(Closed) Outdoor Weddings.

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah we’re having an outdoor rose garden ceremony in June and you never know.  It’s definitely a concern, so we have a backup weather plan.  If it’s raining (or a heat emergency or something) we have a room booked at out reception site where we can have the ceremony.  It would be a total bummer and not the same, but the important thing is that we end up married, so I think I’d be okay with it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m so terrified about the weather. that’s why everything will be indoors. I can’t deal with the anxiety and with my luck. . .

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it depends on where you live and what month you plan to have the wedding. Granted, I live in San Diego, but I was worried that it may rain on our wedding day. October is usually a beautiful month here, but it was cold and slightly rainy…our wedding day was overcast and gloomy, drizzling in the morning. We had a tent in place for outdoor wedding, and luckily, it didn’t rain. We brought in heaters at the last minute, and everyone was extremely comfortable (and warm).

 

I would say have a plan, a plan B, and a plan C depending on the weather. If you are getting married in a more dodgy month, shoot for indoors.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had an outdoor wedding in July, but they just had a tent.. which actually came in handy to keep the sun from killing our guests on the 100 degree day.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We planned our wedding in May in Lake Como because we didn’t want it to be too hot and set our date last year. Then I began freaking out for months and went through changing the dates around because we discovered it rains more than Seattle over there in the spring months! Almost moved our Destination Wedding wedding to the desert instead to make sure we could get sunshine! lol. Eventually stopped freaking out, got assurances that it would still be beautiful inside, and ultimately, its about getting married that day. I figure, unless its torrential rainfall, we could get back up umbrellas for the guests and they can deal with a drizzle for 20 mins for a quick outdoor ceremony and we can race inside for the reception.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We had planned the most beautiful outdoor ceremony in a rose garden (in fact, our wedding was held in a garden that was acres and acres of garden so we had plans for an outdoor ceremony, followed with drinks and finger food on the terrace, during which our guests we’re going to wander around the gardens magestically sipping champagne and generally having a grand ol’ time.

Turns out it rained ALL DAY on the day of our wedding, and not just a little bit, the kind where you get wet even with an umbrella cos it’s coming down sideways kind of rain. We had to walk from one building to another to get to the ceremony and we had to wear robes over our dresses so we didn’t end up saturated… and even then we got wet!

However, once I’d come to terms with the fact that our glorious outdoor ceremony wasn’t going to happen, and we went with out wet weather option (inside the reception area) it turned out that it didn’t matter at all! We put all of our outdoor decorations up (bunting) and just did it! Everyone commented that the wedding was so lovely they couldn’t imagine it any other way, everyone (including me and the hubs) had a fantastic time and it was truly a brilliant wedding. The suckiest bit was that we missed out on having photos taken out in the gardens cos it was truly too awful to be out, but even then our photographer found some great places under cover and took some fantastic photos.

If you have a wet weather option you’ll be fine and truly, if you have a day with perfect weather then great, if you don’t you’ll still have a fantastic time and a truly beautiful wedding. Also, the tone of the wedding is set by the people, not the venue so if you’re having a blast it’ll be a great day!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had an outdoor ceremony and I really wasnt concerned about the rain….until I woke up the morning of my wedding and it was pouring! It rained from the time I woke up until about 3 PM and my ceremony was at 6. I didnt have a rain plan before the wedding day but during the day we came up with a rain plan in case it didnt stop. Luckily it stopped and it was beautiful and sunny for my ceremony!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had an outdoor ceremony and it didn’t rain until after we all arrived at the reception after we did our pictures 🙂 So over all the cloudiness worked well for our pictures, no squinting or glare. Our only rain back up was a tent and umbrella’s. It all worked out for us though 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes I was in total fear that our beautiful garden wedding would get rained out! Our wedding was in August and we got married in one of the college’s gorgeous gardens ( I teach there and got to use the spot for free!). I did have a back-up plan to have the ceremony at the conference center where we were having a simple reception afterwards. For at least two weeks before the wedding I stalked the weather web sites for predictions which changed every freakin’ day! I was a nervous wreck! In the end we had amazing weather for August – not too hot, not too humid and NO RAIN! I  was so happy!

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Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jwinnings: We are having an outdoor ceremony. We are renting tents though. You never know. Our venue doesn’t have a plan B for when it rains so the tents will come in handy. Even if it doesn’t rain, it will be nice to have the tents to keep the elements out.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m stressed about the rain, too.  We chose our venue because the grounds are so beautiful.  If it rains, a lot of that will be lost… not to mention the photo ops.  We decided we liked the venue enough that it was worth the gamble.

The venue has a tent though for the reception.  If it rains, we’ll just hold the ceremony under the tent, too.  Definitely have a Plan B.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had an outdoor ceremony in “sunny” California.  Unfortunately it was overcast and misty/drizzly all day.  It wasn’t enough for us to move the ceremony indoors, but I felt bad about my guests sitting outside.  Honestly though I was so wrapped up in the events of the day (the salon, first look, pictures) that I wasn’t really thinking about the weather.  I figured it’s nothing I can change so it’s not worth getting upset over.  We had a back up plan to move the ceremony indoors, but my mom made the final deciision to keep it outdoors because she loved the decorations and our arbor so much.  Everyone commented on how the drizzling stopped right when the ceremony started.  Sure my dress got muddy and dirty, but I figured I’d only wear it once.  And a lot of the dirt came out using Shout wipes after the ceremony.  Just make sure you have a concrete and do-able back up plan.

(Kristen Grinnell Photography)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m having an outdoor wedding and it originally was worried.  But, I have a tent on reservation for backup in case it does rain.  But, rain or shine I believe an outdoors wedding will be beautiful Smile

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re having an outdoor ceremony with a tented reception immediately after right next to the ceremony spot. Worst case scenario…if it rains…the ceremony gets moved under the tent. So there is a very available, ready backup plan. So that makes me feel better.

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