April 1, 2011

Indoor Vs. Outdoor New Orleans Wedding

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anthony Lala @ 1:51 pm

So you’ve chosen the ideal date for your wonderful New Orleans destination wedding and are beginning to imagine all the breathtaking things you can have at your wedding. As a New Orleans wedding planner, one of the biggest debates I’ve noticed is whether to have it indoors or outdoors. If you’re currently asking yourself if you should have your wedding indoors or outdoors, here are some tips to help you decide.


Simply answering the question “when will the wedding be?” will usually help make the decision easier. If you’re having the wedding at the height of winter in a notoriously cold and snowy area, then it’s probably not a great idea to have it outdoors. In New Orleans, while it does get cold sometimes in the winter, the real weather to monitor is the heat. During summer, the heat and humidity can rise to uncomfortably high levels. Unless you and your guests are largely used to the heat and humidity of summer, it’s a good idea to keep it indoors with air conditioning.

Cost and Accommodations

Of course, like every other wedding decision that must be made comes cost considerations. One type of wedding does not necessarily cost more or less than the other. What you do have to account for is the price of the locations you’re considering. Since you’ve already set your budget, you should select the type that matches best with your budget.

You may also have to make sure that the outdoor or indoor venue can accommodate any additional things you might be having. For example, if you’re having your wedding reception outdoors, you might also have a live wedding band, which will need an ample source of power to plug in equipment. For indoor weddings, lighting is an important thing to take into account.

Ceremony outdoors, reception indoors?

There’s no rule that says you have to have the ceremony and reception at the same place. You could easily have the ceremony outdoors in the sweet New Orleans air and have the reception indoors away from the elements of nature. This can also be reversed. I’ve had clients who want to have the ceremony inside a church, but then want to take the reception outdoors where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds.

Follow your dreams

I constantly advise my clients to follow their dreams. You should never have any regrets about your wedding ceremony or reception. If you’ve always pictured yourself getting married in the cool evening outside or having guests mingle in a beautifully decorated banquet hall, follow your dreams and trust your instincts. You’ll find yourself extremely satisfied with your New Orleans destination wedding if you have it in the setting you want.

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