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Choosing an outdoor wedding venue can create a unique and beautiful setting for your special day, but it also comes with its own set of pros and cons.  We have conducted numerous weddings in our outdoor venues. We have consolidated all our learnings into this detailed blog to help you make an informed decision:

Outdoor Wedding Venues: The Pros 


Natural beauty and scenic backdrops

One of the most captivating things about doing an outdoor wedding is the breathtaking natural surroundings such as gardens, beaches, and scenic landscapes that create a visually stunning backdrop for your wedding ceremony. At Grande Bay Resort and Spa, we offer three outdoor wedding venue options that can be curated in any way you want.


  1. Horizon by the Sea: Ideal for an intimate beach wedding with the beautiful backdrop of the ocean waves. And if the weather does not cooperate with your beach plans, then there is a 6000 sq ft. state-of-the-art, air-conditioned banquet hall with a seating capacity of up to 800.
  2. Grande Pavilion: Provides a magnificent indoor air-conditioned hall and an outdoor setting with picturesque lush green lawns surrounded by coconut trees that are perfect for your wedding celebrations or any other events throughout the year.  
  3. Citrus Garden: This perfect outdoor venue offers the ultimate setting for pre-wedding events or a large reception. It doubles as a popular venue for Hindu weddings, as it is close to the ancient Mukundanayar temple.

Customized Wedding Decor

In an outdoor setting, you have the flexibility to curate and decorate the space however you want. Whether you want to add personalized lighting elements to your wedding decor or have customized backdrops for your themed wedding ceremony, you can do it all. At Grande Bay Resort and Spa, you have the freedom to curate your outdoor wedding venue the way you want.

Make the space your own

Outdoor wedding venues offer versatility – they can be customized to your requirements based on the guest list, event format, weather and the time of the day.

From outdoor sangeets and luxurious long tables, to intimate beachside vows and reception parties, we can make everything happen in a grand, understated luxurious or even a simply elegant manner. At Grande Bay, be it Horizon by the Sea, Grand Pavilion or Citrus Garden, you have the flexibility to plan activities of any kind.  

Nature at its best

Nothing beats the beauty of nature when it comes to Insta-worthy locations! The beach, gardens, lawns and the open sky – Grande Bay provides all this and more.
The outdoor settings, Horizon by the Sea and Citrus Garden, at Grande Bay Resort and Spa provide you with luxurious gardens and stunning sea views. The indoor setting, Grande Pavilion, is equally good with a fully air-conditioned ambience that also gives you the perfect blend of classic and modern touch that you are looking to add to your wedding. 

Experiences to Savour

Outdoor wedding venues offer an opportunity to bring to life your dream setting. Be it a reception under the stars or a celebration by the beach, Grande Bay Resort and Spa can create unique experiences for you and your guests.


Outdoor Wedding Venues: The Cons


Unpredictable Weather

One of the major drawbacks of opting for an outdoor wedding venue is the unpredictability of the weather. It can disrupt all your plans and make things inconvenient for the guests making the wedding experience a logistical nightmare. For such situations, Grande Bay Resort and Spa provides a few contingency options: Grande Pavilion, a fully air-conditioned indoor hall; Horizon by the Sea offers a 5,500 sq. ft. air-conditioned banquet hall with a high ceiling and indoor seating capacity of over 500 (theatre style).

Managing your logistics

Additional logistics such as restrooms, flooring, and lighting will have to be carefully considered when you are looking at outdoor wedding venues. The effort that needs to be put in to figure out the logistics is usually less in an indoor setting.
Be it an indoor setting or an outdoor wedding venue, Grande Bay Resort and Spa makes it easy by taking complete charge of it all with their team of experienced wedding planner partners. 

Limited Accessibility

Some might find it difficult to access outdoor venues, especially elderly people. Remote locations and rough terrains can be challenging to navigate. Grande Bay Resort and Spa is located in the heart of the city making it easily accessible from any part of the city.


An outdoor wedding is a great opportunity to enjoy a lavish, destination wedding. While it can be a magical and memorable experience, it also poses challenges that need to be overcome with proper planning and foresight, as mentioned above. At Grande Bay Resort and Spa, Mahabalipuram, you will have the opportunity to curate your perfect wedding day without any hassle.