(Closed) I don’t know what to do about my venue and the rain option (money)

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

$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
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 9
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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. 🙂

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