Who’ll Stop The Rain?

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.


Mrs. Wizard

Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    kmnowlan 207 posts, Helper bee @ 1:17 pm

    @39bride- I’m sorry for your loss. I think you have beautiful perspective. While I’ll admit, I was very worried it would rain on our wedding day, I agree with you that marrying your best friend is what is important. Thanks for bringing us all back to what is really important on our big days!

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    kikigurl 172 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:09 pm

    I was just married on March 24th. My ceremony was on the beach and the reception on the pavilion overlooking the ocean under the stars….it didn’t happen. It was gorgeous all week leading up to my wedding day. Heck it was gorgeous all morning leading up to my ceremony and the radar showed small spots here and there but nothing to make us say lets go indoors. So we set it all up and everything was ready to go… I put on my dress I had less than an hour and I see the dark clouds roll in. I looked at the radar it seems those small spots clumped together and made a big cell. Then down came the rain. I didn’t cry I kept saying it will be fine they are moving everything…I really didn’t know what was going on my coordinator was handling it. Then I called my now husband who was hanging out with the guys and as soon as I heard his voice I couldn’t keep the tears from coming. It was heartbreaking all the hardwork I did was destroyed by the rain. I did end up having the ceremony outside under the gazebo when the rain let up after an hour and sun shined again. The day was dry and beautiful from then on. I got my pictures on the beach it turned out fine. My decor was ruined and the reception was moved indoors but I got over it. I saw how much fun everyone was having I just didn’t care anymore. It all worked out. So my advice is go with what you want and even if it doesn’t turn out perfect just know it will be okay. Good luck and best wishes to you and all the brides out there :)

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    Sparkle030 196 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:01 am

    when is the wedding. ive tried to find your wedding date and i cant!

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