How do you choose a spring wedding venue, especially if you want an outdoor wedding?
Planning an outdoor wedding in the spring is not for the faint of heart. It requires a risk-taker mentality. Someone who won’t let stress get the better of them. Because as lovely as spring is, it can turn into winter quickly (even in May) and plans can change.
Where do you even start when choosing your wedding venue? If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding ceremony or wedding reception, here are some suggestions for choosing the perfect location for your wedding.
Venues for your wedding
A golf course is a crisp, clean wedding venue option. The great thing about being married at a golf course is that the properties tend to have many options when it comes to ceremony locations. Typically, there are a couple outside, and in case of inclement weather, you can always move your event indoors. Speak with the wedding team at the golf course and confirm back-up plans.
Be sure to ask about wedding décor rules, particularly for outside. Sometimes golf courses are a get-what-you-get situation when it comes to wedding décor as they don’t want to disrupt their landscaping or interiors.
Remember: depending on how the weather has been, they may not allow you on the fairways or greens for photos. Respect their property and their venue.
Galleries can be really sophisticated and romantic, and some of them have outdoor sculpture galleries in which weddings can take place. Again, the benefit here is having an easy alternative to outdoor nuptials if it rains.
Speak to the gallery about allowing your guests to peruse the paintings in between the ceremony and reception. This may come at an extra cost, but your guests will be truly entertained.
Nearly every city has a botanical garden of some kind, filled with gorgeous site options for a spring ceremony. They are good for large weddings, or as small wedding venues.
When booking a garden for wedding venues (or even better, before you book) ask about which flowers will be in bloom for your preferred wedding date. Lilacs? Roses? Cherry blossoms? And depending on which are showing their colors, can the ceremony take place in that area of the garden? Don’t assume that you can go wherever the flowers are.
Vineyards are beautiful spring wedding venues. Now depending on the time of year and grape variety.
Vineyards may be lush and green in the spring, or barely sprouting. Do your research beforehand. If plants are in their fragile state, just beginning to grow, you may not be able to have a ceremony or even take photos amongst the vines.
Vineyards are gorgeous, but they are also a business, and you wouldn’t want to impair the growth process. That being said, many vineyards do have beautiful rooms with stunning views, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get great photos. Oh, and did we mention the added bonus of all the wine?
Rustic. Boho. Natural. Those are just a few words to describe a barn wedding venue. A barn venue for weddings gives you indoor/outdoor options, but either way, it’s still a barn. Make sure you have all the amenities needed at your barn venue.
Discuss heating, lighting and bathroom facilities with your venue. Most established businesses will have all of this sorted, even if they are a barn. But, if you’re simply “using a friend’s barn” for your wedding reception, you’ll have lots to consider. Try to stick with the pros and book a legitimate space.
If you’re more of a cityscape type of person, look into a hotel rooftop for your wedding ceremony location or reception venue. You’ll have incredible views and it’s a unique location that guests will talk about for years to come.
If you’re lucky enough to have a warm spring day/ evening, a rooftop reception filled with garlands of twinkle lights or Edison bulbs is a sight to see. Or maybe you’ll have enough sunshine in the afternoon for a quick ceremony on the roof, and then back into a hotel ballroom or restaurant for the reception.
Cottage or backyard
What is the perfect location for a small wedding? Intimate, at-home weddings became extra popular during COVID and have stuck around. Consider your backyard as a wedding venue or your cottage as a reception venue.
There’s nothing like the warm feeling of being at home. However, if your event is moved indoors, will you have enough room? If not, a tent is a must-have.
And a wedding on your property doesn’t mean skimping on décor or a delicious sit-down meal. Go all out, but ask a planner to help you construct the day of your dreams. A lot goes into a house or cottage wedding, including permits, so ask a professional to help out.
See more from our Spring Wedding Guide.
–By Amy Bielby