Post # 1
Ok, so we FINALLY found our venue – ceremony & reception in the same area. The ceremony is going to be in this beautiful spot…breathtaking outdoor area. View of the entire countryside from the ceremony spot. The moment we saw it, it was hard to not get choke up. It was so beautiful & it is the MAIN reason we are getting married there.
Because of the great views we are deciding on an October wedding – first weekend of October. Fall foliage in the poconos will be amazing!
Anyway, I am calling today to select our date, and I am just sooooo nervous. If it rains and we have to have our ceremony inside, I will be really upset. As I said, the ceremony spot makes the whole wedding. It’s THAT beautiful! I am not really a high-maintenance person, & I usually just roll with anything. This is bothering me though…. am I normal?
Is it normal to be so nervous about the weather? I know October here is usually really mild & nice. September tends to be a bit warmer and almost always clear sunny skies and almost no rain, however the fall foliage won’t be that great. So I don’t know what to do. Ughhh
Post # 3
I hear you. We actually turned down a venue with a beautiful outdoor space for the ceremony because of this. We didn’t want to be stressing for a year over it. But as long as you have a backup option, I would go for it and hope for the best. I personally just didn’t want to get married in a ballroom then turn the room over.
Post # 4
THis was actually what made our decision of where to have our wedding. We had to choose between Boston (where we live) and San DIego (where my family is). SInce Boston has unpredictable, crappy weather 97.9% of the year, we went with San Diego. Fall foliage sounds amazing, though! Could you look into clear tenting as an alternative in case of inclement weather? THe moody sky might be really beautiful against the vibrant colors, if the weather is less than ideal.
Post # 5
I woke up this morning feeling just as you are now. Our wedding is in just over a month and up here in maine there is a saying that if you don’t like the weather wait 10 minutes and then you — due to how unpredicatable our weather is. We are having an outdoor wedding getting married inbetween apple trees and a stone wall, and then having a huge outdoor reception. Well this morning I woke up and it’s overcast and keeps sprinkling on and off and I keep thinking ohhhh no what if it does this the day of the wedding!!!!!!!! We have tents and an indoor area if needed, but it just won’t be the same if it isn’t outside!
Post # 6
This is the main reason I will not be getting married outside no matter what lol. It would really ruin it for me if it rained during my ceremony. I wouldn’t mind taking pictures outside in the rain after/before the ceremony… but if I had to move my ceremony inside to a less desirable place I’d be pretty upset over that…
I think all you can do is 1) Pray that it doesn’t rain that day and 2) make a backup plan. If it does rain that day, could you make the inside area at least almost as awesome or do something to be able to get married outside anyway? It will never be as good as the outside area you fell in love with, I know, but if you come to terms with a “what if” solution that you really like, if it does end up raining you’ll be able to handle it better. Try and think positive!
Post # 7
Well, our ceremony is only going to be about 10 – 15 mins, outside. The reception is in this big beautiful place – indoors. So I am only concerned about those few minutes I suppose. PA has the most unpredictable weather! October has days that are 85degrees, and then a day or 2 later it’s 35. Also, when it’s gloomy and gray here, it is reallllly gloomy! The sky is just covered in thick, gray low clouds & it will stay like that all day. This happens all yr though, so I guess I just have to secure my date & pray.
Post # 8
@FutureMrsNewman: Buy some cute umbrellas for everyone, so if it does rain, you’ll get some color in those pictures and can still do the ceremony outdoors.
Post # 9
I think it is pretty normal to worry about the weather, but really, what are you going to do? Even if the yearly averages suggest you won’t have rain, you never really know how it will turn out. Plan for rain and find a way to make it work either way.
Post # 10
I totally get you! We had ours in a very similar venue – ceremony & reception all in one. Ceremony was in a beautiful garden outdoors. Despite worrying about back up rain plan (indoors, uglyish) we booked our date in June. I’m a laid back person but this would upset me a lot thinking about it raining.
It DID end up raining… after our ceremony! phewwww. We had a beautiful ceremony with no clouds or rain then 45 mins later while taking pictures it was clear we had to make it back quick. Then it downpoured hard for an hour. After it was clear and cool. The humidity even evaporated all the water off the ground. We took photos in the gardens which we practically had to ourselves at that point! It was great overall.
I say go for it and cross your fingers. Make sure all your vendors know your back up plan before hand. Ex: do you want outdoor floral arrangements if its indoors or vise versus. Find back up photo places etc.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! 🙂 You all are so helpful.
I am just going to go for it. I can’t hide from the rain. I guess everyone deals w/ this. I’m sure after all is said and done, no matter what happens, it’ll be wonderful. Just the stress of planning a wedding. 🙂