Indoor vs Outdoor Wedding: Which is Right for You?

Indoor vs Outdoor Wedding: Which is Right for You?

October 15, 2018 jeff 0 Tags:

Indoor vs Outdoor Wedding: Which is Right for You?

Are you trying to decide between an outdoor wedding and an indoor wedding? Read on to learn how to decide which is right for you.

Almost every little girl dreams of her wedding day.

It may start out as using a blanket for a veil and lining up stuffed animals. Eventually, grandma’s costume jewelry enters the picture as an engagement ring. Sketches of wedding gowns get drawn

in crayon.

Of course, as she grows up, her idea of the perfect day changes.

One day, she’ll meet the man of her dreams and he’ll pop the question. Now, it’s time for all those dreams to come true.

If you’re that little girl, congratulations!

But, you know planning a wedding is a lot more than a dress, veil, and guests. That’s why the average wedding costs more than $30,000.

It all starts with the venue. At one point, you may have wanted a traditional wedding. Now that you’re an adult, your tastes have likely changed.

We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of having an indoor and outdoor wedding.

Having an Indoor Wedding

The first thing to consider when you’re planning your big day is the date. If you’re considering an indoor wedding, you should know that it’s going to cost you a little more.

Eighty percent of weddings take place on Saturdays between October and May. This drives up the cost of everything from a wedding planner to your entertainment.


Of course, there are some pros to getting married indoors.


You don’t have to worry about the weather. This is a big factor to take into consideration. If you’re getting married in Florida in the summer, you have to worry about afternoon showers.

If you’re planning a winter wedding in New Hampshire, you’re going to have a lot of snow to contend with.


Sounds simple, but you don’t have to worry about extension cords or noisy generators.


For the most part, decorations are easier. If you want to have ice sculptures, an indoor venue allows that dream to become a reality.

You’ll also find if you want confetti or glitter, the venue may be more open to it. That’s because cleaning up is a little easier when the wind isn’t blowing.

Set Up

The dancefloor, table, chairs, and, in some cases, the sound system are already in place. You, your family and friends won’t have to worry about trying to find a place that rents any of them.


What goes up, must come down and in the case of an indoor wedding, things can go really far down.

It’s More Expensive

Budget is at the top of the list of indoor wedding deterrents. If you’re a part of the 43% of couples who pay at least a part of the wedding, or 12% that pay for all of it, the budget is a huge factor.

You May Have Vendor Limitations

Some venues don’t allow you to hire just any vendor for your wedding. Some will provide you with a list of who you have to use.


Yes, this was in the pros, but it can also be a con.

A venue already has an aesthetic of its own. This means, your search may end up being a lot more vast than you planned.

If you chose a popular wedding date, this will make finding the perfect indoor venue a little more difficult. Or, you take what’s available which means it may not be exactly what you were looking for.

While some may allow you to have glitter and confetti, some will be more strict.

Smaller Guest List

This could be a pro for some, but for most, it’s a drawback. Some indoor venues can’t accommodate more than 100 guests. So, if you have a lot of friends and family, you’re going to have to think long and hard about who makes the cut.


Indoor weddings don’t always have the best lighting. In many cases, your photographer needs to bring extra lighting equipment.

Views Are Limited

Unless you’re one of the lucky brides who finds an indoor venue with spectacular views, you won’t have many windows. Which means, you won’t have any memorable views.

Having an Outdoor Wedding

According to one survey, 66% of weddings don’t take place in religious institutions. So, where are these weddings taking place?

More and more couples are saying their nuptials in an outdoor venue. There are several reasons why, but we’ll also give you some drawbacks, too.


If you’re the non-traditional type — and looking to be a part of that 66% — an outdoor wedding may be perfect for you.

Your Creativity and Imagination Can Run Wild

With an outdoor wedding, almost everything imaginable is on the table.

Beach wedding? Yes, ma’am.

Barn wedding? Absolutely.

There are very limitations. This allows you to be as creative as you want to be.

You Can Have More Guests

Because you’re not limited by the fire marshall or the size of the venue, you can invite as many people as you’d like. In most cases, we should say.


Depending on your chosen location, the views can set your wedding apart from any other wedding your guests have ever attended.

Because you’re not limited by walls or lack of windows, you can have almost any backdrop you want as you exchange vows.


A huge pro to having an outdoor wedding is all the natural light for photos. Your photographer/videographer won’t have to lug around heavy equipment which may even save you some money.


We’re going to revisit this one in a minute, but outdoor entertainment has its perks. If you wanted a live band or even something more creative like fire dancers, an outdoor venue is perfect.


The cost of outdoor weddings is usually less than one held indoors. But, that all depends on your location. Some outdoor weddings can get pretty pricey.


An outdoor wedding may sound better and better to you and it should. But you should consider everything and that includes a few cons.


Weather is one of the pros of having an indoor wedding, and the biggest con of planning one outdoors.

We don’t need to list all the ways that weather can ruin your perfect day. But, we have to mention that if your wedding is outdoors and needs to get moved inside due to inclement weather, some venues will charge you more.

That is — if the venue you selected has an indoor/outdoor option.

Set Up

This is a slight con. Many outdoor weddings take place at venues that specialize in weddings.

If you’ve chosen a spot like this, great! Set up isn’t an issue.

But, if you’re planning to have your wedding at a park or on the beach, you’re on your own with the setup. This includes trying to rig the area for electricity.


Some outdoor venues won’t allow you to have balloons, rice, or confetti. This is because these decorations can disturb the surrounding wildlife.


While having a live band or unique entertainment is conducive to the outdoors, if you want a DJ, it can be a little more difficult.

The main reason is the setup.

The sound quality shouldn’t be too much of an issue as most professionals have high-quality equipment. But, your DJ may want to set up in a certain area to protect themselves — and that high-quality equipment — from the elements.

But again, if you’re going with a professional outdoor wedding venue, this shouldn’t be an issue. They’re most likely prepared for this kind of setup.

So, Indoor or Out?

You now know the pros and cons of having an indoor vs. outdoor wedding. But what it all comes down to is what you want.

If you’re still unsure which is best for you, why not choose a venue that allows you to have the best of both worlds?

Wisteria Ridge is a private 28-acre estate that features spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

With the option of having your reception in a 4,000 square foot tent or in a rustic barn, Wisteria Ridge can seat up to 300 guests.

Visit our FAQ, then contact us to schedule a meeting.

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