Outdoor vs. Indoor Weddings: Which Option is Better for You?

Choosing the location of your wedding is one of the biggest and most important first decisions you’ll have to make in the early planning stages. And one of the first issues you’ll have to address is whether you want the wedding to take place inside or outside, and this can be a tough decision. If you don’t already have a dream venue picked out and are trying to decide where to host your wedding, here’s what you need to know about having an outdoor vs indoor wedding.

Winner for Weather Conditions: Indoor

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One of the main advantages that an indoor wedding has over an outdoor one is that the weather doesn’t matter. It could be perfectly sunny or raining up a storm, and it wouldn’t matter: your wedding plans wouldn’t be affected in the slightest. Moreover, that also means you can hold your wedding whenever you want, including in the dead of winter or the unbearable heat of the summer months. With an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, you’re at the mercy of the forecast, and you’ll want to have a contingency plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Winner for Space: Outdoor

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One of the great things about outdoor spaces is that you don’t have to worry about square footage, and that means you can invite as many people as you want and you won’t have to worry about being cramped or not having enough room for everything you want to do. Indoor venues always have a maximum capacity, and that means you may have to cut people from your list.

Winner for Cost: Both

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Indoor and outdoor weddings sometimes have different but comparable costs associated with them. With an indoor wedding you’ll have to pay for the venue, for instance, but with an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to pay for supplies like chairs, tables, lighting, and other furniture, accessories, and maybe even a tent. With both types, however, you’ll need to pay for food, decorations, flowers, and other standard wedding costs.

Winner for Environmental Controls: Indoor

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Like with the weather, there are many environmental factors that you can’t control during an outdoor wedding, and that includes things like the temperature, bugs, noise from other people, and more. None of these is an issue during indoor weddings because they are protected, climate controlled, and private.

Winner for Scenery: Outdoor

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Any indoor wedding venue can be beautiful and personalized, but there’s something about getting married in a garden, meadow, park, or other outdoor space that can’t be beaten. No amount of décor or lighting could compete with a sunset wedding on a white sand beach, a morning ceremony on the dewy grass, an evening reception under the stars, and the other incredible elements of natural beauty that are present at outdoor weddings.

 

Indoor and outdoor weddings both have their pros and cons, and what it really comes down to is the type of person you are and the kind of wedding you want. It’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, but ultimately the decision will come down to the look, feel, ambiance, and style you want for your special day.

 

 

 

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Vintage Wedding Trends That Are Coming Back

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Popular wedding ideas come and go just like any other trend, but like other trends, they also tend to come back after a certain amount of time. Right now, for instance, there are plenty of vintage wedding ideas that are making their way back into modern marriage ceremonies, and this includes certain fabrics, dress styles, accent materials, and more. To help make your biggest day even more extraordinary, here are some great wedding ideas from days gone by that you can incorporate into your planning.

 

Classic Dresses

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There’s something to be said for classic beauty and, thanks in part to Kate Middleton, this idea is making a hard comeback in modern wedding dresses. These features include 40s and 50s inspired trends like lace, embroidery, A-line cuts, traditional veils, and even dresses with full sleeves.

 

Pearls

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Knowing how there’s a shift back to the classic dresses of the mid-nineteenth century, it may come as no surprise that couples are incorporating pearls into the wedding décor a lot more than in the past few years. This décor includes wearing them as jewelry, draping strands over tables and centrepieces, and replacing regular beads with pearls in vase decorations.

 

Velvet Dresses, Suits, Furniture, and Accents

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Take a look at any wedding that’s happened this year, and there’s a good chance you’ll see some traces of this vintage fabric. Whether it’s the bride’s dress, the groom’s jacket, the furniture, or perhaps even the table runner, velvet has been making cameo appearances at an increasing number of weddings lately.

 

The Use of Metal

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Baroque was an artistic and architectural style that was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and this (very) vintage style has been making a comeback at many modern weddings. You’ll notice the baroque inspiration with the inclusion of ornate metal décor and accent pieces, lavish metallic prints and frostings, and overall allusions to grandeur.

 

Disco Balls

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Although disco balls weren’t necessarily a wedding trend in the 1970s, they certainly were popular in clubs and bars back in the day. These days, couples are bringing the fun and thrill of the disco to their wedding receptions by illuminating spaces with multiple disco balls to bring a little sparkle and glitter to the dance floor.

 

Art Deco Wedding Accents

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Art Deco was an artistic style popular in the 20s and 30s, and it has been rearing its head again in the form of modern wedding accents, such as using marble and mirrors on tables, black and white colour schemes, and jewellery and accents that feature bright gems, contrasting patterns, and lots of geometrical shapes. Think The Great Gatsby, and you’ll be on the right track.

 

There are many vintage wedding ideas from decades past that are making their way back into the weddings of today. Along with fabric ideas like lace and velvet, some other vintage ideas you might want to consider are Art Deco or Baroque inspirations, a return to classic wedding dress styles, and maybe even something fun and exciting like bringing the 70s back to life for your special night.

5 Outdoor Wedding Venues

 

If you’re starting to plan your wedding now, and are looking for unique, and budget friendly venue options, then you must have considered an outdoor venue! There are so many to choose from, and with all the beautiful landscapes here in Ontario, who wouldn’t want an outdoor wedding? It’s a unique way to bring new life to a traditional wedding! Here are our 5 favourite Outdoor Wedding Venues!

#1 – Parkwood Estate

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One of the best features at Parkwoods Estate, other than the estate itself, is the grounds. With gorgeous gardens and a huge water feature, it is definitely one of the most picturesque places on our list. The most popular spot for our tents is right beside the fountain. The grounds and Estate might look familiar as they were used in many movies, including; Billy Madison, X-Men, Chicago, and Amelia to name a few.

Check out Parkwood’s at http://www.parkwoodestate.com/weddings/wedding-ceremonies-receptions/.

 

#2 – Nestleton Water’s Inn  

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We have been working with Nestleton Waters Inn for many years and it is definitely one of our employee’s favourites. With the beautiful pond and large wedding tent, the grounds make the perfect setting for a romantic wedding. It’s also very convenient if you’re having overnight guests, as there is a gorgeous Inn on site!

Check out Nestleton Water Inn at http://www.nestletonwatersinn.com/wedding.

#3 – Herongate Barn and Dinner Theatre

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Herongate Barn and Dinner Theatre, is a unique location to have an outdoor wedding. Not only is it ideal for a Country inspired wedding, but they also offer a great live theatre experience. The indoor theatre also provides a great backup plan in case of rain. Herongate also offers a beautiful outdoor area, where you can set up; tables, chairs and even a tent!

Check out Herongate Barn and Dinner Theatre at http://www.herongate.com/weddings/.

#4 – Pathways at Pleasure Valley

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This hidden gem is located on the back property of Pathways and has many unique features including; a chalet for indoor events, a large outdoor area for tenting, and horseback riding trails. It’s the perfect place for a country chic wedding.

Check out Pathways at Pleasure Valley at http://pleasurevalley.com/event-venue/.

#5 – Carver’s Cottage

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Carver’s Cottage is truly a beautiful outdoor venue. Owners, Luke and Sandi, have done an amazing job creating a picturesque ceremony area by the water. They even have a little bridal cottage for the lucky bride to get ready in. With the water behind you and your guests in front of you, it’s the perfect place to say “I Do”.

Check out The Carver’s Cottage at http://www.thecarverscottage.com/our-story.html.

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