Post # 1
We eloped in October but are throwing a huge reception and vow renewal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns on Saturday. Since we eloped, we really pulled out all the stops for this party. We are planning to have our cocktail hour out in the herb garden but otherwise we were planning on the dinner and dancing to be indoors (really happy we didnt go with dancing in the courtyard now!) so this wont tank the night. I know its still early, but the current forecast is 60% chance of .4″ of rain and Im starting to think we may be having an all indoor event which is sad. Part of the whole reason we chose this venue is because it is a full working farm and we would love our guests to be able to walk around and see the orchards and animals! I think Im just starting to get nervous and excited since the date is so close now!
Tell me how the weather impacted (or turned around and didnt impact!) your event!
Post # 2
My wedding didn’t rain but there was a freak heatwave. Honestly I doubt anyone was paying any attention during the ceremony because everyone was melting to bits. In the middle of the ceremony felt a bead of sweat roll down my leg and wondered when it would be over haha.
HOWEVER, I still had a fantastic day and the party was amazing. It was uncomfortable for the ceremony and possibly during the cocktail hour, but we did everything we could to try to keep everyone cool. The food and drink during cocktail hour distracted everyone and once the reception rolled around it had cooled down and everyone had a blast.
As long as you can keep people comfortable for 80-90% of the day you’re going to be fine. I’ve been to a couple of other weddings where the weather turned sour. Only one of them was terribly affected by it and that’s because they didn’t have a backup plan so everyone was outside in the freezing rain for the entire reception/dancing etc. Your guests aren’t going to care so much as long as they’re not uncomfortable so provide blankets and umbrellas and warn people about footwear if you can.
Post # 3
It rained on and off our entire wedding day. Sometimes complete downpours, other times drizzles and yet other times it stopped for brief periods. It was also quite windy.
Because we were planning our wedding on the Washington coast in March, we knew this was a risk and all wedding activities were indoors with the exception of wanting some photos outdoors. We had to be creative with our first look location and make sure we were under cover, while still outside. I was a pretty adventurous bride in that way, though. I wanted the pictures and wasn’t as worried about whether my hair and make-up stayed completely perfect.
Post # 4
Rain was also on my mind for our outdoor wedding last year, and I was bummed because I really wanted our ceremony to be held outside. Luckily it just sprinkled on us halfway through the ceremony and we have some adorable photos of everyone under umbrellas (including our guests, we had amazing DOCs who had enough for everyone). We had moody dramatic skies for all our photos and then some fantastic sunset shots as it cleared up a bit! And I think it’s true that the little rain we had on our wedding day was lucky, we’ve had a wonderful first year of marriage.
Fingers crossed you also get lucky 🍀
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College
It poured the entire day of my wedding. I can remember sitting in the salon and being like, STOP RAINING. And then it didn’t. And that was just ok, because my day was so beautiful, unique, and it just added to the atmosphere.
Not to mention that it’s a story not everyone has to tell. It changed two things only – we had to cover up our beautiful garden scene with tents over the chairs, which worked just fine, and also, we had to move our photos, because I was hoping driving 20 minutes back into town would change the scenery enough that we could get some good photos with our familles.
My photographer got this great shot of us in the rain with the bubbles!
Post # 6
It was F’ING FREEZING on my wedding day. Went from 70’s that week to high 30’s low 40’s.
My bridal party was amazing. They wouldn’t let me change my plans to get indoor pictures, they just stood by with coats, and ditched when needed. I wanted to get another location, but I was so cold I started to go numb.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2018 - Australia
I’ll be totally okay with rain; probably have to be careful to not get the dress train too dirty. But if it’s like one of the PPs where we get a heatwave, I wouldn’t know what to do! The boat we’ll be on doesn’t have air-conditioning, and both fiance and I are big sweaters! I also get very very grumpy when I’m hot.
Post # 8
We had a heat wave. So fucking hot… We got last minute tents to cover all the seats during the ceremony and replaced the seats with the outdoor games for the reception since it was a fully outdoor wedding. Luckily the trees provided a bunch of shade, and with the tents it was perfect. There was enough shade that I didn’t even get burnt while wearing a strapless dress! We also had a bucket of 1oz sunscreen tubes for guests, iced water for the ceremony, and fans as escort cards. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day even with the extra heat.
You’ll be fine. The people you invited supposedly love you. It will take a lot to ruin their day because they’re going into it ready to be happy.
Post # 9
Oh lordy yeah I cant even imagine how awful a heat wave would be day of! Puts a little refreshing rain in context! I really do have my fingers crossed that it only sprinkles or passes over. Come on and dump rain on Sunday!
bumblebug : thank you for the reminder that my people arent here for the venue and sunshine, they’re here for us : )
nelliemade : Your picture is beautiful! That is just stunning and you look so happy!
sapphire27 : You’re right! I have seen some very adorable pictures with umbrellas!