To have an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony—that is the question. When you’re searching for your wedding venue, this is something that you will have to decide. Outdoor weddings are very popular; and with so many beautiful, panoramic views in Birmingham, the sky is the limit when it comes to outdoor weddings!
Pros for Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies
An outdoor wedding offers you a blank canvas for setting up your wedding ceremony. The natural setting allows you to personalize your wedding venue to be as creative as you want for your ceremony! An indoor wedding may have restrictions on how much you can decorate inside of the building.
An outdoor wedding ceremony certainly offers a beautiful backdrop for pictures. The
natural lighting from the sun is bound to make your ceremony pictures simply stunning!
An outdoor wedding ceremony may be able to accommodate more guests, and provides an intimate setting.
The views, sounds, and smells of Mother Nature adds to the uniqueness of an outdoor wedding; and ties your wedding theme together. Views of the mountains, lake, beach, pasture, or garden all provide exquisite settings.
Look at the gorgeous mountain view at this wedding ceremony at Park Crest Event Facility.
It may be difficult for your guests to hear you exchange your vows in an outdoor location. I’ve been to a wedding where I couldn’t hear anything the couple said. Make sure you get a ceremony sound package with mics for the preacher and groom if your heart is set on an outdoor wedding.
In an outdoor wedding ceremony, you and your guests may get dirty. Your wedding dress will be put through the outdoor elements--mud, dirt, and grass stains could damage your beautiful wedding dress.
We do live in the South, where the temperature can get extremely hot. Think about you and your guests in the extreme heat—especially those that are elderly. Do you really want your wedding make-up to sweat off during the ceremony? Will your precious Memaw and PawPaw all dressed up, be ok in the Alabama heat? If you do have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the summer, turn your wedding programs into fans and set up an area where guests can get a bottle of water. They will be thank you later!
Inclement weather is another factor to consider—Alabama weather is so unpredictable. One minute it is bright and sunny, and the next minute brings an afternoon thunderstorm. If it starts to rain five minutes before your ceremony, it could get delayed or even get rained out. Have a backup plan in place for rain and inclement weather. Consider providing a tent for your guests and wedding vendors. We’ve been to weddings where it suddenly started raining, and the DJ had to quickly cover the equipment. At the same weddings, the caterers and wedding cake bakers were moving quickly to cover and move the cake and food from getting spoiled from the rain.
This couple didn't let the rain stop them from an outdoor ceremony at Aldridge Gardens.
If your heart is set on having an outdoor wedding ceremony, then make sure you do your research and have a backup plan in place. Every wedding venue has pros and cons, but if you have a plan in place for your wedding day you will be ready for anything!