Rain back-up question

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Spartanbee:  Hmm, I went through some back and forth in my head (both from a bride and a guest perspective haha) before deciidng how to respond. And I’m still a little unsure!

First: I think there’s something so beautiful about a wedding in the rain.  Not pouring rain, just that light drizzle you were thinking of.  I love weddings where everyone is holding umbrellas.  Something about it!

Like this!

Second: As a guest, I’d be pretty unhappy sitting in the rain (even drizzle), even if it were 20 minutes.  I’d rather be inside.

I realize I totally just contradicted myself!  Here’s what I’m thinking: If your guests have advance warning that there is a possibility that you’ll still be marrying outside if it rains, maybe they can prepare in advance for it?

If it gets anymore than just drizzling, or if it was previously pouring, then i’d move the wedding inside so my guests are totally drenched.

Obviously, I can still see it both ways here! 🙂

Post # 5
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Hmmm I really don’t have a good answer for how you’d let people know. but for what you could ask them to endure… I would be furious if I dressed up and did my hair and then was expected to sit in the rain. Umbrella or not, it would be frizzy! So I definitely would use the backup location. Wet ground isn’t a huge deal though… people should be able to realize that ground might be wet if it recently rained and to choose appropriate footwear. 

Post # 6
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

As a wedding planner, I advise my clients to use the 40/4 rule. If there’s a 40% chance of rain 4 hours before the ceremony, move it inside. Ideally, you can make that decision the day before the wedding, but sometimes that’s not really doable. Post a good friend with an umbrella at the ceremony site to alert your guests that they should turn right around and head for the reception venue. Allow a few extra minutes for guests to get in and settled before you begin your ceremony.

You may still want to do this if the ground is muddy. If it’s really gross out there, then dragging your white dress through the muck is just going to break your heart.

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