Indoor and Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies – Planning Tips

Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies both have their own unique appeal. When a venue can offer either option, deciding whether to go indoors or outdoors can sometimes be hard for couples to agree on. Here are three things to consider to help determine your perfect ceremony setting.

1) Time of Year

Although you may already have a date in mind, it’s a good idea to think about what season would be best for the type of wedding you want to have.

If you like mild weather with natural outdoor scenery, you may want to lean towards a Fall or Spring wedding with an outdoor ceremony. Easy on the budget and the eyes, with all of the vibrant colors and lush greenery supplied, couples can focus their attention on other details.

If you prefer more date availability or a holiday-themed celebration, think Independence Day or New Years, then consider a Summer or Winter wedding with an indoor ceremony. With plenty of décor opportunities, indoor wedding ceremonies also keep guests happy and comfortable in a temperature-controlled setting.

Looking down the main aisle of an outdoor wedding towards the wedding altar before the guests arrive. Photo by Kristy Hoadley Photography.

(Outdoor Ceremony at Springfield Country Club’s Gazebo. Photo Credit Kristy Hoadley)

2) Guest Count

If you prefer a more intimate vibe, an outdoor ceremony space might be the perfect fit for you. Tucked away and surrounded by nature, many outdoor ceremony spaces in garden and gazebo settings lend themselves to an unplugged and romantic feel. If you have a large guest list, it may be tricky to fit everyone into your venue’s outdoor space. Make sure to find out what their capacity recommendations are in advance.

For a more grand celebration with extended family and friends, an indoor ceremony might be the best fit for you. With room to spread out and make the space your own, indoor banquet and ballrooms can easily transform to beautiful ceremony spaces with plenty of room for everyone.

Looking down the main aisle of an indoor wedding towards the wedding altar before the guests arrive. Photo by Zee Anna Photography.

(Indoor Ceremony in the ballroom at Springfield Country Club. Photo Credit Zee Anna)

3) Indoor and Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Aesthetics

The décor potential is limitless for both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces. Each offers couples unique opportunities to express their style. Indoor ceremony spaces allow the décor to be set up without weather constraints and offer guests a seamless transition in style and accessibility from ceremony to reception. Indoor ceremony spaces with a great architecture like high ceilings or chandeliers make for beautiful photo opportunities. Outdoor ceremony spaces can provide a welcomed break from the everyday and are a lovely setting for great photos. They offer a natural, effortless feel that requires few details to impress guests.

While the debate about indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies will continue, we hope that you’re now able to decide which option is best for you. If you would like to see our various indoor and outdoor ceremony space options or if you’re ready to start planning your wedding, our sales and events team would love to hear from you! Contact us today at (610) 690-7600 or click here to get in touch.

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