Post # 1
Not sure if we started a board like this but I am curious about everyone’s ceremonies. Are you doing something inside or outside? If outside whats your rain plan? What will you do if its super hot?
We are getting married in a banquet hall at this ski resort. There is a beautiful outside spot with nice views on the property (still need a shuttle) that we wanted to have the ceremony. However we have no rain option. Our only option is the cocktail hour space which I really don’t want mainly because we have a 1.5 hour gap in between the end of the ceremony and cocktail hour so guests would come, leave, then come back to the same place which seems silly.
There is a chapel (non denominational) on the property but we would have to pay for both spots to hold them even though we would only use one and wouldn’t get our money back.
So in the end I am debating if we should just use the chapel? Its has a beautiful view out the back window looking at the ski mountain (FI wanted a view). I just can’t decide because outside is much prettier and its VT so nature is kind of the big thing. Any suggestions, help and also what your doing would be great!
Post # 3
I’m a July 2013 bride, but maybe I can help!
One of the biggest things for me was that I wanted to get married outside. I’m not a traditional church type of person and so this was extremely important. However, I am very well aware of the fact that rain is unpredictable. Everywhere I went, I had to be happy with the rain plan just as much as I would be with the “regular” plan. I am also concerned about blazing heat and making my guests uncomfortable.
With that being said, we also had to pay the deposit to use the a “back up room” and I think its worth it. The rain plan that comes with the our rental is simply a ball room, but there was also the option for the beautiful pavillion. Definitely I think worth the money so that we’re comfortable in whatever situation we end up with. I dont want to be upset from moment 1 becasue its raining and my day is “ruined”
Hope that helped!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
A while ago someone posted on the bee this link that can forecast what the weather will be like: http://theweatherwiz.com/forcast-usa.php
I don’t know how accurate it truly is, but it may help you make your decision! My ceremony is outdoors and we do have a rain backup that the venue has already planned for. Personally I did not have a preference either way, but I do think that depending on the sky of course, an outdoor venue can be much more beautiful. If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony and August is not the “rainy season” in your area, I say just go for it!
Also, umbrellas and rain can make for some wonderful whimsical pictures 😉
Post # 5
We’re doing an indoor ceremony because it was important to FI to get married in his church. I feel like there are too many things that can go wrong with outdoor ceremonies for me to consider them (too hot, too cold, to windy, rain, thunder/lightening). Depending on the state it could be nice though. I’m just too much of a worrier to do it. I do like the advice NVACat posted about liking the backup plan as much as the outdoor plan.
Post # 6
If it were up to me, i would have picked an outdoor wedding in the spring. But FI is catholic and a teacher so it’s an indoor summer wedding. 🙂 But you know – I think it may be for the best. Everything is indoors and air conditioned. I won’t have to worry as much.
Post # 7
we will be having an outdoor ceremony in august 2013. if its anything like this year it will be blazing hot out. our back up rain plan is a small second building on the same property (free with our depoist)
the only issue i have is it being too hot out ( but the ceremony is only 15-30 minutes long) then our reception will also be outdoors.
Post # 8
We are having an outdoor wedding if it rains we will go in the barn where the reception is. We will also be providing fans for guesta and it won’t be a long ceremony.
Post # 9
@NVACat: That is a really good point. It would be pretty pricey if we had to pay for both locations (indoor and outdoors) plus chairs so I don’t know if that is an option.
@elysion: Thanks for sharing, that is a pretty cool site. Unfortunately it says some rain on our day. So I am hoping its lying. I kinda think I deserve a nice day, my college graduation was outside in the pouring rain and my family and I sat through the whole thing. I deserve a break, lol.
@koi424: I know what you mean about teachers. My FI is one too so we went with summer instead of a Fall Wedding.
After feeling this heat wave I might be leaning towards the majority who said indoors. It way less to worry about. I have to go check out the chapel and if its pretty I might be willing to compromise. Our ceremony won’t be too long either however my dress is pretty heavy and 5 mins in 90 degree weather I will be covered in sweat!
@soon.to.be.mrs.odom: The barn sounds pretty cool. Do you have any pictures?
Post # 10
I am crazy at this point I dont have a Rain plan… AHHH but we have been looking into getting a tent but with all the prices of rentals and everything adding up I may have to go from family property to an actual venue… But the Venue I would want does have a back up plan (in form of a tent)
Post # 11
@MsPanda: I know we are looking into a tent as well…but when you have a lot of guests it is seriously pricy! We are also considering just renting a venue now…ahhh can’t decide! I’ve always wanted outdoor but it is seriously a lot of work.
Post # 12
@kkish3: It definitely does seem like a lot of work for outside. Its great if you can pull it off but sucks if you can’t. Where is your first choice for the wedding? A family property too?
@MsPanda: I have heard renting a venue in the end might be cheaper because all the rental costs add up quickly. One good thing is you have time on your side but a rain option is probably a good idea especially since the whole wedding is outside.
Post # 13
@VermontBride13: Yes at my father’s property…he has a beautiful pond that he has also turned into a beach 🙂 and his property is full of trees and there’s a small grape vineyard, he has a horshoe pit, too. It is huge which is perfect because my guest list is at about 90 right now.
Post # 14
We’re having an outdoor ceremony. Our rain plan is, “It’s water, get over it.” IF rain ends up in the forecast, we’ll tell people to bring umbrellas or buy a bunch of cheap ones to hand out. If it’s going to be super hot, we’re going to buy cheap bottles of water and put cute labels on them and maybe make program fans. It’s not going to be a long ceremony, so as long as it doesn’t downpour, we’ll be okay.
Post # 15
@kkish3: That sounds beautiful! Having such an amazing property a tent might be worth it, maybe you can find a place that does rentals for other things you need and maybe give you a discount??
@vorpalette: What about you? In the end I am more worried about me and my dress getting wet and/or being too hott! The guests should be okay especially because ours is not a long ceremony either but I don’t want to look like a mess, lol.
Post # 16
This has been a constant debate since we’ve been looking for a venue. My parents would rather an outside venue while my FI wants everything indoors. I am trying to compromise: We will have the ceremony in a church (indoors), have the cocktail hour outside on the porch of our venue, and then go inside for dinner and dancing. Good luck as you make your decision! I’m sure either option will be beautiful.