will provide.

Cost

Depending on the venue, an indoor wedding might sometimes be dearer, especially if you choose to get

married during peak season. However, you should be able to opt for a package which includes

everything you need, which means that you might be in a better position to negotiate a good deal. An

outdoor wedding is essentially a blank canvas, you do have to consider that you will need to hire almost

everything, even down to toilets for your guests. Which brings us on to…

Toilets

Yes, it may sound odd, but this is something you really do need to consider when deciding between an

indoor or outdoor ceremony. It is highly likely that an indoor venue will come with convenient and clean

toilet facilities. An outdoor wedding, on the other hand, is a different case entirely. There may be toilet

facilities at a venue nearby, but for elderly members of the family, this might not be entirely convenient.

Your other option would be to hire these facilities; for some, this wouldn’t be a problem, but for others,

this could be a deal breaker.

Regardless of what you choose, you need to identify what suits your individual preferences to ensure

that your wedding is special for both of you. If you’re finding it difficult to decide, it is possible to have

the best of both worlds; an outdoor ceremony combined with an indoor reception. Still, it would be a

good idea to take the above factors into consideration in order to ensure that you remember your big

day for all of the right reasons.

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