You know you want an outdoor wedding, so you tour a venue and find a beautiful outdoor space — decision made, right? At first glance, your choice for an outdoor wedding location may seem like the perfect setting. However, there are some important factors to take into consideration before you finalize your decision. Here are just a few of the things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect outdoor wedding site.

What is the Noise Level?

Of course, you want to choose a beautiful and attractive location, but you also need to consider your other senses. Is the location close to a highway that creates traffic noise? Are there other sounds or smells that might detract from your big day? Be sure to take in the full picture and choose a quiet location so that guests can easily hear and enjoy the ceremony.

Does the Landscaping Look Attractive in the Season You are Getting Married?

Perhaps you visited the venue in the spring when all the flowering trees were in full bloom. These same trees may be displaying leaves during the summer for a completely different look. If you are planning a fall wedding, will the colors of the season be fully visible or will you be surrounded by bare trees and shrubs? For winter weddings, look for plenty of evergreens that will provide an attractive backdrop. No matter what time of year you are getting married, be sure that you have a good idea of what the location will look like during that season.

It can be helpful to start your planning a little more than a year in advance because it gives you the opportunity to visit your venue around the time of year when you expect to hold your ceremony. Then you can have a realistic idea of the look over a year out. If it’s unrealistic to plan that far in advance, ask your venue if they can show you pictures of other weddings during your preferred season, so you know what to expect.

Outdoor Wedding Venues Need A Rain Plan – Do They Have One?

Some people think that rain is a sign of good luck on your wedding day, but it can create some logistical challenges when it comes to outdoor locations. Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with inclement weather, but make sure you have a Plan B. Be sure that your outdoor location comes with an alternative in case of rain, whether it is a tent or moving things indoors. Choose a venue with a backup plan that is more than just okay–make sure it is a backup plan that you really like! Then you can have the peace of mind of knowing your wedding will be beautiful, no matter what Mother Nature decides to do.

Nothing is more stunning than Mother Nature at her finest, but make sure you know your backup plan, just in case. Considering how a variety of factors upfront can help you make an informed decision and choose an outdoor wedding venue that fits your vision.

At the Rand-Bryan House, our property offers several outdoor wedding locations that can accommodate different tastes and size wedding parties. Our extensive grounds include fields, forests, and gardens that help create the perfect backdrop for any outdoor wedding. For more advice about choosing your location or to tour our property, contact us today.