(Closed) Do we need a backup location in case of rain?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We aren’t having a back-up location, just our tent.  My mom is the opposite; she hates that we’re having it outside!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Is it too late to do something at a different venue? I’m from Texas, and perhaps Tennesee isn’t as hot as Texas, but in June it can get well into the 100’s here with 80% humidity. There is no way, NO WAY, I would want to plan, or attend a wedding in that kind of heat! Will fans be enough?

There isn’t a fan on earth that could make it cool enough to be comfortable outside in Texas in June for me personally.

Also, if it downpours, you will have to have sidewalls for the tent, which are basically like plastic sheeting. They will keep the rain out, but I would imagine they would make it like a sauna inside the tent, trapping all the heat.

We found a beautiful outdoor location in Austin that we thought about, but ultimately the stress of planning an outdoor wedding was too much! From a personal point of view, I would want an indoor venue and nothing else.

If you are dead set on the tent in June, sidewalls should keep out rain, but will only exacerbate the heat factor. They look like this:

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think a tent will be sufficient shelter area for rain/storm. If it is REALLY windy and  there are threats of severe weather you may be… screwed, but if it is even raining hard I think you will be fine.

You should read some of Mrs. Tiramisu’s posts; she had her reception in a tent outdoors and they had a TERRIBLE storm. They had no electricity and, therefore, no music for their grand entrance, the wrong song for their first dance, and during their cocktail hour all of their guests were holding up the tent to ensure it wouldn’t tip over. It sounds horrific right? Well if you go read her recaps you will find that it made for a totally unique experience, and one that will remembered forever because they persevered through and made the best of what they had.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think different people treat their plan b differently, but personally we’re having an outdoor wedding and a backup plan was one of the first questions we asked at each venue. That’s just one thing I don’t want to have to worry about, and it is something that you can actually control, so why not.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I think you’re fine! We’re having an outdoor ceremony and tented reception and I have a back up for the ceremony but not for the reception…I’m willing to take my chances that it will NOT hurricane on my wedding day and even if it pours, a tent will do the job! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I second tenmylove’s comments – Mrs. Tiramasu had a unique wedding for sure…wind storms, rain, lightning…just horrible.  But they had the tent and that was just that.  It was a beautiful wedding…

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For $60, you can’t go wrong!  And some tent rental places also offer raised floors if your ground becomes a swimming pool, so you could always do that too.  Yay for a cheap fix!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

danielle– yay! im glad you got it all worked out! it sounds like you will have the best of both worlds, and for $60 bucks, I’d be glad for the peace of mind. You can check out the forecast a week before and prepare yourself for the worst also. I’m sure everything will be fantastic.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I’m knocking on every piece of wood in a 2 mile radius as I type this.

 

We’re having an outdoor ceremony and have no back up location.  September is historically the month that San Diego gets the lowest amount of rainfall, so I feel confident in our decision.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For my brother’s RD we did a tent.  We had 100 people plus serving line under the tent.  The bar was out in the open.  We had the worst rain in Houston all year.  Roads were flooded etc.  We started the rehearsal and made it without the rain.  Dinner it started raining.  My mom has these huge outdoor umbrellas that she had someone move over the bar and then the second one was halfway between the tent and bar.  So people just ran back and forth to get drinks.

Honestly though we had fun!  People stayed until mid-night and probably would have stayed longer had we not have to get up early the next day for the wedding.

If we were to do it again, I would have rented a tent large enough to have the bar under it.  And also large enough to leave at least 3 feet border all the way around so that the person sitting along the edge of the tent wouldn’t get wet. 

You might want to reserver a walkway tent to get people to and from the house or other areas you need.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Why not just reserve the side panels to put in place if it rains?  Presumably, the rain will cool the air and it won’t matter so much if you have the side panels up.  If it doesn’t rain, don’t put them up.

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