Where to Wed?
Indoor and outdoor venues
By Natalie Tsang
August 17, 2011
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. They can happen in all sorts of places too. From rooftops to the middle of a clearing in the woods, from the beach to Westminster Abbey, no one can deny that where you tie the knot adds a touch of significance to your vows. Saying "I do" in a high vaulted church or during a sunset with wind in you hair are both beautiful options, but which one, if either, is right for you? How do you even choose? Where to begin? How about starting with the most basic of questions? Inside or out?
Inside is the traditional choice. There are many practical benefits for having an indoor wedding. There is often climate control such as air conditioning or heating. Usually, there are better acoustics and more electrical plugs. For fans of architecture, getting married in a building is a no-brainer.
Part of the magic of the outdoor wedding is the risk factor. In one season, rain and wind may threaten your special day. In another, scorching temperatures or bugs are the culprits. Part luck and part conquering the elements, there are few things as magical as a successful ceremony outside. The natural lighting can provide a golden glow. And the landscape provides a spectacular backdrop. There is also a whole new layer of sensory details such as the smell of grass, the warmth of sunlight on your arms, and the sounds of birds and the rustle of branches.
Some people choose the best of both worlds by having the ceremony and reception in different places, but scoring two beautiful and different locations that are close together may require more effort than its worth. Before choosing a venue, draw up a list of things you want and don't want. Grass stains can ruin a ball gown wedding dress or a wedding gown with a train. Your mother's severe allergy to bee stings should be factored in. If you, your fiancé, immediate family and friends love the great outdoors, than you might want to start looking for an officiant who loves to hike.
Also take into account your budget, the size of your guest party, and date of the ceremony. Regardless of which one you choose, prepare for the unexpected. And remember that unimaginably wonderful things can come with the unexpected.