Pros and Cons of Outdoor Wedding Venues | Saphire Event Group

Most individuals have a pretty good idea of what they want their wedding to be like. This doesn’t mean that every single tiny detail is nailed down, but there is normally an overall plan for how things should look and feel. The trouble then becomes finding a venue that matches this vision, which can sometimes be far easier said than done.

When you begin searching through all modern wedding venues for the one that will best suit your needs, you may quickly discover that the overall style and decor of these venues influence your decision about whether to select them. To be absolutely fair, your search should include all indoor and outdoor venues in Massachusetts, so that you truly see what is available to you.

Outdoor Wedding Venues

It is not unusual for someone’s wedding vision to automatically include an indoor wedding venue, perhaps because it seems that such a venue would more easily permit one to utilize of all necessary vendor services. However, it’s important to know that selecting an outdoor wedding venue does not mean parting with certain desired vendor services, details or luxuries. In fact, with proper research it is possible to find beautiful outside wedding venues in MA that provide the premier wedding services needed and wanted in order to make this special day a reality. That said, it is always wise to weigh the pros and cons of any wedding venue prior to making a decision, in order to ensure that the venue you select will work best to your needs. Following are the basic pros and cons of selecting an outdoor wedding venue:

Pro: Whether your wedding is held in the morning, mid-afternoon or early evening, and whether it is held on a hilltop, in a garden, in a vineyard, on a farm or next to a serene lake, the backdrop for your wedding will be the fantastic, natural beauty of the great outdoors. This usually means that decorations can be minimal, simply enhancing the beauty that is already present around you. 

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Pro: Outdoor weddings are commonly believed to be much more family friendly than indoor weddings. This could be due to the fact that children can usually be easily entertained by nature, and are therefore far less likely to pay a whole lot of attention to carefully-placed wedding decor. It could also be due to the fact that outdoor weddings, regardless of their size, can convey a level of comfort and relaxation that is not always obtainable with indoor weddings. Whatever the reason, guests who are bringing their children to the wedding often feel more comfortable and relaxed at an outdoor wedding, and will therefore stay a bit longer and have a more enjoyable time. 

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Pro: Outdoor wedding venues can sometimes be far less costly than indoor wedding venues.

Con: There is simply no way to be certain of the weather when holding an outdoor wedding. Of course, you should always schedule an outdoor wedding for a time of day and year that normally yields pleasant weather. However, you will have to prepare for the fact that temperatures may suddenly and unexpectedly rise or drop for your big day, or you may be visited by an unexpected rainstorm, and you will need a good backup plan to switch to if this does occur. A great compromise is to plan a tented wedding reception. This allows you to enjoy the beauty of an outdoor wedding with the security of shelter in case of rainy weather. 

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Con: You may have difficulty getting the exact lighting you need for perfect wedding photos. Along with unpredictable weather comes unpredictable lighting. Whether it’s incredibly sunny or terribly overcast, poor lighting can make good outdoor wedding photos difficult to capture. This can be another reason to have a backup plan–a second, indoor photography site will help ensure you get the wedding photos you really want. 

At the end of the day, the choice really has to be yours. If you truly desire an outdoor wedding, you may be frustrated if you feel you have to settle for an indoor wedding just because there is a possibility that the weather and lighting may not be the best. After all, it is your special day, and everything about your special day will only further contribute to its uniqueness.


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