Who doesn’t love an open air wedding? You’re guaranteed drop dead gorgeous surroundings, you’ll probably be blessed with some built-in floral arrangements and you’ll get ample space to turn it into the outdoor wedding venue of your dreams. We’ve created a rundown of the most popular styles to help you find the perfect place for your celebration.
Here are the outdoor venue styles we’re totally obsessed with.
If your favourite part of weddings is the flowers, a garden wedding venue is the way to go. You get built-in beautiful arrangements at no extra cost and your decor is pretty much taken care of for you. This is the perfect style of venue for a transparent wedding tent style because it lets you really take advantage of your surroundings.
Want something a touch more woodsy and whimsical? Choose a forest as your outdoor wedding venue. You’ll have to find a clearing or work your layout around the preexisting trees, shrubs, and flowers, but the effect is totally worth it. Nature reserves usually have the best forest wedding locations available, so we suggest looking into those first.
A backyard is the perfect spot for a cool and casual celebration. You’ll probably need to get your hands on some rental furniture and opt for a shorter guest list (unless, of course, you own a massive estate) but the end result can be really magical. As an added bonus, you’ll get to skip the venue cost, which is usually the most expensive wedding investment of them all.
If you want an indoor-outdoor wedding venue, look for an estate home or golf club with a sprawling lawn where you can set up a marquee tent. Due to their size (these lawns are usually quite large), they offer endless potential and can really make all of your wedding dreams come to life.
Head to a mountain wedding venue in Alberta or Whistler for a breathtaking open-air wedding ceremony at any time of year. Whether you host your ceremony on a mountaintop in winter or in a meadow in the summer, you and your guests are sure to enjoy the fresh mountain air, resort facilities and spectacular views.
Prefer an outdoor wedding reception venue in the heart of downtown? Look for a hotel, brewery, industrial space or restaurant with a patio – preferably on a rooftop! You'll get an urban vibe with the city skyline as your backdrop. They’ll also likely have a backup event space should the weather not cooperate.
Parks aren’t just for picnics, baseball games and dog walks - they make for great outdoor wedding venues, too. Because they’re public places, their rules and regulations need to be followed, which means you may have to skip the over-the-top decor and massive tent. Make sure you do some serious research and contact a city official before you start laying down any plans so that you know exactly what you’re in for.
If you love the water more than anything, a beach wedding venue will be right up your alley. While Canadian beaches don’t have the tropical flair of Bora Bora, they’re no less beautiful. If you’re super lucky, you’ll be able to find a restaurant, hotel or an estate home with beachfront access so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding. Either way, there’s nothing quite like saying your ‘I dos’ with the sand between your toes, so we say go for it.
Like the idea of a waterfront venue, but are looking for something totally different? Say your vows on the bough of a boat. It’s definitely far from a traditional option and is guaranteed to make your celebration memorable for everyone aboard. P.S. Unless you’re planning on chartering a huge yacht, there will definitely be size restraints, so you’ll want to keep your guest list short.
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