The Brides Up North Debate: Outside or In?

Brides Up North discuss pros and cons of indoor and outdoor weddings.

As the rules on where couples can and can’t say their ‘I dos’ have become more relaxed we’ve seen venue options for brides and grooms soar, with both indoor and outdoor options to choose from.

So how’s a girl (and guy) to choose? The time of the year will ultimately play a part as will how much effort and spends a couple want to put into the styling of the venue. Then there’s accommodation and catering to think about.

Keen to offer inspiration for all couples, Brides Up North Editor Julia Braime, and Features Editor Rachel Parry, discuss the appeal of two different big day styling and setting options – indoor elegance vs outdoor rustic…

Rachel, Brides Up North’s Feature’s Editor says: Indoor Elegance

I’m continuously impressed by couples’ ability to do their big day their way with celebrations that are both individual and inventive, and yet I always find myself drawn to the simple and timeless weddings that have more of a traditional vibe. For such an important occasion I also like the safety of the indoors. I’m the type of girl that visits the hairdressers on a clear sky, sunny day and yet always finds myself in a relentless downpour when I leave – for a wedding, I just don’t think I could take the risk.

A venue with lovely grounds for elements such as a drinks reception still appeals, though I like the idea of the majority of the proceedings taking place under cover. Just picture it – a beautifully decorated period venue with lots of natural light during the day and lit by romantic candlelight at night. A grand dining room with long tables anchored by stunning floral arrangements down the centre, interspersed with pillar candles and tea lights. And for all the fine-dining foodies, an elegant three-course meal with background music provided by a pianist or string quartet.

Overall the real beauty of an indoor wedding for me can be the convenience of on-site accommodation, which you don’t usually get when hosting a wedding outdoors. This is not only for the bonus of getting ready at the venue on the morning of the wedding, but also for guests to easily retire (stagger) to at the end of the night.

Julia, Brides Up North’s Founder & Editor-In-Chief says: Outdoor Rustic

I’ve always been an “indoor kinda girl”, generally preferring five star boutique hotels to camping or glamping. So, when it came to my wedding day, I followed suit, and it was indoor luxury all the way. Although I wouldn’t change anything about my own big day, I’ve recently found my head turned by other types of celebration, and have felt the distinct draw of the great outdoors.

Firstly, the huge sailcloth and tipi tents available for your outdoor wedding are not akin to the thin, freezing tents that stuck to my face during my Duke of Edinburgh days (enough to put me off hiking for life!). These are warm and weatherproof structures that are great in all weathers – cool in the summer, warm in the winter – and withstand even the most horrid weather conditions. Fun and fabulous, these tents add a stylish and different edge to your wedding celebration before it even starts.

Secondly, with an outdoor wedding comes loads of additional space for quirky extras like garden games, styling details, vintage caravan photo booths and even huge white bouncy castles. What’s not to love?

And don’t even get me started on the dining options. For those looking for a relaxed rustic celebration, forget about a formal sit down meal and bring in the pop-up street food providers – from stone baked pizzas and fish and chips to cool tapas dishes, the possibilities are endless. Oh and don’t forget the prosecco van!

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