When choosing our venue, we considered a lot of things: location, scenery, what they had to offer, and how we felt there. One thing we didn’t really consider? The rain back-up plan.
An outdoor ceremony was important to us: we didn’t want to get married in a church, and other non-church indoor venues didn’t feel very “wedding-y” to us. Plus, we both like spending time outside when it’s nice out. But. What happens if it’s not so nice out? When we picked our venue we were in denial that the weather on our wedding day could be anything other than perfect, but now that we’re drawing ever closer, it’s starting to sink in that it could be pouring, muddy, and awful on our wedding day.
The wedding party will be under the cover of the pavilion during the ceremony. But our guests will be out in the open, with nothing to shield them from the elements. Keeping the ceremony outdoors during inclement weather is definitely not an option.
We’ll be nice and dry under there…while our guests get soaked in chairs on either side of the aisle / Personal photo
Hive, I’m just going to be straight with you: I really hate our venue’s rain back-up plan.
Like, it would be devastating to me if we had to use it. I know you’re going to say that on the day of it won’t matter, that all I’ll care about is marrying Mr. Wizard. And I know that that’s true, and I’ll live if we have to use it. But, seriously, we only get to do this wedding thing once. I want it to be nice, and to live up to what I picture in my head, which is an outdoor ceremony. We don’t get any do-overs, so if we have to use the rain back-up plan, I will never get married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. And that makes me sad.
The back-up plan is to set up the reception hall with a makeshift aisle in the center of the guest tables. The guests sit at their tables for the ceremony, and we get married up front…in front of the head table. So, basically, for all intents and purposes, we’d be getting married at our reception. The appetizers and buffet would be all set up. The guests would pick up their place cards and find their tables. Some of them would be facing at awkward angles to watch the ceremony, and some would be really far away. There would be no divide between ceremony and reception, no “grand entrance.” And the guests would all be there to watch us take the formal family photos after the ceremony.
It just seems so…cobbled-together. Last-minute. I would be fine with getting married inside if they had the option of setting up an actual ceremony space (rows of chairs for the guests, no tables, an arch/candles/something to denote the “altar”), and then have their crew move the furniture around during cocktail hour so that it’s set up for a reception when the guests come back in. But that’s not an option, because there would be nowhere for the guests to go while this was happening. The winery is basically one room (the banquet room), with a small, separate storefront at one end. And that storefront will be open doing regular business during our wedding. Our contract doesn’t include use of the storefront area, so it’s out of the question.
So, for now, I’ll hope and pray and plead with the weather gods to have a dry, sunny (or even just cloudy! I’ll take clouds!) day on our wedding day. Send us good-weather vibes, Hive, we’re going to need them.
Does anyone else’s venue have a similar rain back-up plan as ours, or has anyone been to a wedding where the ceremony took place inside the reception room without it being reset? What was it like? Was it weird? Be totally honest, I’ve never been to a wedding like that so I can’t picture it, and I want to know what to (possibly) expect.