If you’re thinking of having your wedding abroad then you must have already been won over by the countless benefits of travelling. We’re all about chasing your dream wedding so it’s great if you’ve decided to pull out all the stops in the name of love and take your celebratory ceremony overseas.
However, that’s just the first step. How do you now decide what your venue is going to be, and where in the world you can find it? Whether you’re looking at hosting your big day in France, getting married in Cyprus or tying the knot in Thailand, there are an overwhelming number of choices to make. That’s why, to help you out, we’re looking at the plus points for each different type of venue you can go for, as well as the potential downsides.
Option 1: Outdoors
Nature makes the perfect backdrop for a beautiful scene like a wedding! Whether it’s fields of flowers, mountains and hills or a golden beach at sunset, the decorations are already done for you. However, if you’re not satisfied with that, it’s easy to add your own setup such as lighting, seating and even larger structures to keep your wedding covered, all without having to worry too much about space.
On the other hand, the weather is likely to be unpredictable even if you choose a hot and sunny destination. If you want your wedding outside you might have to weatherproof the event and the guests which can be expensive, plus it’s hard to keep the temperature under control which is an issue when everyone’s outfits are so important!
Option 2: Indoors
If you’re choosing to have a ceremony at a church, a mosque or any other religious setting, you’re probably going to be safe from the elements. You can also host a fabulous wedding in a hotel, a restaurant or pretty much any other indoor location of your choosing. You can enjoy the benefit of fully trained staff at the venue, as well as having accommodation built-in for the guests and even the happy couple for the honeymoon.
The only thing to be wary of is hidden costs, because if someone else is hosting your event and providing everything you need with no questions asked, chances are you’re going to be billed for it later and you have to bear this in mind. You can also be quite restricted as you have the follow whatever rules are in place for your venue.
Options 3: The best of both worlds
Our favourite strategy for choosing your venue is to have the best of both, and choose a combination of outdoor and indoor events for your wedding. If you’re able to travel abroad and all your guests can afford to join you, that’s perfect and you can probably enjoy a fabulous celebration outside providing the weather is on your side. If you’re closer to home or somewhere the weather can’t be predicted, be flexible so you can make the most of any good weather but you’re still able to keep everything on schedule (and dry) should conditions take a turn for the worse. The key, as always, is to be prepared in advance and everything should run smoothly on your dream wedding day.