Wedding Planning: Indoor or Outdoor
If you are thinking about planning your wedding, you may be planning for the distant future or freshly engaged and ready to get married as soon as possible. Regardless of your timeline, everyone that plans to have a formal wedding has to start planning!
We all know that wedding planning can be a meticulous task. If you are a detail-oriented person, every detail could matter all the way down to the placement of the napkin on the dinner table. Even if you are not a detail-oriented person, there will be some details that you want to think about.
One big aspect of the wedding planning process that you need to think about is if you and your partner wish to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony. This can be a huge decision, but there are a few tips that can make the process easier.
Make the Decision Together
The first tip that can help make this decision an easier process is to sit down with your partner and make sure that they know it is a joint decision. Talk about both of your personal values and visions for the day. Have you always envisioned an indoor wedding? Does your partner feel the same? Having an open discussion is a great way to determine initial feelings.
Make a Pros/Cons List
Once your feelings are out in the open, make a pros and cons list for your options. This will help you both to visually see the benefits and drawbacks of both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and can give you something concrete to think about when establishing your reasoning.
When establishing a pros and cons list, be sure to keep a positive attitude! It can be discouraging if your partner has downfalls to your desired idea, but you should keep a positive attitude because sometimes cons can evolve into pros as the decision-making process continues!
Do Your Research
Doing your research is another crucial tip for deciding whether to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony. If you have friends or family members that have gotten married recently, ask them about their experience with the ceremony and their decision-making process.
Another great way to “research” is to think about weddings that you have attended in the past. Were the ceremonies inside or outside? Which one did you like better? Were there any locations that you particularly disliked? Thinking openly about these things and discussing them with your partner can help your own decision-making process.
Lastly, you will need to take into account things such as the number of guests you plan to invite and the weather. If you are wanting to get married in a cold and/or rainy climate, an indoor ceremony may be best for the comfort of yourself, your partner, and your guests. Also, if you have an insanely long guest list, it may be difficult to find an indoor space that is big enough for your needs.
Regardless of if you choose to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony, remember that it will be a special day because you are sharing it with the person you love and your family and friends. Remember to start planning early, keep your partner’s opinions in mind, and be open to new ideas!