Flowers, cakes, dresses, shoes, invitations – planning a wedding can be overwhelming but once you have the venue sorted, the rest usually falls into place. In Melbourne, we are spoilt for choice, from wineries to farms, beaches and ballrooms there’s so many options available to host your dream wedding so how do you choose the perfect venue for your special day? One of the first steps to take is to decide between an indoor or outdoor wedding venue, so here are a few things to consider when making your choice.

Outdoor Wedding Venue

Outdoor weddings are very on trend at the moment, there’s something magical about being outside in a picturesque setting when saying ‘I do’. There are a few advantages to having a wedding outdoors.

An outdoor wedding usually comes with a stunning backdrop on its own. Whether it’s lush gardens, cascading mountains, or a beautiful beach, you can be sure that an outdoor wedding will have a beautiful setting. As the beautiful scenery and of course, the bridal party, will be centre of attention, lots of extra decorations usually aren’t required, saving you money. An outdoor wedding venue allows you to keep things simple, which can mean a more affordable wedding for you.

Another advantage to an outdoor wedding involves children. If you are choosing to have kids at your wedding, an outdoor wedding venue may be more family-friendly and accommodating to children than an indoor venue. Being outdoors gives off a more casual vibe, there’s a breeze and plenty to look at so children may feel less cooped up and have space to run around.

On the other hand, there are some disadvantages to an outdoor wedding. Unfortunately, weather can be incredibly unpredictable, especially in Melbourne. The chance of rain, wind and cool temperatures is always a risk no matter what season it is, and on the contrary, too much sun and heat can also play a factor in the comfort of your guests.

Another downside to having an outdoor wedding may be the lack of modern wedding conveniences such as lighting and sound systems. Although there’s always a good chance the lighting could be perfect, there’s a greater chance that it won’t be. Too much sun or too many clouds can cause glare or dullness which may play a huge role in the quality of your wedding photos. Portable sound systems may not give the sound quality you desire and the openness of the space may make it difficult to control the acoustics.

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Indoor Wedding

Whilst the popularity of outdoor weddings is on the rise, there’s a lot to be said for an indoor wedding. Indoor weddings allow you to be prepared for unpredictable weather, so even if nature isn’t kind to you on your big day, your wedding will still be stunning and you won’t need to worry about the comfort of yourself or your guests. In Melbourne, where it can be four seasons in one day, an indoor wedding is the best way to ensure you are prepared for any conditions.

An indoor space lets you choose be creative with decorations. You get to choose your backdrop, aisle flowers, overhangs, and more without the worry of your decorations becoming damaged by the outside weather. This will allow you to perfect your theme and execute all your creative ideas.

The lighting is also much easier to manage ensuring the perfect ambience is set throughout the event. This will certainly help your photographer to create flawless images of your day.

There may be a few downsides to an indoor wedding. Seat limitations can become an issue if you’re planning on having a large number of guests. Additionally, the closed space can become chaotic for your photographer attempting to capture all the moments. Expense can also be a downfall based on the additional cost of décor if you need extra decorations and flowers to execute your theme.

Regardless of whether you want an outdoor or indoor wedding venue, your wedding day should be the best day of your life and a day you will never forget. If you can’t decide between indoor or outdoor, then why choose? At Merrimu Receptions, our venue allows you to have the best of both worlds with stunning manicured gardens for your wedding ceremony and the choice of two grand ballrooms for the reception of your dreams. For more information on weddings at Merrimu contact us on 9568 1811 or complete our online form.


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