(Closed) Outdoor Wedding: I’m So Torn Now!

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Personally, I would never be able to handle “gambling” on something this important.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

SO and I are both in lighting and have done loads of tent/marquee weddings too.

Unless you’re willing to go with a tent, it’s a huge risk that I wouldn’t take.  But tents can be beautiful, and each one can be different.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had a garden wedding and it was everything I thought it could be and more! However I had a back up location. I know how worried I was about the rain just because I wanted my garden ceremony but I knew my backup location would be beautiful as well. Could not and would not have done it if I didn’t have a backup.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m planning an outdoor ceremony and reception but I will be having a tent for a rain back-up plan. I absolutely wanted an outdoor wedding, but I didn’t have the nerve to do it without a back-up plan. You probably have more experience with me with lighting in tent weddings, but just through looking at other people’s wedding pictures I’ve seen how different tents can look. Maybe if you got a different look it wouldn’t remind you of your ex? Draping maybe?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are getting married at the gardens behind the main clubhouse at a country club, so we can use an indoor area as a back up plan.  I would NOT plan an outdoor ceremony without a back up plan, no way, no how!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie:  We had an outdoor ceremony, but we also both were ok with the rain backup plan for our venue. If it had rained, then the ceremony would have moved to the indoor space at no additional charge to us. On our wedding day it was cloudy, but no rain, so we went ahead with the outdoor ceremony.

The fact that you don’t have a viable backup plan would be worrisome and would be reason (if it were me) not to choose that venue.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m going to an outdoor wedding this weekend and it’s supposed to rain, thunderstorm, get super humid, and be 83 degree (so probably super buggy). 

Don’t have an outdoor wedding unless you’re willing to tent. Also, late September in Alabama? It’s probably going to be super hot and buggy. You’ll def be at risk for afternoon passing thunderstorms. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

By The Way while I agree that you really need a backup plan for the reception, I don’t think it’s as necessary for just the ceremony. I know a guy who works at a venue where they regularly sell brides a added “indoor ceremony site” as a rain plan. In the 4 years he’s been there he says 90% of brides get it and he’s never once had it used. The ceremony is usually less than a half hour and so it’s far less likely to be raining in that exact half hour time frame than for a whole reception. My cousin did her ceremony on the beach with no rain back-up. And it rained. People stayed in cars or under umbrellas or in a gazebo until the rain let up, then we had the ceremony. We started about 20 minutes late, but it wasn’t a huge problem. You just gotta go with the flow.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you love the space,book it,but have a backup plan so your day won’t be stressful if it rains.I think tents are nice.Look around for decorating ideas.:-)

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Gotta have a plan-B! We’ll be tenting the outdoor garden if we need to, but we won’t need to because it’s going to be a gorgeous sunny day. 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am having my wedding indoors because I also hate the tents.  They can be gorgeous but I’ve worked too many tent weddings and I just hate them out of spite.  I’d recommend that you find a different venue.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had an outdoor wedding at the same time of year as you.  Of course, we are in a different part of the country, but the weather history on our date was about the same – small chance of rain.  We decided to take the chance and go forward with our outdoor ceremony plans.  We had no backup plan.  In my mind, it was really not a concern at all.  I barely even gave it a thought until about a week before my wedding when I saw that rain was in the forecast for my date.  It ended up raining a small amount on my wedding day and it was somewhat overcast. I didn’t mind the rain or clouds at all, though.  It rained earlier in the day and not during my actual ceremony, so that made me very happy. 

So, I took the chance of having an outdoor ceremony with no backup plan and everything worked out just fine for me.  That’s not to say that you should do the same, but I thought you would like to hear my story 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We booked a beautiful garden for our wedding on Friday.  This mornig’s weather report says temps will be in the triple digits on Friday.  My indoor backup room is ugly, and I should call the florist right now to see what we can do….. So still alittle stressful even with the back up room.

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