(Closed) Indoor vs. outdoor wedding

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I don’t think you CAN set aside weather as a factor to be honest. Depending on where you are in October you need a good rain backup plan and a good cold weather option, too. Both indoor or outdoor are beautiful, and I think ultimately you should go with what’s comfortable for you and guests and also makes you happy.

Post # 3
2134 posts
Buzzing bee

I had an outdoor ceremony (indoor reception). It was at an arboretum so I didn’t have to decorate which was huge! 

Post # 4
325 posts
Helper bee

Outside of weather, one other large factor is cost to decorate. A benefit of outdoor is that the outdoor space tends to provide free, beautiful decor. Some indoor spaces (not all by any means) have plain walls and fixtures, which can be a nice blank canvas, but is expensive to dress up. Of course some indoor venues can be gloriously decorated from the get-go.

Another thought might be restrooms. Indoor will certainly have plumbing. Outdoor night require port-a-potties depending on the venue.

Going outdoor for us was a no brainer, I wanted to be out among the trees. We picked a month with good weather and planned for tents if it rained (it didn’t).

Post # 5
1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We chose a lodge with a large open field lined by a forest for our venue. We plan to get married outside and have our reception inside. I don’t think I would plan to have an outdoor reception unless it was under a tent or other type of covering. We both knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, but when we were looking at venues, we made sure that there were plan B options available. At the venue we chose, we’ll just move the ceremony inside of the lodge if it rains.

Post # 7
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I prefer an outdoor wedding, however you NEED a rain plan for sure! 

Post # 9
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

In Europe I think I’d be fine but a big factor for us is that we aren’t allowed to drink outside anywhere in Vancouver! Unless we found a backyard which is also impossible because houses cost 1,000,000 +

Something to look into just to check. I love the idea of getting married outdoors!

Post # 10
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

1. What decoration is allowed in your outside option? Mine does not allow anything in the ground, and does not like rice/stuff like that

2. What is the ground like? Will your girls (and you) be in longer dresses and heels? Or shorter dresses and flats? Think of the ground and how easy it will be to walk if it rains the night before or morning of. 

3. What time of day, and will the sun and heat be a problem for anyone? In particular you in your dress.

4. Insects in your area. Will they be a problem to your guests?

5. (Someone else mentioned) are bathrooms readily accessible?


When it comes to weather, you need to take into consideration the days leading up to the wedding as well with an outdoor event. If it rains the night before, it will still be soggy the next night if it’s not super hot out to dry it.

Post # 11
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

How exciting! 

While I would have loved to have an out door wedding, in a beautiful location, we are having our wedding in Melbourne in Australia, where the weather is notorious for being unpredictable and “four seasons in a day” is the catch phrase (what it lacks in predictable weather, it makes up for in awesome vibe, great food and drinks and art). 

We are having our wedding in a placed called Montsalvat, which has an indoor and an outdoor option, but we decided to keep it easy and just go for indoor. 

Other than not knowing whether it will be sunny, or a blistering rain – we also factored in other things that we may not have any control of, some of which was based on things we’ve seen before. 
Outdoors means you don’t have any control of the elements. 
Wind, I’ve been to a wedding, where the wind was blowing the brides veil/hair into her face the whole time, blowing the dress around, dust – things like that. 
Sun – sunburn, (as a makeup artist, I don’t recommend wearing sunscreen on the day, as it can bounce back with the light, particarly flash photography, leaving the skin looking white) sun in the eyes.
Being either too hot, or too cold (haha I don’t like to be cold, but I’m funny like that haha). 
Other things to thing about are things like grass, has it been raining lately, is the ground softer than normal?  Are ladies with heels going to sink into the grass?  Are people shoes, hem lines going to get muddy?
It all totally depends on where it’s going to be, but just things to concider. 

You’ll also need to make sure that you have good sound/speakers for music/ celebrant  can be hurd and anybody doing a reading, singing, that type of thing. 
Often venues/celebrants might be able to provide that for you, but good to note. 

But I do think that outdoor weddings are so beautiful, and I kind of wish that we had had ours outdoors – the photos look so amazing from some that I’ve seen 🙂 

Good luck with your decision!


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