Outdoor wedding reception, what's your backup plan?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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favflamingo :  We will be married at our home – hopefully in the back gardens, cocktail hour on the porch and then come inside for a full sit down dinner.  50-60 people.  If it rains – we will just make due inside the house, so I pray it does not!  I am more concerned about the love bugs invading our ceremony!

Post # 3
10513 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our venue had an indoor back-up option. It had huge windows and still would have given us beautiful views so I wouldn’t have been crushed if we had to move inside (and we almost did!)

For our second choice venue we would have had to rent a tent.

Post # 4
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We are getting married outdoors but have a tent for the reception. Ultimately if it does rain we will just use the tent for the ceremony too.

Post # 5
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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favflamingo :  We had a tent as backup. Luckily the weather was gorgeous though.

Post # 6
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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favflamingo :  what time is the reception (or ceremony)? What season? Personally I’d appreciate some shady areas, a tent, even when the sun is out, actually because the sun is out. I’m not an outdoor person.

Post # 9
688 posts
Busy bee

pray to the rain gods to stay away!! kinda being serious. we could move inside if necessary but it would make everything more complicated and shitty 

Post # 10
13 posts
  • Wedding: July 2018

We are getting married on our farm yard. However, if it rains, we moving it into our local hockey rink. It is not ideal however my fiance is a professional hockey player so it is also a special place for him.

Not sure if this is an option in your area but we had lots of options like that in our area and are free since they aren’t used in summer time. 

Post # 11
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

We got a tent on contingency. Clear top! It was more expensive, but I preferred to pay more for a nicer tent to protect the rest of the investment already made.


Thankfully – it didn’t rain!

Post # 12
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m getting married on historic grounds of a state park and we will be doing the ceremony in a courtyard, cocktail hour under a pavilion, and the reception in a barn. If it rains, we are ewbtire a tent for cocktail hour and ceremony and reception are just both in the barn

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