Outdoor weddings are a big hit among brides and grooms nowadays because of the beauty of having their exchange of vows in a place that looks exotic and paradise-like as their backdrop. But contrary to the trend, it is not necessary to leave Southern California or fly to Hawaii to have this unique experience. Anybody can just go to the local beach, someone’s vineyard, villa, a community park or garden and get the necessary permit to perform the wedding ceremony and reception there. Wedding venues in Orange County are plentiful; you just have to do your homework!
The decision to hold the wedding outdoors should not be based purely on the aesthetics though. The bride and the groom must also consider several factors to achieve a smooth flow on their wedding. I've lined up some pros and cons of getting an outdoor venue below; hope these help!
Pros:Limitless venue options. Unlike indoor Orange County wedding venues, outdoor settings have no limits. There are plenty of locations available to hold your wedding: beach, a cottage in the mountain, a private villa, the local park, or even on someone’s backyard garden.
Every area is a photo opportunity. Since the wedding will be outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities where guests can take their “selfies” or “groupies” and post something on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. This is also something that your Orange County wedding photographer wants – a lot of perfect backdrops where he can take shots of the newlyweds.
No need for an event stylist. There is no need to hire someone to create a gorgeous backdrop or arrange elaborate designs on the venue because Mother Nature already has it all laid out for you. Natural light. A photographer will bring his own light equipment but will always look for natural lighting to bring out the best from his subject. With an outdoor venue, you will get a lot of this for free!
Pet-friendly. Great news particularly for pet lovers! Outdoor wedding venues in Orange County, unlike enclosed ones, tend to be more welcoming for our furry friends. So brides and grooms who want to include their pet to their wedding party will love this. Your pets will also love this because they have a lot of spaces where they can run around freely.
Cons:Ill-equipped for weather interruptions. Outdoor venues always come with the possibility of unexpected rain showers or strong winds so brides and grooms must be prepared with contingency plans like tents, big parasols, etc.
Requires a good sound system. An outdoor venue will scatter the sounds made because the location has no walls that will let it bounce at. So sometimes the guests seated at the back can no longer hear what is happening at the front.
Constant worry for security and privacy. Outdoor Orange County wedding venues tend to be over-crowded during peak season especially if you plan to have your wedding in a public place like the nearby beach or local park. Couples who choose to be married here should be prepared for people roaming around and who will intentionally stay there and watch the ceremony as it progresses.