You and your fiance are different and both of you are contemplating an outdoor wedding against a more conventional church wedding! An outdoor wedding holds manifold advantages, especially so for those feeling claustrophobic by church weddings. However, there are certain disadvantages with outdoor weddings as well. Let us consider the pros and cons of outdoor weddings to help finalize any of your decisions in this regard.
Advantages of an Outdoor Wedding:
Church weddings invariably pose restrictions on the themes that can be used for the weddings. With a church wedding, one needs to primarily stick to more conservative themes that are traditional and time honoured. With an outdoor wedding you have a lot more freedom and you can pretty much call all the shots with regard to the themes you would want to have for the wedding. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing the themes – it can be a beach theme or a western theme or anything else that catches your fancy.
The cost is a great advantage when it comes to outdoor weddings as they are definitely much less costly than what you would incur with a church service. You don’t have to pay for using a public garden or a beach to get married, and the only costs in this regard will be what you need provide to the minister. And this goes with a host of conveniences like discarding formal attire and going with a simple sundress (if you prefer) when getting married in a sunny beach or a warm garden.
Another advantage with outdoor weddings is that you and your guests will feel much more relaxed and comfortable in the casual environment as against a stuffy church environment. Having lots of movement space is also welcome as people don’t have to jostle like in a church.
With outdoor weddings, the same venue can be used for wedding and reception; you just need to find someone for decoration and catering.
Disadvantages of an Outdoor Wedding:
The unpredictable weather can play a big havoc with your wedding. Mother Nature is not under our control and the weather man can be wrong. Moreover, the unpredictable nature of the weather makes it difficult to plan outdoor weddings ahead of time. It can be pouring on the day of your wedding and so it would be a good idea to have a back-up plan when you are contemplating an outdoor wedding.
Also most Catholic priests don’t allow you to marry outside of the church. So, you need to convince your priest first if you really want to go ahead with an outdoor wedding.
To summarize, outdoor weddings work for some people and not for others. So, plan carefully taking into account all pros and cons and figure out what will work best for you.