How to choose a wedding ceremony site

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Outdoor wedding in a park

Public parks may be a good option for those who want to hold their ceremony outdoors but want to remain close to the city, especially if the reception venue is located nearby (after all, most privately owned nature spots are generally located outside the city limits and would add to travel time on your wedding day).

Also, if you are not comfortable with the entire negotiation process, this is a good option as the fees are non-negotiable. Most other pros and cons listed under the previous point apply here as well. Few things to note, however:

  1. Public parks generally have more stringent rules and policies than private properties. For instance, alcohol use on-premises is prohibited, public attendant during the ceremony is required (you would be required to pay an additional fee to this person), amplified sound may not be allowed, etc.
  2. Public park use fees are generally higher than those negotiated (starting at $100 per hour with a 2 or 3 hour required minimum).
  3. Parks remain open to the general public at all times, so you may end up with unwanted audience looking in on your ceremony from the sidelines.

Summary: outdoor weddings in a park

Pros: romantic and creative ceremony (some restrictions apply :) ), beautiful surroundings, large audience capacities (depending on the park)

Cons: religious ceremony may not be possible, park remains open to public, alcohol use prohibited, may be expensive