Is this okay for a rainy wedding day plan?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
9475 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
205 posts
Helper bee

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
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
575 posts
Busy bee

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
47150 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 8
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Perfect rain plan! 

Post # 9
1204 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
6896 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
2904 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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
3336 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It sounds great! I’d much rather THIS rain plan, than ‘remember an umbrella in case it rains!’ ugh.

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