Post # 1
Our reception venue is in a nature preserve and we were hoping to get married in the orchard at the same location. There is a barn where the reception will take place that is very well built so I’m not worried about rain for the reception but there is no other place for the ceremony if it does rain. As how it stands right now, if it rained we would simply get married inside the barn with people sitting at their assigned tables. I had been to a wedding where they had their ceremony like this and of course it wasnt ideal, but it worked. Everybody could see from their tables and it was fine. My question is whether or not this is considered tacky? The other option would be to book a church in the area but Fiance would be very uncomfortable with that. He is not religious and has had very bad experiences with organized religion in the past so he is not comfortable at all in a church. I have seen invitations that stated that if it rained the ceremony would be at *insert alternative location* but that just seems like it would be too confusing for everybody. What if it’s raining at the wedding place but not where the people are coming from? lol Anybody have any ideas/thoughts? Thanks!
Post # 2
I think it’s fine. It makes it easier for the guests if you have to change plans, which is definetly a plus. And it will give you more flexibility in making that final call of where the ceremony will be. You can change it pretty much up until the last half hour or so. I would just go with the barn as the back-up.
Post # 3
soon2bemrs10142017 : it’s not tacky, it’s fine. plus, when the weather is poor out, guests totally understand that you’re in Plan B mode. no one will think, “geez, how tacky, they should have had us outside in the rain”
Post # 4
We are getting married in our yard, and if it rains, we will get married at our reception venue. I’m not worried about it. I’m just praying it won’t rain 🙂 I think it’s pretty standard and some venues even have the ceremony with guests at tables as the default, unless you pay for a separate room, which usually costs more. I think it’s a great plan to have it at the same place. The only thing is, with ours, we have to tell the reception hall the day before so they leave a little extra room down the middle as an “aisle”. I’m not sure how to notify all of your guests, I didn’t even think about it. Only about 40 people will be at our ceremony so we have fewer calls than you would probably have to make.
Post # 5
Yes, I think this plan is totally fine. Just figure out where the “aisle” and “altar” will be and what kind of easy decorations you could have. Ideally, try to have whatever you are planning for the outdoor ceremony be able to be converted for indoors.
Post # 6
Your plan is fine. Some weddings don’t even come with a rain plan, I’ve been to two and they both sucked!
Post # 7
I am sure your guests will be fine with your plan. They won’t have to be making last minute decisions or running around to alternate venues.
Post # 9
soon2bemrs10142017 : I would actually love this (especially if the tables are assigned). It means I have to shuffle around less! My chair becomes my home at wedding receptions… haha
Post # 10
It’s fine….that’s basically the exact rain plan of every wedding I photograph where the ceremony is supposed to be outside. It rained on my wedding day and we did the same thing – guests all sat at tables, and we had two rows of chairs set up for parents/grandparents.
Post # 11
Totally fine, that is our back up plan as well. It may not be ideal but it is much more convenient than trying to find (and pay for) another location that you may not even use. I actually considered going this route whether it rained or not but eventually decided to have our ceremony outside the receprion barn in front of another barn that would look better in photos.
Post # 12
It sounds great! I’d much rather THIS rain plan, than ‘remember an umbrella in case it rains!’ ugh.
Post # 13
Thanks everybody! Back up plan in the barn it is! One more thing to cross off the list…wooohooo!