Post # 1
My FIN and I are venue shopping..we went to our first location this morning and we love the place. He loves it more than I do (he was ready to write the deposit check on the spot!) Even though we could easily have a beautiful wedding at this place (ceremony & reception) I am a little ify about the weather. We are planning for August 2012 with the ceremony being in a garden and the reception under a tent. I really don’t want to spend all this money and then the weather ruins our day completely-this particular venue doesn’t have an indoor backup plan. This place was my first choice, I’m happy FIN likes it too (I didn’t think he would) Now he’s set on this place rain or shine..but I just don’t know if doing an all outdoor, in the summer is fair to our guests (last Aug it was in the high 90-100 degrees)
What do you ladies think I should do? Shop for another venue (which would require us to compromise)…OR take a chance on the weather?
Post # 3
If they have a tent, you can put the walls up on the sides if it rains. You may just want to ask if they have a heater to put in the tent in case the rain causes it to get too cool. We got married outside and had our reception under a tent in September. It poured rain about halfway through dinner. We didn’t end up putting up the walls (no one from the rental company told us how, it wasn’t supplied by our venue), but there were 3 stone walls surrounding the tent anyways, so it was fine. If you’re worried about heat, ask the venue how they’ve dealt with it in the past. Maybe they have some big fans they could set up?
Post # 4
It never hurts to shop around a little more (you might be surprised and find a place you love more and has a back-up plan). If you love it and nothing else compares, then the weather issue is probably fine – just be sure to provide lots of cold, bottled water. If the venue doesnt have large fans, you can usually rents those from event rental companies if you think you might need them to cool off. You might consider a morning or evening event, rather than the middle of the day when it is hottest. Not sure how accurate they are, but the farmer’s almanac is calling for a really dry season this summer in my area (though I’m not sure if you’ll be able to get that info for 2012 yet.) Also, keep in mind that the guys wont be able to keep their suit jackets on for very long outdoors in the heat and you may want to include that it’s an outdoor reception on your invites so that guests can dress for the weather.
Post # 5
If you are not on board, continue looking. If choosing this venue doesn’t make you feel comfortable, it won’t be worth worrying about it until August 2012!
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! I’M going to continue to shop around and if/when I find something worth checking out I’ll bring the man with me lol. I wish I could be promised the perfect weather because I really want to do it outside-the gardens on this venue are beautiful, but we also didn’t take it into consideration that we live in farm country, so its possible during the summer the smell of manuer and stink bugs will also play a factor. I think I just convinced myself that indoor is the way to go! Now to find a spot that isn’t going to make me feel like I compromising my vision.
Thanks again ladies