Indoor Vs. Outdoor Wedding: The Pros and Cons
Thinking about exchanging your vows in the great outdoors or contemplating an indoor affair complete with personalized decor? Before you sign on the dotted line you better weigh these positives and negatives first.
PRO: You’re in a Controlled Environment
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow is gonna derail your day. As a matter of fact, you can pretty much assume your guests will enjoy the comfort and security of knowing you vows will go off without a hitch since they’ll be protected from the elements.
CON: There Could Be Rules on Space and Decor
Your wedding vision could be slightly marred by the fact that your decor might need to be minimized to meet the rules of the establishment (as is the case with most religious institutions, museums, and historical landmarks). Check with your event planner or wedding vendor to find out what stays and what goes BEFORE you sign a contract. Also, not all your guest might fit the maximum capacity, so it’s important to weigh what’s more important: A killer space or the fact your extended family and friends might not be able to attend.
PRO: 2-in-1 Packages
Many indoor event spaces have the ability to double as both your ceremony and reception venue. This could save you big – especially if you’re thinking about having your space cater your event too (since it gives you leverage to negotiate for a lower price OR additional add-ons like your wedding cake, free valet parking, etc.).
CON: Higher Demand During the Holiday Periods
PRO: Little Decor Necessary
Pretty flowers, rolling hills, elegant gardens, and greenery aplenty — a scenic outdoor ceremony doesn’t require a lot of flourish to make it spectacular. As a matter of fact, decorating for your ceremony is a definite no-brainer when you book your wedding at someplace like a garden, beach, park, etc.
CON: Lighting Limitations
A pretty ceremony spot doesn’t automatically equate into a picture-perfect affair. Depending on the time of day, shadows and overhanging trees and brush could make your wedding a challenge for your photographer and videographer. Keep in mind it’s always a good idea to take your vendors for a walk-thru beforehand (or at the very least ASK them for suggestions before you drop money on a deposit).
PRO: More Family Friendly
Keeping a toddler or a 10-year-old engaged and occupied is much more easier to do outside than it is in a restricted indoor space that might not be very child-friendly. From blowing bubbles to hula hoop and kite lessons for the kiddies, ALL your guests will have a great time when Mother Nature plays host on your wedding day.
CON: The Weather (‘Nuff Said)
While we’d all love crystal ball, the simple fact of the matter is having a wedding outside is a gamble. You just can’t anticipate rain, high winds, or a sweltering heat wave when planning something up to a year in advance. If you’re worried about any of these things ruining your perfect day, maybe it’s time to think about scoring a tent, heater, fans or a venue that offers an indoor space that can accommodate guests if inclement weather does strike.