Post # 1
Our ceremony will be outside at a local park, and the wedding party and officiant will be up in the gazebo for most of it. I found out (after booking) that we’re not allowed to have those big tents in case of rain at all! My fiance and I discusssed this and what we could do in case it rains, and both of us agreed that if it’s not a full-on thunderstorm with hail and high winds, we’re going to go through with having our ceremony there — RAIN OR SHINE! I will purchase white umbrellas for the wedding party so we don’t get wet walking there and back. But basically, our guests are going to be on their own for however they want to prepare. And we really don’t mind that much if some of our guests don’t attend the ceremony itself. We would have the video shown later at the reception if it ends up being a very small crowd.
My question is, how do I make sure my guests understand that we’ll have it outside, RAIN OR SHINE, and that if it IS raining they will need to be prepared by bringing an umbrella or coats or whatever?
Should I have something in the actual invite about that, or just spread it word of mouth and put it on the website?
Post # 3
put it on the website. i would also buy cheap umbrellas (you can probably find some in bulk on ebay) and have them available for your guests. i would worry that if everyone is sitting down with an umbrella, no one except the first row will be able to see.
what’s your plan if it’s more than a sprinkle?
oh you’ll also need some towels on hand so that people can dry off their chairs before they sit down.
Post # 4
I’d put it on the invitation. Is the ceremony location special to you in some way? I ask because if it’s not, you really may want to reconsider the ceremony location. I get REALLY wanting your ceremony outdoors, but if the venue isn’t going to allow you to accommodate your guests in case of rain, you may want to reconsider. As a guest, I would be REALLY put off if the bride basically told me to suck it up and stand out in the rain without providing so much as an umbrella. I’d just assume she didn’t really care either way if anyone was there for the ceremony, so I likely wouldn’t bother going.
You mentioned you didn’t really mind if no one really showed up though, so putting it on the invitation should suffice.
Post # 5
@kitzy: I think our guests would be able to see with umbrellas, for the most part. I’m not sure about spending that much money for umbrellas, either…we’re trying to make this as cheap as possible, otherwise I would definitely do that for all guests. Then what would we do with all the umbrellas if it DOESN’T rain! 🙂 The gazebo is up pretty high and the seating is on a bit of an incline….however that’s something I’ll definitely have to check out. Also good point about the towels!
If it’s a full-on storm, I’m checking with our reception venue to see how much it will cost to set up for the ceremony there. I also had some other ideas — either going to the courthouse the night before with the wedding party and having a small ceremony, then showing the video of the ceremony at hte reception the next night. Or doing the same on the day of (but not sure how we’d get that info out to the guests). We don’t have a lot of options in my town for cheap/free places.
Post # 6
@lezlers: It’s not really a significant place for us, no. But we both love it so much! You have good points that some guests might be miffed…but that’s why I’m wondering if putting the info out there will suffice to avoid that….kind of like “attend at your own risk” ? HAHA!
Post # 7
@kitzy: I agree. Definitely get some cheap umbrellas, put them in baskets around the chairs/aisle for your guests if it’s raining. If it doesn’t rain, take em back!