Sometimes the hardest part of choosing a wedding date and venue is actually just determining if the event should be indoors or outdoors, or both. Since most couples schedule their weddings months or even years in advance, it’s impossible to determine what the weather will be like on the day of the ceremony. So how is a couple supposed to make an educated decision? If you love the great outdoors, but don’t want to leave guests stuck in a rainstorm, should one occur, here are some key things to keep in mind before you select your wedding venue!
Choose a Venue That Offers Indoor and Outdoor Options
Even if your heart is set on an outdoor wedding ceremony and/or reception, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a plan B. After all, rainstorms can really dampen an otherwise lovely spring ceremony, and snowstorms could cause guests to give you the cold shoulder, if you don’t have a plan how to keep them safe and warm.
The best solution is to try to choose a wedding venue that has the kind of beautiful outdoor space you’ve been dreaming about, but also an indoor area that will be perfect for protecting guests should there be inclement weather on your wedding day!
You might be able to bear the discomfort of impossibly cute wedding shoes, but you can’t ask your guests to sit through a tsunami just to see your “I do’s.” So this is one situation when function really has to trump form!
Of course, many nature-loving brides are pleased to find that there are wedding venues, like our rustic spaces at Texas Old Town, that help to bring the vibes of the great outdoors, in. This allows them to host weddings that fit closely with their original vision, even if poor weather prevents an outdoor affair.
In fact, many of our brides and grooms opt to use both spaces, even in sunshine, because they are able to create different feels for the wedding ceremony and the reception, as well as to make guests comfortable during pretty, but uncomfortably hot or cold days.
Just make sure you know what, specifically, you are booking. If your venue has four outdoor areas and only one indoor hall, it’s important to determine if that space will be available to you on your wedding day, should you need to make a last-minute change. It’s also important to know how many hours you’ll have in the venue. So check before signing the contract, that way you can rest assured that your guests will have a great time on your wedding day, come rain or shine.