Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a traditional, formal wedding. Or perhaps your tastes are more eclectic and you’d prefer to tie the knot in a way that reflects your independent spirit. It’s a big decision and can say a lot about a couple. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of different venues, from the traditional to the outdoorsy.

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a traditional, formal wedding. Or perhaps your tastes are more eclectic and you’d prefer to tie the knot in a way that reflects your independent spirit. It’s a big decision and can say a lot about a couple. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of different venues, from the traditional to the outdoorsy.

Traditional

Pros Getting married in a church, temple or other religious venue is of paramount importance for many faithful couples — and their families. Most elements about the ceremony will be predetermined, which some couples actually appreciate: no stressing over writing your own vows. A traditional reception at a banquet hall or ballroom will usually be easier to plan than at other venues — there are already tables set up, an elegant room, catering staff at the ready and usually an event coordinator to help.

Cons This kind of wedding may feel too traditional or formal for some. If you and your fiancé do not have a connection to a church, you may have a hard time having your wedding at one. Couples from very different religious traditions often find a traditional wedding unsuitable, preferring to blend elements from both faiths.

Outdoors

Pros The beauty of a scenic landscape as your wedding backdrop can’t be matched by an indoor venue. Outdoor weddings will usually yield beautiful pictures.

Cons Weather and bugs. A tent will shield you from a light rain but not a ground-soaking downpour. Unseasonably cold or hot temperatures make many outdoor weddings uncomfortable (there’s nothing like sweating in silk!). Consider acoustics in your plan; make sure your guests can hear your vows and music, not just waves crashing, for example. And remember that public parks and beaches are just that: public. You won’t be able to control shirtless gawkers, shrieking kids or unsavory characters that might happen by.

Home

Pros If you have a beautiful home — or a family member has a beautiful home — nothing could be more personal or unique. Home weddings are some of the most memorable.

Cons The larger the guest list, the more the potential complications increase. If you’re planning a wedding for more than a small, intimate crowd, you’ll probably need to rent tables, linens, dishes, silverware, maybe even a dance floor. Costs can add up fast. In addition, you’ll need to think about wheelchair accessibility and whether your bathroom facilities are adequate. (If not, consider renting portable bathrooms.) You’ll also need to figure out where guests will park, and who will clean up after the party is over.