(Closed) Indoor wedding or Outdoor wedding

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MittenZ:  I’m doing outoor (with a reserved back up plan just in case) and these are the things that we’re dealing with/worrying about

Weather is the big one (rain, wind, sun, cold, etc)

walking in heels on grass can be a pain

Standing in heels on grass is a bigger one

It can be harder to hear

music for processional and recessional can be more complicated


Chairs can be wobbly

Post # 5
2302 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@MittenZ:  If you do decide to wear heels there are these little plastic things you can put on the heels so that your heel doesn’t sink into the grass.

Post # 6
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing outdoor ceremony, indoor reception.

Weather is obviously a big problem.. and it’s rained EVERY halloween here [normally AFTER our expected ceremony time.. so there’s that], so we will either be providing umbrellas or getting a tent just big enough for the chairs & ceremony.

It can also be pretty warm, or cold here.. it’s been as high as 90, and as low as 30 on halloween [our weather is seriously messed up!], which the tent will come in handy for high heat as well. For the cold.. not sure.. I’ve considered blankets but that’s a serious investment.


Post # 9
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Does wind count as weather? Even a bright sunny day can be totally ruined for me if it’s very windy because strong wind never fails to give me a bad headache. Also, imagine lightweight things falling over and flying about, dresses being lifted over people’s heads, messy hair all over your face (not to mention your veil), not being able to hear what’s being said etc. 

Also, like PPs pointed out, bugs. Yuck! And they can be a really big problem too, not only a nuisance, if your wedding is in a garden in the spring and someone  is really allergic to bees, for example.  

Pros are obvious: gorgeous scenery, views, the smell of flowers, fresh air… 

Post # 10
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


+1 Very smart to have a back up location.

My husband and I got married outside. It was cold, so I bought a furry shawl.

The earth was wet, so I kept sinking into it with my heels.

Guests may become uncomfortable and antsy outside. 

My husband and I will be having our vow renewal indoors. 

Post # 12
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We were 100% outdoor. Inlaws gorgeous backyard, SoCalif, September, 99.99% chance of dry weather. I woke up on wedding day in horror to the rain!!  Fortunately is was an errant thunderstorm that popped in and then popped out! 

Post # 14
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We had a completely outdoor wedding.  Weather was a big factor but we got married at the end of March in So Cal, so it doesn’t rain much here and our spring weather is typically in the 70’s, which is perfect.  Our venue did have flooring put down where the ceremony and reception spaces were, so no worries about walking on grass.  It also included patio heater rentals because it was a little chilly at night.  No problems with bugs even though it was a botanic garden.  Also the ceremony and reception spaces had electrical outlets so our DJ was able to set up at the ceremony site and use microphones so hearing everything wasn’t a problem either.  I think if you’re considering outdoors you just need to make sure you look into details like that before you sign on for a venue and I wouldn’t pick a time of year that typically is in the 80’s or higher because that gets to be too hot after a couple hours.  Our space didn’t have an indoor space available in case of rain but there was a backup plan using tent rentals.

Post # 15
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I love the outdoors and prefer weddings outdoors.

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