Having your wedding ceremony and possibly even your reception held outdoors appeals to many engaged couples. If you are outdoorsy, simply love the scenery, or have an outdoor backdrop that has been significant in your relationship, an outdoor wedding venue may be perfect for your upcoming wedding. Outdoor weddings have steadily increased in popularity over recent years, with more couples wanting to incorporate nature and scenery into their wedding. Here are a few details and features to look for when deciding on an outdoor wedding venue:
Available Indoor Facilities
While an outdoor wedding can be beautiful and memorable, chances are that you will want access to at least some indoor facilities for yourself and your guests. For example, there should be a comfortable and private space to get dressed and to have your hair and makeup done before the wedding. You may also want to opt for a venue with indoor bathrooms that are easily accessible for your guests. If children are invited to the wedding, it's a good idea to have a quiet place inside for parents to bring them if they get upset.
While your focus when touring an outdoor wedding venue may be on the scenery, don't overlook the importance of indoor facilities.
Plenty of Electrical Outlets
While a rustic outdoor wedding in a forest or beach may appeal to you, electrical outlets that are plentiful and work reliably are very important. Your officiant will likely need a place to charge their microphone and if you have a DJ they will need to plug in their equipment. You will also want to add lighting, even for a daytime wedding, in case of an overcast day.
A Back-Up Site on the Premises
Even the most temperate locales can experience rain and other weather events. Hopefully, your outdoor wedding will take place without any weather interruptions, but it's wise to have a backup plan just in case. The ideal outdoor wedding venue will include a backup site that can easily be set up in the case of rain or other weather. This may be an outdoor tent, a barn on the premises, or an indoor ballroom or reception hall. Your wedding venue should include this contingency plan in writing when having you sign your venue contract.
Choosing an outdoor wedding venue is a huge task, but focusing on the three items in this article can help narrow down your search.