Pros and Cons of an Outdoor Wedding

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 6:21PM

Now that you’re engaged, it is time to start the wedding planning process. The first order of business is deciding a date, but following that, the next step will probably be deciding whether or not it should be indoors or outdoors and finding a venue that can accommodate your plans. In order to make the decision of where to host your wedding, you need to look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of hosting an outdoor wedding.

Below you will find a list of pros and cons of an outdoor wedding that may help make your decision easier.

Outdoor Wedding Pros



Outdoor weddings are great if you are on a strict budget for decorations and lighting. With the wedding being outside, depending on the season, the assorted colors of the fall foliage will act as the decorations and the sun will be your light.


Both fall and summer are perfect for outdoor weddings. In the summer, people get to enjoy being outside in the sun and not cooped up in a hot, stuffy venue. In the fall, the weather has cooled down a bit, but it is still nice enough for people to enjoy the outdoors before winter hits.


Outdoor wedding spaces are often large, offering the perfect amount of space for people to host their wedding. Unlike the indoors, guests can breathe easy and not have to deal with being crammed into one room that may or may not be able to fit all wedding guests comfortably.

Outdoor Wedding Cons


Unpredictable weather

Spring and Winter are two seasons that can have unpredictable weather. On Monday, it can be sunny without a cloud in the sky, but by the time the weekend rolls around, it could be a wet and rainy. People can only predict the weather so far in advance, so this creates a problem when you are planning your wedding four or five months out. However, if you stay in the seasons of Summer or Fall the likelihood of a bad weather event drops.


Guests may have limited availability all year round, but it can especially be a problem in the Spring and Winter. During the Spring, children have school and extracurricular activities, so they will require their parents’ attention. Winter can be an issue because people plan vacations and family getaways.

Limited Venue Options

Outdoors weddings are great, but that is if you can find a venue that has an outdoor option. Depending on where you are located, the number of venues in your city with an outdoor option may be low. Also, what venues do have outdoor options may be booked because summer and fall are often when people tie the knot.

Outdoor weddings can offer guests a fun, unique experience at your wedding. While the weather can often be unpredictable and the your guests’ availability may be an issue, there are still many great reasons why you should consider hosting your wedding outdoors. Take a look at what The Inn at New Hyde Park has to offer with our gorgeous gardens and outdoor areas. You want your big day to be perfect and hosting your wedding outdoors may give it that special touch needed to make it stand out from the rest.