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Courtyard Wedding Inspiration

June 27th, 2019 by Brittney Settlage

The distinct look of an outdoor wedding is desired by many, but often it is hard to find the perfect location. Many times, outdoor venues only provide the basic land and maybe one architectural focal point. Sometimes the dream of having a beautiful outdoor wedding is forgotten because the demands of planning something that you have to design from the ground up (literally) can be overwhelming. But what if you could have the best of both worlds with a courtyard wedding?

Why a Courtyard

A courtyard is an outdoor area that is enclosed by the walls of a surrounding building. This type of unconventional venue offers benefits that no other can imitate. Being enclosed means you will get protection from the wind and a sense of privacy without forfeiting fresh air, natural sunlight, and ambiance of an outdoor wedding.

Planning a Courtyard Wedding

When it comes to planning a large event there is a seemingly never-ending to-do list. Many courtyards have the bones to work off of in order to take much of the stress of planning go away. There will be a set location for your guests to park, a private restroom (we all hate port-o-potties!), and usually, they have experienced vendors that you can work with who know the venue well.

Where to Look

The Laguna Design Center is our favorite spot in the Orange County, California area to host courtyard events. It has multiple courtyards each with their own unique architectural style and theme. If you’re not in the Orange County area, however, no worries. We have a few tips that can help you find the best venue for your needs:

Do your research

Don’t look into venues until you have figured out the basics. In order to find a location that will suit your needs have a rough estimate on how many people are invited, the amount of space you will need if you are planning to have a dancefloor or other entertainment.

Talk to a Professional

Event Planners have a vast knowledge of available venues in your area. You could be missing out on some hidden gems. If you don’t already have a space in mind it is worth it to hire help. Having them to guide you and work towards finding your ideal space will save you a lot of time and energy.

Look Outside the Box

Many of the most beautiful venues have multiple functionalities. Check out your local country clubs, wineries, resorts or barns for inspiration and ask if they host events.

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