Post # 1
I’ve been doing preliminary research on venues for an early fall 2012 wedding, and so far I’ve been considering only venues where we could do an indoor reception. This is for two reasons: 1) I’ve heard tent weddings are a pretty big hassle in terms of all the rentals you have to do, and don’t represent any kind of budget savings, and 2) I’m really concerned about poor weather. I’ve seen some venues with beautiful grounds that include a covered outdoor pavilion on their grounds, which look like a gorgeous place to hold a reception–except I just can’t stop thinking, what if it rains? What if we have rotten luck and wind up with a nasty storm with rain blowing sideways? Even if there’s a roof overhead, I don’t want my guests huddling in the middle of the pavilion cause the wind is blowing rain into the outer perimeter of the space. Anybody have any thoughts?
Post # 3
We plan on having an outdoor ceremony late October 2012……..in MinneSNOWta! I’m hoping it doesn’t snow but if it does, the venue for our ceremony has a chapel available for use as back up. Our reception will be indoors due to the time of year. I think it’s a safe route to take when it’s that late in the year, nothing wrong with that at all.
Post # 4
@starbuck: In the midwest the bees can be horrible in the fall, especially around food and drink. This, combined with worries about bad storms, made me completely discount an outdoor reception. We might still do an outdoor cocktail hour, but it can easily be moved inside if the bees are bad (which we’ll hopefully know before hand) or in case of rain.
Post # 5
You can research venues that have a back up plan for inclement weather. I don’t recommend a tent, though. I went to a wedding recently in a tent and it was really hard to control the temperature, the sound was awful, and the tent was white, the linens were white. It was quite plain looking.
Post # 6
We are doing a tented reception (and ceremony is there is bad weather). Our tent has walls, though, in case it is raining. It’s a bit more nerve-wracking (especially for me, I’m such a worrier!) But I had my heart set on one and it has actually helped me just ‘let go’. There are a lot of rentals but we were able to get freebies from local churches and high school, and our caterer is bringing everything else. It is saving us $$ in the long run because we are able to provide an open bar by buying our own liquor and our caterer is very reasonable. Good luck!!