Outdoor Weddings: The Pros & Cons

  • By Cassandra Gillespie
  • 21 Dec, 2017

Outdoor Wedding Venues 

Outdoor wedding venues are becoming a popular choice due their limitless opportunities and the message that they can convey about you and your partner. There are endless advantages to incorporating your personal style and interests into the natural ambiance of an outdoor venue.

Choosing the ideal location for your wedding is perhaps the biggest decision you will make during your wedding planning. If you are ready to embrace an outdoor venue or are beginning to think that an outside wedding venue is right for you, let us review some fabulous perks of wedding venues outdoors and how to avoid some downfalls of the natural experience.

1.   Beauty of the Outdoors

It is hard to beat spring blooms, a glorious sunset or the smell of fall and the turning of leaves from lush green to the hues of harvest. The beauty of the outdoors has an allure as unique as your dream day and is unbeatable in making a certainly wonderful event even better.

If you have a favorite season, it may be easy to set a wedding date. To complement your chosen time of year, a beautiful outdoor wedding venue may be the perfect match!

2.   Open Spaces

Regardless of how many are on your guest list, an outside venue will not feel stuffy or overcrowded. Open spaces provide ample seating along with arrangement flexibility. From a big wedding to an intimate affair, the best outdoor wedding venues provide ample breathing room. It is hard to deny that everyone loves fresh air!

3.   Great Wedding Photos

The day of your ceremony will come and go fast so it is important to have long-lasting photos that you love and cherish. Outdoor wedding venues provide a breathtaking backdrop of nature and capture timeless moments with flowers in their natural habitat and the sun peeking in at just the right time. You can discuss with your photographer the perfect angles and timing for the best lighting.

Image via Kelsey Diane Photography

4.   Creative Freedom

Having your wedding outdoors allows for boundless opportunities as compared to what may be available in a traditional location. If you would like to release a dole of doves during your vows, or ride in on a horse, you have the creative freedom to do so. If you prefer that your Ring Bearer be your four-legged best friend, you can do that too. Whether it be an outdoor ceremony or an outdoor reception venue, remember, this is your day!

5.   Cost

Unless you are planning to exchange your vows in the butterfly garden of a majestic castle, there are a number of ways to reduce cost with an outdoor party venue. Decorations from your inner creative soul that match the natural beauty and sentiment of your outdoor location are often less expensive than decorating a barren room.

Things to Consider when Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Unpredictable Weather

The two most common deterrents to utilizing an outdoor wedding venue are temperature and rainfall. Rain will certainly dampen your big day along with extreme heat, cold, wind and/or humidity. Indicating an outdoor venue on your wedding invitations or with an insert will let your guests know to bring a light sweater or a pair of sunglasses. You may rent large portable fans and invest in umbrellas to be sure that your guests stay cool and dry.

If Mother Nature really wants to be a nuisance on your wedding day and bless you with downpours, lightening or high winds, it would be advantageous to have an escape route such as an indoor facility. Bliss Plaza is an indoor-outdoor wedding venue located in Greenwood, MO that offers 5,000 square feet of recently updated indoor space along with a beautiful outdoor area complete with gazebo and a vast area overlooking a long green landscape.

Wedding Crashers

Things that fly, crawl, buzz and cause your Aunt Mary to sneeze may not be welcome at your wedding but in an outside venue, it is hard to keep these wedding crashers from arriving.

Bugs, insects, ants, mosquitoes, bees, spiders, flies and allergens can find a way to become front and center at your outside wedding ceremony venue and/or outside wedding reception venue. Citronella candles, bug zappers and bug spray can help alleviate these pests.

For those guests that cannot tolerate these unwanted pests, an indoor space will provide relief. Additionally, you would probably like an indoor space for the wedding party to get ready and keep their belongings. Bliss Plaza rooms dedicated to the bridal  to get ready. This private area will allow for wardrobe changes and offers complete bathroom facilities.

