(Closed) Ceromony outside v. inside

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would advise you to just have your ceremony at the church. I know that I would be so worried about the weather that I couldn’t really enjoy everything else. Even if it is a beautiful day you could try and open up the church as much as possible and take a bunch of pictures outside, maybe at the park you wanted the wedding at…?

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would also vote inside because the beautiful park can be captured during photo session as mentioned above. However, the complication of weather and not giving guests the opportunity to particiate in a huge landmark in your life is kinda a deal breaker, at least for me. Last time I was at an outdoor ceremony in May, although the weather was projected to be sunny, the weather forecast was wrong and everybody was freezing their butts off.

Post # 5
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

No matter whether you choose inside or outside for the ceremony, in either case you need an option where you will be safe from rain. The church has already got a roof, but if you have it outside you would probably have to get some sort of tent. My vote is for the church, for simplicity’s sake. Unless, is the church too small to fit all your guests? And if you have it outside with a tent, couldn’t you find a way to get more chairs for everyone? Which is more important: who is in attendance at the ceremony or taking care of the logistics for an outdoor wedding?


Post # 6
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

People’s feelings will probably be hurt if they are not invited to the ceremony. Use whichever space can accomodate all of them… if the church is too small (I’m not sure I understand which space you meant might not have enough room for chairs), maybe you can rent additional chairs for the park? And a tent in case of rain? If you have the ceremony outdoors, though, you will definitely need a rain plan.

Post # 7
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would go with the route of hurting the least amount of feelings.  It’s important for friends and family to be there, so pick the space with the most room.

Post # 8
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We had a wonderful outdoor ceremony and I’m so glad it worked out. I watched the weather in advance like a hawk, but we had a definite secure rain location onsite that calmed my nerves. We aren’t regular church goers so the church really would not have felt like us.

As far as the park providing a limited number of chairs, can you rent additional chairs to seat everyone? We turned down a wedding at one of our favorite local parks because we weren’t able to bring in ANY chairs! That meant some guests could sit on benches already in the park, but the majority would be standing and I was not a fan of that.

Make it the wedding you want indoors or out! Yes outdoor weddings have a few factors you can’t control like weather, but it was so worth it for us! Be sure to have a firm rain location!

Post # 9
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d say do the ceremony in the church.  We’re banking on an outdoor ceremony, 9 months from now and I’m already a lil stressed wondering if it’ll rain.  The church will look beautiful in pictures so you won’t have a thing to worry about.  And, I think people will be bummed if they can’t attend the ceremony so it’d be difficult to choose who should come and who shouldn’t, with the church you can include everyone.  It seems less stressful.  Good luck with all your planning :o)

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I had a friend who had a simple outdoor ceremony in a public park.  They only had a limited number of chairs and the rest of us stood.  No problem!! the chairs basically went to people who needed to sit and we were all happy to gather around standing.  You def. need a rain option though so make sure there is something in case it rains.  And if you are the kind of person who will freak out if the weather doesn’t cooperate, then it might just be easier to do it in a church and save yourself the worry. 

I wouldn’t do something that excludes people from the ceremony -we have been invited to travel 6 hours to a wedding where only immediate family are invited to the ceremony and personally I think it is kind of inconsiderate to do that (somehow they see this as making their wedding “low key”…by inviting people just to the party and not the part that actually matters….argh!).  The whole point is the vows, the rest is just for fun!

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