Post # 1
Our wedding is going to be May 11, 2011, in a garden in Portsmouth, New Husband. It is a beautiful and exactly what I wanted.
They have an indoor optin if it rains..BUT, it costs an extra $150 and I would have to decide now if I want it, and sign the contract. They will charge us whether we use it or not, because the building is part of a museum of many buildings and they would have to close it for the entire day (I assume to clean). I’m having a problem with paying for something I might not use.
It is not an attractive option. However, I feel like I should be greatful for a rain option. I suppose I could jazz it up if need be, and at least we would not have to cancel the wedding.
I don’t know what to do
Post # 3
Where is the rest of your reception being held? We’re having a tented reception but the ceremony on the adjacent grass. If it rains, we’re just going to go under the tent since we’re already paying for it!
Post # 4
i would pay. even if you don’t use it, it’s worth that money for peace of mind that you and your guests won’t get rained on.
Post # 5
I think it matters if you have a tent or not – if you’re 100% counting on it raining, it’s only $150 in the grand scheme. I know it’s not pittance, but you won’t fret about it this way, and I think $150 for peace of mind is worth it.
Post # 6
$150 is about as cheap as you can expect for a rain option. Renting a hall at a different location would be way more expensive, and tents that would cover everyone will cost you at least $1000 if not more. Having sat through an outdoor wedding in the pouring rain, I can tell you that umbrellas are not a good rain plan! Unless you want to use your reception space as your rain plan (this is what I’m doing) then I saw pay the $150 and hope for sun. Us outdoor brides sort of have to take what we can get when it comes to rain plans, and unless you want to move the whole thing to an indoor location, you are probably stuck with this.
If you are concerned about the way the room looks, maybe you could ask the venue if they had any photos of weddings that ended up using that room? Or design your decor as stuff that could easily be moved inside if need be…
Post # 7
Yea $150 in the grand scheme of something isn’t that bad for peace of mind. If you didn’t reserve the room and there was rain on that day what are your options? I think you would probably end up spending way more than $150 to move the wedding anyways. Might as well pay it up front, have peace of mind, and maybe save money.
Post # 8
Thanks, Bees! I am so glad I asked. I was pretty much thinking the same thing- it just irks me that they would charge me for two sites when i would only use one…if it doesn’t rain, we’d be outside and if it does, we will use the indoor option, but either way, I only use one and they charge for two- ah, well…guess that’s the wedding industry for ya!
Post # 9
Yeah I know what you mean. If we end up using our rain plan we won’t need the 100+ chairs that we are renting for the outdoor ceremony, but we’ll still have to pay for them. I told the rental place not to bother setting them up if we’re using the rain plan (no sense getting them all wet and muddy if no one will use them) but we still have to pay for them anyway because they don’t allow last minute cancellations. 🙁
Post # 10
I would say definitely pay the extra. $150 is not that much when you consider the peace of mind you’ll have if suddenly it’s calling for thunderstorms on your day. And who knows, the weather might clear up halfway through and you could always move the reception or drinking or whatever outside and then you will have used both areas. I wish the place we wanted had this option. It’s just too risky here to choose a place with NO rain option.
Post # 11
I would pay the extra $150! That sounds like a great deal! I’m just going to go out and get those collapisble camping awnings the day before if I suspect rain. I already have one and I think my sister has one, so if I bought one more I think that would be enough to cover the guests (and we get married in a gazebo anyway). I figure the worst that happens is I raffle off the extra awning I buy during the reception. 🙂