Uneven ground

Natural terrain is not always smooth like a parquet floor. Guests may need to plan for proper footwear and this may be a double concern if you incur wet or cold weather. It will be important to note to your female guests that they may sink in high heels or be subject to cold feet in open-toed shoes. The best outdoor wedding venue will have walkways and designated paths but there may also be a concern for those guests who have handicap requirements or have trouble going the distance.

Bliss Plaza offers an outdoor space that is just steps from its indoor facilities. It includes paved parking lot, which is nestled between its interior and exterior components. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are wheel chair accommodating and additional provisions may be made as applicable.

Sound and Noise

While an outdoor space is ideal for a large guest list, those sitting at the back of your outdoor wedding venue may not be able to hear you and your loved one say, “I Do”. It would be wise to invest in a microphone and speaker system to ensure that all those in attendance can listen to your vows. It is also important to note your time of day and time of year to avoid the loud singing of cicadas, the noise of locust or croaking bullfrogs.

Bliss Plaza is conveniently located next to a private office complex, which eliminates additional traffic and automobile noise. Additionally, the event team at Bliss Plaza is an excellent resource for planning and setting up equipment such as a sound system so that your day remains as magical as you have always dreamed it to be.

Restrictions and Parking

Backyard weddings may have limited parking. Public areas such as parks may have alcohol limitations, head-count maximums, noise level rules and time constrictions that pose a problem. Bathroom facilities may be a challenge in the above circumstances and for outside wedding venues in general.


Image via Kelsey Diane Photography

Bliss Plaza  has ample private parking, which is just steps from an outdoor ceremony site and an indoor site, which can be used for a bridal suite, restroom facilities and/or reception.

Selecting an outdoor party venue for your wedding is a wonderful way to capture the beauty and serenity of nature but is not without its challenges. Combining an outdoor venue with indoor facilities is a perfect way to marry both worlds.

Bliss Plaza  is an indoor-outdoor wedding venue located just south of Kansas City in Greenwood, MO that is an ideal choice for your big day!

Featured Image via Nick Allen Photography
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If a small wedding suits you or you are tossing around creative and unique small wedding ideas, consider bringing a new twist to the traditional small wedding venue. Planning a small wedding allows you to personalize details, tailor festivities and maintain a level of engagement with all of your guests.

A small wedding can mean many things. It can mean, intimate; it can mean that you want to indulge a near and dear group on your special day and it can mean that you choose to splurge on the items that are the most important to you instead of spreading a budget too thin. Whatever the meaning, a small wedding has many advantages and regardless of size, it is Your Wedding Celebration.

By Cassandra Gillespie 21 Dec, 2017

Outdoor wedding venues are becoming a popular choice due their limitless opportunities and the message that they can convey about you and your partner. There are endless advantages to incorporating your personal style and interests into the natural ambiance of an outdoor venue.

Choosing the ideal location for your wedding is perhaps the biggest decision you will make during your wedding planning. If you are ready to embrace an outdoor venue or are beginning to think that an outside wedding venue is right for you, let us review some fabulous perks of wedding venues outdoors and how to avoid some downfalls of the natural experience.

1.   Beauty of the Outdoors

It is hard to beat spring blooms, a glorious sunset or the smell of fall and the turning of leaves from lush green to the hues of harvest. The beauty of the outdoors has an allure as unique as your dream day and is unbeatable in making a certainly wonderful event even better.

If you have a favorite season, it may be easy to set a wedding date. To complement your chosen time of year, a beautiful outdoor wedding venue may be the perfect match!

2.   Open Spaces

Regardless of how many are on your guest list, an outside venue will not feel stuffy or overcrowded. Open spaces provide ample seating along with arrangement flexibility. From a big wedding to an intimate affair, the best outdoor wedding venues provide ample breathing room. It is hard to deny that everyone loves fresh air!

3.   Great Wedding Photos

The day of your ceremony will come and go fast so it is important to have long-lasting photos that you love and cherish. Outdoor wedding venues provide a breathtaking backdrop of nature and capture timeless moments with flowers in their natural habitat and the sun peeking in at just the right time. You can discuss with your photographer the perfect angles and timing for the best lighting.

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