Post # 1
After looking at venues for a few weeks, my FI and I FINALLY found one that we really liked! The trouble is, we would be having an outdoor ceremony! It is a GORGEOUS hidden garden, but this is something that we previously decided we wouldn’t do because of the added stress over the weather. Literally every outdoor ceremony that my FI and I have ever been to has been rained out! We agreed that our venue would need to have an equally appealing INDOOR space for our ceremony to put our minds at ease. While the venue includes a beautiful tent with draping and chandeliers, I know that I would be disappointed if we had to move our ceremony there. I’m going to keep this place in mind, but I’m still searching for that “perfect” place if it’s out there!!
This made me wonder how many bees had their ceremonies outside successfully vs. those who had to utilize a rain plan. Was anyone really stressed or disappointed by the weather? Were there any brave souls who didn’t have a back-up plan? Please share your outdoor ceremony experiences!!!
Post # 2
TheLadyA : I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I panicked a little bit in about whether or not our outdoor ceremony would get rained out… so with the help of the Canadian weather authority website, I made this:
Yes, I am a type A personality, but it helped to calm my nerves a bit–likelihood is, even if it rains, it’ll only be a drizzle and it’ll end long before my ceremony starts!
Post # 3
MrsRevolutionize: I LOVE this!!! I’m going to make one too!
Post # 4
We had an outdoor ceremony with a horse-drawn carriage which was the selling point on the venue. I woke up the morning of the wedding and it was raining and gray. We got to the venue who had us wait until the very last minute before deciding what to do. I had my dad make the final call and we decided to go outside. The rain held for the entire ceremony and it was wonderful.
Our venue was amazing at keeping me calm and telling us that it happens all the time. I was so glad that we didn’t make a quick decision to stay inside. The venue also helped dry off all the chairs so that all the guests could sit.
By the end, all the clouds had started to clear and there was the most beautiful rainbow in the eastern sky. It really was perfect even though it felt like a disaster at the beginning.
If the venue is perfect, I wouldn’t base your decision off of the weather. That’s the one thing you can’t control.
Post # 5
We had our ceremony and reception outdoors! We had a big tent with all the tables under it for the reception. The ceremony was not under cover, but would have been moved under the tent had it been raining. I don’t have the balls to not have a backup plan!
I was minimally stressed about weather during planning, mostly just because I had to plan both the good weather plan and the bad weather plan. But ot that big of a deal.
The evening of the rehearsal it freaking downpoured. Like torrential rain. And hail. In August. We all ran under the tent and, even in the middle of the tent, we were still getting wet from the wind. I was pretty freaked out. We ordered some extra side walls for the tent in case the weather was that bad the next day. I went over the rain plan with the DOC. Then I went back to the hotel and took a shower before going down to the Welcome Dinner. And I just resigned myself to the fact that it was probably going to rain and we were going to have to be in the tent and decided that was okay. I’d still get married and see all my friends and family, and that’s what’s really important. So I was pleasantly surpirsed when it wasn’t raining the next morning. It was still showing a chance of rain but as the day went on the percent got lower and lower until, while we were doing picture, it went down to 0%. Not a single drop of rain fell! We got to do the ceremony and cocktail hour outside and use our extra seating areas throughout the reception. It was awesome.
So I lucked out and had fantastic weather for my outdoor wedding. But I was also fully prepared to go with the rain plan and I really think I would have been fine with that. You just have to know if you’d be devastated if you had to go with the rain plan.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
Out of nowhere, the week before my wedding was rain rain everywhere. My now DH was just convinced that he wasn’t going to be happy with a backup plan of any sort and that if it was raining, we would just stand there in the rain. I protested that our guests might not like that and he was unmoved. So I was a bit freaked.
We couldn’t rehearse at the venue, so our rehearsal was in my backyard… in the pouring rain. I probably checked the weather for my wedding day at least 5 times a day. Luckily, by some miracle, it did not rain on our wedding day. It was pouring the day before, pouring the day after, but for that Sunday… just happy clouds 🙂
I don’t have my pro pics back yet, but here’s one photo that shows that the sun did come out:
Post # 7
ColoradoGirl: JenGirl: I’m glad that the weather let up for your ceremonies!!!
NovaGrey: What a beautiful dress!!! I’m glad that the sun came out for you too!!
Post # 8
TheLadyA : Also, when I was benue shopping I spoke to a guy at a venue that had most ceremonies outside with a room to rent for a rain backup. He said he’d been there for 2 years and he’d never worked a wedding that actually used the rain backup room. He said even if it rained, there was usually a break in the rain where they could fit in the ceremony. You could ask the venue how often they have to use the rain tent!
Post # 9
Our wedding is on halloween, and it ALWAYS rains on halloween here. One time a few years back, it actually snowed! But, it’s rare that it rains before 6 pm, so we are taking our chances and hoping for a good day. If it rains during the reception.. that’s okay with me! If it rains a little during the ceremony, we’ll be okay as well. And worst case scenario, our ceremony location has a little picnic pavillion.. if rain is on the forecast, we’ll just move/hide the picnic tables and set the ceremony up there.
Post # 10
it wasn’t an outdoor ceremony but first look, pictures, and cocktail hour were to be outside. during first look it felt like a few drops were falling. during wedding party and immediate family pitures it was fine. the rest of the night went off without a hitch.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I was definitely worried – we hardly ever get rain in August, but that week there were a bunch of thunderstorms forecasted. We actually did get a bit of thunder/wind/rain the night before at the welcome BBQ, but the wedding day itself was pretty perfect.
It’s a risk you take when you have an outside ceremony (and reception, in our case). We had set up several large tents and could have moved everything under the tent if need be. Since it has a beautiful backup space, your venue sounds perfect!
Post # 12
MrsRevolutionize: Where did you get that data from? I’d love to do the same thing!
Post # 13
TheLadyA : I’ll let you know soon! We are having an outdoor ceremony and reception, with no real back up plan! I guess the plan would be to rent tents, but I will be bummed out if it does rain as I am having a garden plantation wedding, and the whole reason there is because it is beautiful!
I have been watching the weather like crazy recently, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I’m not stressed about the weather, just anxious to know what it will be.
Post # 14
I also looked at the weather history for the city on our wedding day, and it has not rained on that date for 7 years. Let’s make it 8!
Post # 15
Kazza: If you’re in Canada, http://climate.weather.gc.ca/ is I think what I used, but I’m having a hard time remembering how I got to the numbers. I’ll keep working on it and let you know if I figure it out again! Hahah.