Top 10 Reasons for an Outdoor Wedding

It may be difficult to imagine having an outdoor wedding when it’s cold and rainy outside but for those brides who definitely want a summer wedding, this can be a fabulous way to celebrate “the big day” with family and friends!

Here in the Cowichan Valley, we’ve got it all: flower filled gardens, rolling green hillsides, primeval forest, rocky or sandy beaches, picturesque vineyards, country casual farms, and mountain tops with panoramic views. If you can dream it up, we’ve probably got it.

Here are the top 10 reasons to plan an outdoor wedding.

1. Natural Beauty

They don’t call us “Super, Natural British Columbia” for nothing! The stunning natural beauty of this area provides endless opportunities for your photographer to capture the perfect moments you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

2. More Space

Outdoor weddings offer more space for your guests. Large or small you won’t have to cut down your guest list to fit an inside venue’s space allowance. Your guests won’t feel cramped or overcrowded and they’ll enjoy socializing in a more relaxed and open environment.

3. A Chance to Personalize

Unique settings give you more opportunities to personalize your wedding making your day truly your own. A forest fairy tale? A romantic European vineyard feel? Toes in the sand beach chic? You choose the colours, decor, and seating arrangements to suit your taste, style, and budget.

4. A Relaxed Atmosphere

Not comfortable in a formal setting? Prefer bare feet on the beach over stilettos in the ballroom? An outdoor wedding is a great way to create a relaxed and easy atmosphere for your day. The fresh air, picturesque environment, and open space can help everyone to feel happier and more relaxed. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration than a formal event.

5. More Flexibility

Outdoor weddings offer more flexibility when it comes to your schedule. You won’t have to worry about strict venue rules about decor or time restrictions. You can choose the time of day so take your vows at sunset and dance the night away under the fairy lights in the trees if that’s your dream.

6. More Privacy

Prefer an intimate celebration with your nearest and dearest? Outdoor weddings can provide that private, cozy venue you’ve been looking for. With fewer people, less noise, and less traffic, you and your guests can relax in a peaceful and secluded setting, making your wedding feel more special and exclusive.

7. A Chance to Explore

Whether it’s taking a romantic walk through a garden, strolling along the beach, or exploring a beautiful park, an outdoor wedding can be a chance to enjoy and experience nature.

8. More Fun and Activities

With more space and flexibility, outdoor weddings can offer more opportunities for fun and activities for your guests. Are kids coming to the wedding? From lawn games to photo booths, outdoor weddings can provide a range of entertainment options that can make your wedding day even more memorable.

9. More Natural Lighting

Dreaming of a sunset wedding? Natural lighting can make for incredible wedding photos. The soft, natural light of the sun can help to create a romantic and dreamy atmosphere that can make your wedding photos truly stunning.

10. Unforgettable Memories

Finally, an outdoor wedding can create unique moments in time that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime. The stunning natural surroundings, relaxed atmosphere, and unique experiences can make your wedding day truly unforgettable, and create memories that you’ll treasure for years to come.

No matter the size of the wedding, your personal style, and the budget, an outdoor wedding can be the perfect venue.