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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Q & A: Rain Plan

Reader Question: I totally dig the way you planned your wedding and kept costs in check and all that jazz. I'd love to do something similar and have full faith we could do it, my only question and concern is... what about rain? Did you have a back up plan or anything like that?

For the longest time, we didn't have a rain plan for our outdoor ceremony and reception. I figured we might be able to squish into the lobby/living room of the Sunshine Mountain Lodge for the reception, but it would have sucked. And doing that for the ceremony would have been nearly impossible.

We didn't have a rain plan because I didn't want to pay money for something that we probably weren't going to use. Also, one of my best friends went to a college in the Pacific Northwest and she said graduations always took place outside and it always rained. People just brought umbrellas. Per her advice, we added "Please bring an umbrella" to our wedsite.

However, as the day got closer and closer, I started to panic more and more.

Luckily, Meeker Park Lodge (the B&B that let us have the ceremony by their lake) agreed to let us use their rec room (for free!) in case of rain. Honestly, I think we lucked out with this free offer because we went with a location that doesn't typically do weddings. They were willing to cut us some slack. Phew!

In the end, the rain stayed away. Hooray!

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Marina said...

Rainy weddings have some of the best pictures ever. Umbrellas are great, and there was one wedding, I can't remember where I saw it, where everyone helped hold up a big tarp over their heads... Not for the elegant-minded, but it looked really fun and silly.

I'm also planning on reminding guests to wear flat shoes--spiky heels are deadly on muddy ground.

Charlotte said...

An upside of going with our religious officiant, she agreed that in the case of 'Hurricane Wedding' we could use the church and Parish Hall. We probably would have had to pay more if we did that, but the "reservation" was free.

We had a tent for dinner which we could have used during a light sprinkle.

Thankfully we had perfect weather and didn't need these plans.

Megbot said...

thanks for the response! I'm still nervous about rain, elderly family members and whatnot. I think I'm going to do what you did and try to find a really, really low cost 'rain backup'

Thanks again.

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