Q: Why can’t a Catholic be married outdoors?
A: Because the majority of priests are Irish, and we have very fair skin and burn very easily!
And now for the real answer.
That is that you can be married outside as long as the priest who is doing the ceremony gets permission from his Bishop. Let me quote from the Code of Canon Law (this is the book that has all the laws that govern the Catholic Church) “The local ordinary (the Bishop) can permit marriage to be celebrated in some other suitable place (other than a though of the Church, and the reason you need to get special permission is because marriage is a covenant with God. Therefore, we should be in His house when we promise to allow when people are dreaming (and planning) their wedding, everything is about how it looks, but it shouldn’t be the biggest part. The most important part of a wedding is the simplicity of two people standing before their family and friends, in the presence of God, saying, “I do.”