Stormy weather planned on wedding day…worried!

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
3311 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Please don’t let rain “ruin” your day. No matter what the weather is like it will be magical. Try not to fixate on the weather report. 

Post # 3
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I hope you have great weather on your day! At the same time I hope semi-covered doesn’t mean some of your guests will get rained on during the reception if stormy weather happens. 😕 That would suck for them with no back up plan. 

Post # 4
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I mean, it rained all day on my wedding day, but it didn’t “ruin” my wedding because we were indoors. I think it’s a really bad idea to just hope that the weather will do what you want and have no contingency plan in place, because this is a totally avoidable potential disaster. 

Post # 5
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d come up with a Plan B as soon as possible— is there a nearby rec center or community building you can rent at the last minute? Another local bride in the same situation who might be willing to split the tent rental (one gets Saturday and one gets Sunday)? What suggestions does the venue have? With storms it becomes a safety issue, not just comfort.

Post # 6
7416 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Weather reports are so unreliable around here. They can’t even get it right on the day of.

That being said, I would come up with a plan B ASAP. I know you said tents are expensive but if I was a guest at an outdoor wedding with no cover, I would definitely leave if it started raining which would be a huge waste of money on your part then.

Post # 7
4496 posts
Honey bee

Weather won’t ruin your day.  But by that token, you are completely the one responsible for letting it ruin it and not being adequately prepared is part of that.  Anyone who plans an outdoor wedding needs to have a contingency plan, even if it is more expensive.  It’s just part of the hazards and cost of choosing to have your wedding in a place where you don’t get to control the variables, whether that heat, cold, rain, wind, etc.  So, I would dig into your bank account and get the tent rented ASAP.  You may not end up needing it because of rain, but at least you are 100% covered and it can be used for shade if it ends up being sunny.

Unless stormy weather means legit thunderstorms and not just rain – then I would get on the phone with any community center, VFW, hotel conference room asap and see if there is availability.

Post # 8
2092 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Don’t worry about it, what will happen will happen but honestly weather is not as huge of a concern as everyone makes it out to be. When we have a dinner cruise reception after eloping it was 90 degrees with thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches (tornado warnings a couple counties away). We still went it in the boat, had a great time – wind and all. Then the minute we got back to the dock it began to downpour. It made the night memorable and we had fun regardless. Weather was out of our control and we just rolled with it and made the best of it. Just make sure you have a plan B if anything is meant to be outdoors! 

Post # 9
6583 posts
Bee Keeper

I think you NEED a plan B. You cannot let your guests get rained on while they are there to support you! Rained on, wet grass, in nice clothes sounds like an awful time for your guests.

Can you put a deposit down a tent, and then if you need it you have it, and if not you just lose the deposit?

Post # 10
80 posts
Worker bee

I get married Friday and it’s supposed to rain here too. My venue has a covered area outside where the ceremony can be held overlooking a lake. I am a little disappointed because I feel that pictures will not be as beautiful but some things we cannot change.

Post # 12
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Our wedding is in a week and it says thunderstorms so we are having a plan B for an inside ceremony, so I think your plan with the reception space is great!

The thing that calms me is that rain is good luck and your day will be beautiful and perfect! Congrats!!

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