Location, Location, Location!
Whatever ceremony location you choose, some essential things to consider are
Comfort and Safety
The comfort and safety of you and your guests. Consider how your guests will feel in the environment you have picked. For example; will Grandma feel able to walk with her walking frame on the beach? Will your sisters highly active children, be well beahved on the cliff? If you put yourself in the place of all your guests you will get an idea of their level of comfort and any safety issues to look for.
Consider the weather of the month that your wedding is being planned for. Is there likely to be great gusts of wind? How will this affect your decorations etc? Maybe it is highly likely to be extremely hot, then are there provisions to get guests into some shade? If not, maybe consider different options. There have been some lovely weddings where the guests are given parasols for the day.
It is unfortunate, but many times bad weather can affect your wedding plans. You need to have a back up plan, for that very reason. If in all your planning, a second wet weather option is organised, then you will have less stress on the day, because every possible outcome is taken into account and planned for. You may need to consider a second venue for this reason.
Open, Public Spaces
Many couples pick open, public spaces for a variety of reasons. This can make your day very special, however you will need to look into if you need a permit for that public space. The local council can give you this information along with issues around parking and time limits and even sound limits, etc.
When you are picking a venue, think of the ways that you are able to decorate at that spot. For example a beach wedding, you can create a lovely, intimate section by using small rocks as a border. There are many themes that can be used in many different types of venues.
Difficult to get to Area
If you are thinking of a difficult to get to venue, your guests would appreciate a map, and maybe a description of the area. This way they can decide what shoes to wear, etc. The guests would also need to know a rough time it may take to get to the ceremony area, and a start time, so that they are there in plenty of time. Anything to help your guests find it easier, makes for a lovely day by all!