Post # 1
I’m booked for a beautiful venue in a vineyard. They offer multiple locations for the ceremony, and specifically 2 popular outdoor spaces.
One is under a gazebo, with a little lake in the background and everyone seated in the grass. (I just really don’t like the gazebo. Im an architect major and that doesnt pass as architecture to me haha!)
The other is under a huge tree. But our guests would be seated in a large open field.
I’d really love to have it under the tree, seeing that it’s inspired by the Pixar movie “UP.” Remember this?. . . .
Maybe someone who’s had an outdoor wedding can give me some advice. Or maybe there are some problems I’m not noticing that could ocurr in an open field type setting.
Post # 3
We had our wedding in a location similar to the second one you posted, with guests seated in an open field. It was totally fine. The only thing I can think of is that with the first option (gazebo), anyone in any kind of footwear/wheelchair/crutches/whatever can pretty easily get to their seat, since there’s a paved path. The second venue may require that women remove their 5-inch stilettos temporarily . . . but as long as that’s not an issue, it should be fine. Beautiful tree, btw!
I’m assuming that if it rains, there’s a covered venue option?
Post # 4
I honestly just like the tree a lot more. It looks more unique and organic. The other is very manicured. Then again, the different lengths of the grass might have something to do with that too.
What time is the ceremony? In either one, your guests would be in direct sunlight in the afternoon. Also, consider the way they face so that if you are doing it in the evening, that the sun isn’t in your or their eyes.
Post # 5
Yes there is a covered patio were it could be held if it rained!
My Fiance just wants the easiest non-fussy location. My mom thinks people will think it’s ridiculous to be wed under a tree. ughhh!!
It is a little walk to the tree, but it’s the same distance to the gazebo.
Also I’ve intended to include a little phrase on the invites like “Please come prepared to walk in grass”
And also, their is no shade what so ever around the gazebo, and I was out there yesterday at about the same time of my wedding ceremony, and it was blazing!!
Post # 6
Oh my I like them both but I voted for the gazebo b/c of the water view but I really don’t think you can go wrong on either one!
I don’t think the tree needs anything thou…so you would save on the fact that you don’t need any flowers but I think if you do the gazebo you might want to a a few flowers around it. I think you have a hard choice b/c they are both so lovely!
Post # 7
I vote the tree! that is beautiful!!!!!
Post # 8
We had a similar set up for our outdoor ceremony – they had this little gazebo/ arch thing that all the other couples got married at, and I thought it was sooo ugly & wanted to get married under the trees. So glad we did!
Post # 9
Personally, the tree for me. I don’t like the gazebo, it’s too plain for me. I think the tree would be gorgeous and you could get some great pictures out of it!
Post # 10
Definitely the tree. It’s GORGEOUS. I mean, either way your guests are sitting with nothing over them, so I think guest comfort-wise, it’s exactly the same. I think in terms of scenery, the tree wins. I agree with you about gazebos, they’re not always my cup of tea 😉
FWIW, we got married with trees as a backdrop, although not one huge gorgeous one like yours. We were using the tall vase arrangements for our reception, so we just brought them over for the ceremony first and got double the use out of them 😉
Post # 11
I prefer the gazebo, if the tree was higher with different shaped branches i would say yes for the tree, but it just a bit low and plain and in september will have less leaves
Post # 12
@bakerella: omgoodness it looks beautiful!! I def. want balloons at my wedding too!! it looks so nice!!
I hope to convince mostly my mom and sisters to this! 🙂
thank you all so much!!