A wedding in a country setting can be beautiful. Options can include meadows, mountains, fields, lake shores, a ranch or barn wedding, or botanical gardens. It is important to make sure any venue selected can accommodate the needs of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and all expected guests. If the ceremony will be outside, chairs will be needed. Ask about decor options before booking the venue. If a formal affair is planned, for example, basic folding chairs will not be sufficient. If an outside planner, caterer, or photographer has to be hired, double check that the venue will have a kitchen available, easy access via vehicle for cameras, lighting, and tripods, and a small private meeting space for last minute discussions or changes to be coordinated.
Comfort is another detail that cannot be overlooked. Many outdoor or country settings have portable toilets for people to use, and no indoor option if the weather gets cold, rainy, or windy. If that is fine with the couple and guests, then there is no problem at all. Some are willing to compromise on modern conveniences to have the setting they want for their special day. If that might present an issue, double check the details regarding facilities. Some settings, like hotels homestead
, for example, have full bathrooms, a heated indoor space in addition to the outdoor space, and a full kitchen for the caterer to use.
Travel plans and rooms for guests from away have to be considered as well when planning a venue for an outdoor wedding. If rooms are not available at the actual venue, check to see what is available in the immediate vicinity. A local hotel, a bed and breakfast, or even friends or family members with additional space, may be needed for traveling guests. Some venues in the country do have some rooms available. The Homestead
Farm Resort has a number of rooms available in a cottage
setting, and a small motel. Those options are also convenient for the bride and groom on their wedding night.
One last thing to keep in mind when selecting a venue is total cost. A wedding in the country can be as simple, or as extravagant, as desired, just be sure to manage the budget. All the vendors can add up quickly if the couple is not paying attention. Compare local vendors, compare rental costs for venues, and keep track of expenses. That will avoid surprises when it comes to costs.