One of the biggest decisions a couple has to make is choosing between an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Whether you two see yourselves getting married in an absolute gem! or exquisite ballroom, you should first consider the advantages and disadvantages of each setting. Here, find out the pros and cons of indoor and outdoor weddings, then determine which is right for your day.

This decision will affect the photography greatly, but this isn’t the most important factor you will need to take into account. You should choose a setting that has a special meaning to you and your loved one. Your budget will be another important factor that will determine your ceremony venue.

Photography-wise, there are pros and cons to every type of wedding, so be sure to take them into account.

Indoor Wedding Ceremony Pros:

  • Interesting backgrounds (especially in a church)
  • No dependence on weather
  • Controlled lighting

Indoor Wedding Ceremony Cons:

  • Poor lighting
  • Limited space
  • Limited backgrounds

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Pros:

  • Great views
  • Natural light
  • Good weather

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Cons:

  • No control over lighting
  • Bad weather

Mistakes to Avoid |Ceremony Lighting

There are no second chances for taking great shots during the ceremony, so it’s important to plan it with your photographer in mind. The most important factor is the lighting. Professional equipment can help get around the issues caused by low light in churches, but some other venues, and outdoor weddings in particular, present a challenge even for top notch cameras.

To make sure you get some remarkable pictures of the ceremony, you should know what to avoid:

Backlit venues.

No amount of lighting equipment will be able to help take incredible pictures of a naturally backlit ceremony. If you aren’t sure about how to arrange the venue, especially one that is outdoors, consult your photographer in advance and discuss the time of the day when the ceremony will take place. This way, you will be able to choose the perfect setting.  You usually see this type of setting at a late ceremony at the beach if you are on the west coast.

Noon ceremonies.

The light is highly challenging at this time and makes taking great shots almost impossible. In fact, you should avoid noon shoots in general as the glaring sun isn’t conducive for beautiful pictures, even with additional photo equipment that helps soften the effect.


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