When a bride asks about ideas for a non-traditional wedding site, before we offer suggestions, we ask how flexible she is. Planning a wedding at an outdoor site requires arranging two sites. One is the prime location and the other is the alternate. The weather has been known to ruin many original plans. Don’t let that discourage you from having the wedding you want, but do have backup plans in place.
An outdoor site can be a perfect spot for those of different religious faiths. It is a perfect choice for couples who love the outdoors or have families with extensive gardens or grounds. Often outdoor sites are less expensive than closed venues.
The intimate setting of a chapel, beach, park or backyard offers the freedom to add personal touches to the ceremony. The location choice will set the theme for your wedding celebration and once selected make many subsequent choices easier. Canopies, tents and gazebos may be rented and needed.
Once you have secured plan A and plan b, other plans and decisions will flow more easily. Decorations, food, refreshments, entertainment and guest list will all be governed by the location decisions you have made. It is good to have another viewpoint and advice on the unusual celebration you have in mind.