Post # 1
We’ve both been on the same page from the get go that we did not want an outdoor wedding. It rained when we went to pick out the ring/our Valentine date, both our birthdays [last year and this year], when we went to look at the first venue, etc. We seem doomed for rain. Well, we looked at a venue this weekend that seriously made me reconsider. It was just perfect, but it’s outdoors! I want to tell them, yes, we’ll do it, but I don’t like to have a backup plan. There is no indoor option, since we would have to pay an extra 2500 to use the indoor faclities [we would do just indoor, but there isn’t enough space in the rooms for a ceremony and reception]. Pretty much our only option would be to use a tent, which I hate. My ex used to work for a lighting company, so we went to lots of tent weddings. Now I tend to associate them with him. Not what I want on my wedding day.
I looked up the weather trends for our date [not using that as a guarantee, just checking] and it says it’s been a little cloudy the last three years, but no rain.
I’m just so torn now! Should we gamble and book it? Is there any other kind of back up plan for an outdoor wedding? What are you bees doing in case of bad weather? Help!
Post # 3
Personally, I would never be able to handle “gambling” on something this important.
Post # 4
SO and I are both in lighting and have done loads of tent/marquee weddings too.
Unless you’re willing to go with a tent, it’s a huge risk that I wouldn’t take. But tents can be beautiful, and each one can be different.
Post # 5
Bump for the day time ladies.
Post # 6
I had a garden wedding and it was everything I thought it could be and more! However I had a back up location. I know how worried I was about the rain just because I wanted my garden ceremony but I knew my backup location would be beautiful as well. Could not and would not have done it if I didn’t have a backup.
Post # 7
I’m planning an outdoor ceremony and reception but I will be having a tent for a rain back-up plan. I absolutely wanted an outdoor wedding, but I didn’t have the nerve to do it without a back-up plan. You probably have more experience with me with lighting in tent weddings, but just through looking at other people’s wedding pictures I’ve seen how different tents can look. Maybe if you got a different look it wouldn’t remind you of your ex? Draping maybe?
Post # 8
We are getting married at the gardens behind the main clubhouse at a country club, so we can use an indoor area as a back up plan. I would NOT plan an outdoor ceremony without a back up plan, no way, no how!
Post # 9
@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie: We had an outdoor ceremony, but we also both were ok with the rain backup plan for our venue. If it had rained, then the ceremony would have moved to the indoor space at no additional charge to us. On our wedding day it was cloudy, but no rain, so we went ahead with the outdoor ceremony.
The fact that you don’t have a viable backup plan would be worrisome and would be reason (if it were me) not to choose that venue.
Post # 10
I’m going to an outdoor wedding this weekend and it’s supposed to rain, thunderstorm, get super humid, and be 83 degree (so probably super buggy).
Don’t have an outdoor wedding unless you’re willing to tent. Also, late September in Alabama? It’s probably going to be super hot and buggy. You’ll def be at risk for afternoon passing thunderstorms.
Post # 11
By The Way while I agree that you really need a backup plan for the reception, I don’t think it’s as necessary for just the ceremony. I know a guy who works at a venue where they regularly sell brides a added “indoor ceremony site” as a rain plan. In the 4 years he’s been there he says 90% of brides get it and he’s never once had it used. The ceremony is usually less than a half hour and so it’s far less likely to be raining in that exact half hour time frame than for a whole reception. My cousin did her ceremony on the beach with no rain back-up. And it rained. People stayed in cars or under umbrellas or in a gazebo until the rain let up, then we had the ceremony. We started about 20 minutes late, but it wasn’t a huge problem. You just gotta go with the flow.
Post # 12
If you love the space,book it,but have a backup plan so your day won’t be stressful if it rains.I think tents are nice.Look around for decorating ideas.:-)
Post # 13
Gotta have a plan-B! We’ll be tenting the outdoor garden if we need to, but we won’t need to because it’s going to be a gorgeous sunny day. 🙂
Post # 14
I am having my wedding indoors because I also hate the tents. They can be gorgeous but I’ve worked too many tent weddings and I just hate them out of spite. I’d recommend that you find a different venue.
Post # 15
I had an outdoor wedding at the same time of year as you. Of course, we are in a different part of the country, but the weather history on our date was about the same – small chance of rain. We decided to take the chance and go forward with our outdoor ceremony plans. We had no backup plan. In my mind, it was really not a concern at all. I barely even gave it a thought until about a week before my wedding when I saw that rain was in the forecast for my date. It ended up raining a small amount on my wedding day and it was somewhat overcast. I didn’t mind the rain or clouds at all, though. It rained earlier in the day and not during my actual ceremony, so that made me very happy.
So, I took the chance of having an outdoor ceremony with no backup plan and everything worked out just fine for me. That’s not to say that you should do the same, but I thought you would like to hear my story 🙂
Post # 16
We booked a beautiful garden for our wedding on Friday. This mornig’s weather report says temps will be in the triple digits on Friday. My indoor backup room is ugly, and I should call the florist right now to see what we can do….. So still alittle stressful even with the back up room.