Indoor vs Outdoor wedding

Indoor or Outdoor Wedding: : Deciding on the right choice for you

Always dreamed of an intimate summer wedding outside? Or maybe a romantic candlelit indoor wedding.

At Silverstream Retreat we cater for both indoor and outdoor weddings, our elegant Boardwalk Garden makes a magical backdrop for any wedding, with a rustic gazebo overlooking the bush and river below. The Boardwalk complex is an indoor venue which incorporates a foyer and café area with beautiful stone fireplace and rustic furniture, and Rafters Room with natural wood rafters, a state-of -the-art multimedia screen, lighting and audio equipment. The Pillars Room is an indoor venue with bi-fold doors opening out onto a deck and outdoor courtyard, perfect if you want both indoor and outdoor options.

Deciding on the right choice for your wedding is important, whether you have your wedding indoors or out, it is worth considering the pros and cons of each option. We’ve found a great list of pros and cons which may help in your decision making. If you have any questions about how Silverstream Retreat can cater for your indoor or outdoor wedding contact us today.


Outdoor Wedding

PRO: Little Décor Necessary – Pretty flowers, rolling hills, elegant gardens, and greenery aplenty – a scenic outdoor ceremony doesn’t require a lot of flourish to make it spectacular.

CON: Lighting Limitations –  Depending on the time of day, shadows and overhanging trees and brush could make it a challenge for your photographer and videographer to get good pictures. Keep in mind it’s always a good idea to take a walk-thru beforehand at the same time of the day you plan to have your wedding.

Indoor Wedding

PRO: More Family Friendly – Keeping a toddler or a 10-year-old engaged and occupied is much easier to do outside than it is in a restricted indoor space. From blowing bubbles to hula hoop and kite lessons for the kiddies, ALL your guests will have a great time when Mother Nature plays host on your wedding day.

CON: The Weather – While we’d all love a crystal ball, the simple fact of the matter is that having a wedding outside is a gamble. You just can’t anticipate rain, high winds, or sweltering heat when planning something up to a year in advance. If you’re worried about any of these things ruining your perfect day, choose a venue that offers an indoor space to accommodate guests if inclement weather does strike.

All-in all, it’s entirely your day and you can make the most of it with these helpful considerations for whichever venue you choose!

Ideas to inspire your homemade wedding decorations

We all now weddings can be expensive and we’re always looking for ways to ‘keep the costs down’. Incorporating handmade items into weddings has become growing trend over the last few years and sometimes you just want something that doesn’t exist in the stores.

Inspired by the recent Handmade Expo in Wellington we thought we’d put together a collection of handmade wedding decor ideas to inspire.

Ideas for handmade wedding decor are virtually endless, from bunting and banners to paper lanterns and string chandeliers. One of our favourites is painted wooden signboards for directions and seating assignments. You can even go as far as arranging your own flowers, with a few simple materials such as glass preserving jar and a bit of lace.

Flower Arrangements

pink-wedding-centerpiecesCredit: Once Wed

Floral Centrepiece

Wedding-Flower-CenterpiecesCredit: 161 Studio

Paper Lanterns


Credit: Tanja Lippert

Photo Prop

wallpaper-backdrop-mwd107819_vertCredit:Tanja Lippert Photography

Fabric Bunting

homemade_bunting_weddingsCredit: Morgan Trinker

String Chandeliers

diy-modern-wedding-ideas-10Credit: Wednesday Custom Design


Useful Links

Style Me Pretty – DIY Projects
One Wedding – DIY
Pinterest Board – DIY Wedding Decor
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