Rain Plans

Good morning!  I hope you all watched the Royal Wedding!  Kate and I woke up at 4 am on Friday morning to watch the wedding as the world watched.  I didn’t want to DVR it and see it later–I wanted to see her as the rest of the world did!!  Her dress was simply amazing and so was Pippa’s.  We all know the deep-V neck and sleeved dresses are going to come back!  I have officially decided that’s what I want–and no, I’m not even engaged.  Anywho, speaking of Great Britain, we’re going to discuss rain plans today.  It’s a pretty obvious idea, but we get lots of comments, questions, concerns, and freak outs about rain plans, so we’re going to discuss options.

First Option: Put a tent on reserve.

If you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception, many rental companies will put a tent on reserve for you in the event the day gets rained out.  The rental company will need to know the day before (some companies will say the day of or 2-3 days before, ask the rental company) so they know to bring the tent with the rest of your rentals.  Don’t worry, you won’t be charged for the tent if you choose not to use it.  There are a few things to know about having a wedding in the rain: 1; it will most likely be windy and blow some rain inside the tent, 2; At some point, you and all of your guests will have to leave the tent, and 3; if you are on a grassy area, you may get some running water inside the tent, depending.

Second Option: Secure a second location for the outdoor ceremony or reception.

Many brides choose to have either their ceremony or reception outdoors.  If this is the case, you may want to have another location available in the event it rains.  So you may want to choose an indoor location that is close to the original outdoor venue so guests won’t have far to travel if need be.  This option will cost you extra to put deposits on two locations, but for some brides who live in iffy weather, such as Seattle or Portland, you may get rain before you know it!

Third Option: Provide umbrellas and/or grin and bear it.

We’ve all seen the weddings that provide umbrellas for the bridal party and guests and it’s so fun!  If you think your guests will enjoy umbrellas and possibly getting a little wet, all in the name of love–I’d say go for it!  This is your big wedding day and you want this to be a memory to last a lifetime.  It will definitely be a story to tell to have all of your guests with umbrellas in the middle of a rain storm!

Whether you choose one of these options or another altogether, a Plan B is always necessary (sometimes Plan C, D, E, and F) for a smooth wedding day without hiccups.

Love, Laughter, and Joy,

Courtney Shaver



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