Post # 1
I am getting married outdoors in a garden. The reception will be indoors but if we had to move the ceremony inside, guests would need to watch from their seats at the tables since there is no room to “flip the room” from ceremony to reception.
I could reserve a tent for a non refundable deposit of $500 and it will be $1000 if the tent is used. I would have to notify the rental company the day before if we are using the tent or not.
If I do not reserve a tent ahead of time, it will be more expensive and potentially not available.
So outdoors brides, did you or do you plan to rent a tent as a rain backup?
Post # 3
You can hold it for 500 as a deposit, and then if you don’t use it your lonly out that?
If thats the case, I would prooobably do that. Whats the weather like in that area at that time?
Post # 4
Yes, I’d lose the $500 deposit but thats alot of money to waste!
There isn’t alot of rain in early May but you know how it is.. it could happen.
Post # 5
I think $500 is worth weather peace of mind!
Post # 6
@oracle: Yes, on one hand it is nice to have the tent in case of rain and feel better about that security but on the other, I hate tents. I’d rather have umbrellas and then if it were too stormy, we’d go inside. If it were really stormy I don’t think we would use the tent anyway.
Keep in mind – this is for the ceremony only. That is alot of money to spend for 30 minutes of tent use.
Post # 7
We are probably going to have an outdoor ceremony and I am definitely going to have a tent ready to go if need be. I live in Florida and the weather is just too predictable to chance it. If you can afford to spend the $500 then I would say do it. It may save the day if it decides to rain 🙂
Post # 8
ohhh dont use it! it is just 30 mins
Post # 9
@scadadle15: sorry – I missed the part that it was ceremony only. If you don’t like tents, then you’ll be unhappy with a tent as the covering. I don’t think it’s a big deal to have people sit at their table if you have to move it inside. If that’s a better option to you than the tent, then I think you have your answer!
Post # 10
I would just take the risk with the rain, since the ceremony is only a half hour! As your big day comes closer, if you do notice rain in the forecast, you could just rush order umbrellas!
Post # 11
$500 is a lot of money for the company to keep, especially if you do NOT use the services. If the tent is not used, the money should be refunded! They did not do anything to justify $500 bucks! How many people would give them a deposit and not use tents? That’s NOT right!
Post # 12
I’m in the same situation, my wedding is in september and I’m in New England so weather here can change quickly. How far in advance do you have to put a deposit down for the tent? I would wait until the farmer’s almanac shows estimate forcast for your area for may.
Post # 13
A friend of mine was in the same situation. She got married in the middle of May. The ceremony was outside and if it rained it would have to be inside where the reception was. Only chairs for the family would be moved to face where they would have to stand .. everyone else would have sat at their tables.
It rained 20 minutes before her wedding for like 10 minutes. She was able to have it outdoors and was devestated when it started raining; however, everyone said that sitting at the tables wouldn’t have been an issue. Her ceremony was approx 20 minutes so it wouldn’t have been long.
If you are comfortable with them sitting at tables if it were to rain (and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it) then I’d save the $500.
Mine is outside and the reception is under a shelter outside. If it rains the ceremony will be under the shelter and people will have to sit at tables. It isn’t ideal but it works for me as a Plan B.