(Closed) Reception inside or outside?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should I have the reception inside or outside?
    Just be traditional - Have the reception inside : (7 votes)
    37 %
    Outside Reception sounds great if you can pull it off : (12 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    13 posts
    • Wedding: July 2015

    An outdoor wedding is so much more Romantic!!! I love the Idea.

    You should stick to your orginial plan and have it indoors and outdoors. It is always a good compromise and having a back up plan never hurts.

    Nothing ruins an Outdoor Wedding like bad weather. Also there is nothing worse then being stuck indoors wearing formal clothing on a beautiful day.

    Giving options to people is the best way to keep everyone happy!!

    Best of luck and Congratulations! 



    Post # 4
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m sorry you are facing so much opposition! I bet that’s stressful.

    I say you ultimately do what you and your Fiance love. Make the decision with your Fiance first. Make sure he is happy too. If you both reach an agreement, and get on the same page, then together discuss that with everyone else. This is about you two.

    With that said, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    What does your space look like inside? I plan events all the time and it’s not always true that you have to spend tons to decorate. Your outside will be just as plain, except there will be trees. Also, if your space is too big, you could just create a divider and make it feel cozier and easier to decorate.

    Who is paying for the wedding? If it’s not you and Fiance, then you might have to take more input than you’ll like.

    Will you have a lot of older people? Older people tend to be uncomfortable outside.


    Depending on the services your hired your planners for, remember that if it’s a package deal typically vendors will make more money if you spend less of your established budget. Does that make sense? For example, your give them $5000 to work with. They’ll make changes needed to go below that so they can keep the difference as profit. I’m not saying that’s what your planner/coordinator is doing, I’m just saying it just in case, so that you also think about whether something similar might be going on.

    Post # 6
    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My ceremony and reception will be held outdoors with the reception being held under a tent.  Initially I didn’t want a tent but because we will have some elderly people there I compromised to have the tables under the tent and the dance floor out in the open.  Just thought it would be romantic dancing under the stars.

    At first everyone tried to talk me out of having the reception outdoors.  Their arguement was it was going to feel like a cookout or something, then concerned about the weather.  FI loved it and I loved it so we went with it.  We do have a room that if the elderly gets to cold or uncomfortable they can go into.  We are also using that room for their hang out during cocktail hour and we are doing the cake cutting in there.

    Once your Fiance is on board with it, I say go with it.   Good luck with the competition!!

    Post # 7
    765 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Oh how I stressed about this exact topic. I wanted an outdoor or barn reception so bad I cried about it. In the end we are having an indoor reception (and ceremony).

    I wanted an outdoor reception for the romance, the cost-effectiveness (less decorations required), etc. etc. And I spent months upon months searching for the perfect outdoor option and came up empty handed. (Which is probably a good thing considering my ending is at the end of August, and where I live you can cut the air with a knife in August).

    I vote that you compromise with your Fiance. Have the ceremony, and cocktail hour outside and the reception inside. Is there a way to set-up at outdoor lounge close to your reception room? That way the outdoors can be incorporated.

    I know for me the weather was a huge stressor; and I really worried about bugs and food, andit raining or being too hot or too cold, etc.


    Post # 8
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have a feeling my outdoor wedding will cost just as much if not more than a banquet hall, yes there’s less decor required but there are more rentals needed, tent, tables, chairs, lighting, which is not just for decoration when you’re outdoors, people need to see to get around after dark. I’m still determined to find a way though.

    If you Fiance will be on board as you’ve said you can easily address the issues he has with being outside I would go for it. You already have the indoor back-up in place and it sounds like a great opportunity.

    Post # 9
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I really like the idea of an outdoor wedding. I really wanted one but I ended up having everything inside. If your family is willing to pay for the venue, it will still free up money for decorations if you choose to go the route of having the reception indoors. But your coordinators are right, you will save a lot more money on decorations if you have your wedding outdoors, and that was part of the reason I originally wanted that. 

    Post # 10
    1544 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The funny thing is we almost booked a venue that was all outside but Fiance couldn’t convince ME of it. I was having nightmares about weather and bugs! He thought i was absolutely crazy!  A few weeks later we were standing outside in a covered pavillion with just overhead fans (like the venue had) and it was humid and we were sweating and sticky and realized the fans really didn’t do anything… That’s when he told me i was right and that an outdoor reception in June could be aweful.

    You both need to like it.

    I want outdoor ceremony but inside and AC’d reception and cocktail hour.  And i think that depending on the venue – inside decorations for a reception can be very few…. just depends on the room.


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