What is your ideal outdoor wedding venue? Before deciding, take a look at the pros and cons of these popular locations.
THE PROS: It’s a comfortable place that evokes plenty of memories. Cottages provide a relaxed, friendly vibe – especially if you add a late-night campfire.
THE CONS: You may feel the need to do more for the event because it is your (or your family member’s) property. Hire a planner to take over, so you can relax.
EVENT VENUE OUTDOOR SPACE
THE PROS: Someone is there to look after every little detail and walk you through the planning process. There are typically no surprises with estblighed venues; they know what they are doing!
THE CONS: Having a back-up plan if the outdoor area isn’t covered. Sure, there may be indoor space, but that space could be occupied by another wedding. Don’t assume you can just go inside, and don’t assume your venue has tents, etc. Get a plan B in writing from your venue.
THE PROS: You can’t really get more romantic than the beach. People truly dream of this location. Plus, with COVID restrictions loosening in Canada and around the world, we can start planning destination weddings again!
THE CONS: Exchanging rings in the sand is a risk. If you don’t trust your clumsy hands, think about saying “I do” on a carpet or platform of some kind so you don’t end up digging in the sand for a lost ring.
THE PROS: If boho is your vibe, then a barn is an ideal setting for your vows. It gives you an outdoor/ indoor combination, which is perfect for unpredictable weather. Plus, if you have a canine best man, he may be welcome at this type of venue!
THE CONS: Chances are, your barn isn’t equipped with air conditioning and could get mighty hot. Ask if fans can be provided, or inquire about power supply if you plan on bringing your own fans. Barns can sometimes have access troubles for those with mobility issues. Consider whether or not the parking lot and paths are paved, or if the flooring is finished in the barn itself.
THE PROS: The grounds are immaculate and provide gorgeous backdrops for photography. And the club may include a free round of golf for the wedding party (or a discount) before the wedding day.
THE CONS: A golf course will always look like a golf course, despite florals and décor. It doesn’t provide much of a canvas to give your wedding its own, unique look. There may also be strict noise restrictions (so no musicians or loud cheering).