Now that you’re engaged and beginning to plan your big day, you may quickly find that one of the first, and largest, choices you’ll make is all about venue. Many couples grapple with the idea of having an indoor versus and outdoor wedding, and it’s clear to see why. Both offer great benefits, but there can also be disadvantages to each option, as well. That’s why the wedding experts at Griffin’s Weddings have put together this list of pros and cons when it comes to choosing an indoor or outdoor wedding venue. We want you to have all the information at your fingertips so you and your partner can make an informed decision about such a special day.
Outdoor weddings can be absolutely stunning. Nature surrounds you- usually on a beach, in a garden, or near a forest or field- to announce your happiness and commitment to the world. The beauty of outdoor weddings means very little decorating, plus beautiful natural lighting for your wedding photos. Wide open spaces are also a premium reason to stay outdoors. Everyone can mix and mingle as comfortably as they wish, and even children have the space they need to run around and enjoy themselves. Plus, nothing can mimic an unbelievable sunset or gorgeous star-studded sky with milky moonlight for a romantic setting.
With the beauty of nature also comes the unpredictability of nature. Weather is a huge factor to consider when thinking about an outdoor wedding. Wind, rain, heat and freezing temperatures are just a few reasons you may opt out of an outdoor venue. If you do still choose to go this route, pay attention to weather forecasts in the days leading up to your wedding day. Have a backup plan ready to go, just in case the weather turns. Also keep in mind that bugs and other wildlife might want to join the party, too! Be ready to combat these pests, or possibly find a way to keep them at bay during your event. Financially, you might have saved a bit of money by not decorating an indoor venue, but with an outdoor ceremony and reception, you could be looking at the costs of renting chairs, a trellis or altar, a dance floor, and possibly generators for vendors to power their equipment.
Holding your wedding and ceremony indoors can offer a multitude of advantages, many of which can fall under the umbrella of “creative control.” With an indoor setting, you can make sure the temperature is perfect, the decorations stay in place and the lighting is just so. The sound system won’t echo and there will exactly enough seating for everyone. The vendors will have an easy time setting up and using the available electricity and bathrooms will be easily accessed by guests.
However, once you choose an indoor setting, you’ll find that you limit the number of guests you’re allowed to include. The walls don’t move, so space is what it is. And while you can create gorgeous backdrops for your photographer, they may still have a difficult time getting the right angle for each shot. If you’re hoping to have a lot of space for guests to circulate and spread out, this may not be the best option for you.
No matter which type of venue you choose, you’re sure to have the wedding of your dreams as long as you and your partner are on the same page and choose something based on your preferences and priorities. Still struggling to decide between an indoor and outdoor venue? Keep in mind that you could choose both! An outdoor wedding with an indoor reception, or vice versa, could be the best of both worlds. To help you work through your decision, talk to the wedding professionals at Griffin’s Weddings. We’d love to hear about your favorite venue options and we’ll happily talk you through the pros and cons of each location. We want you to celebrate your best day the way YOU want to.