Making the choice between and indoor and outdoor wedding on a beautiful summer day can be a tough decision and has been a debate in the wedding world for decades. However, there are many factors that you may want to consider before making your choice between the two options. Here are some tips and tricks to use when deciding whether you would like an indoor or outdoor wedding.
One of the most obvious factors that plays a role when choosing between an indoor and outdoor wedding is the activities you plan to do. There are some activities that will only work indoors, and some activities that work better outdoors. For instance, if you want to give your guests really long wedding sparklers or organize a game of flag football, you obviously want an outdoor wedding. You can use shorter sparklers indoors, but if you want to burn long ones then outdoors is the only way to go.
Weather is a Factor
If you live in a place that does not get a lot of rain in certain months, that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. If you want an outdoor wedding, you must plan for inclement weather, including rainstorms and even heat waves. Guests will not want to sit in the sun for an extended period of time if the temperatures are too high. There should always be a “Plan B” that includes a rental hall that can be used, but keep in mind this will also affect your budget.
The Outdoors Provides Natural Decor and Lighting
If you want to trim your decor budget, consider a scenic outdoor ceremony or reception. Nature will be there to provide you with all that you need as far as decor and it can make for some stunning photos of your special day. The sun will take care of lighting your ceremony but if you are thinking about an evening reception outdoors, remember that lighting will not be as easy to come by and will need to be set up well in advance. Nature also unfortunately can provide bugs, and not everyone wants to be swatting at mosquitoes while you are cutting your cake.
Indoors you will not have to worry about lighting or bugs, but you may have to consider design regulations and what is allowed and what isn’t. Make sure the venue allows for open flame if you want candles as your centerpiece, and that the air conditioning is working for a summer wedding. You usually also have to book indoor venues well in advance to get the date you want.