Ever been to a wedding that was outdoors, and instead of listening to your friends' sweet vows, you're too busy staring at the dark, ominous clouds in the distance? If you have, then you already know the importance of today's Tuesday Tip. If you haven't, trust us when we tell you how lucky you are.
When it comes to weddings, there are no right or wrong ways to do anything. As a couple, it's your day and your decisions, and just about anything goes, but if you're having an outdoor wedding, there's one thing that's required of you, which brings us to this week's Tuesday Tip:
Have a rain plan!
We hear it all the time:
"We're not going to worry about it." "It's NOT going to rain." "We'll just figure it out the week of wedding if the forecast looks bad."
If you're set on having an outdoor wedding, then take that into consideration from the very beginning. Look for venues that have an easily accessible indoor option as a backup plan. If your heart is set on a venue, and they don't have a functional indoor space, then plan for a tent that's easily big enough to fit all of your guests, the food, the bar, and the dance floor. Book the tent early on, the same way you would book a venue, and budget accordingly (click to see our previous tips on Making the Budget and Cutting the Budget).
In the event that you have to use your backup plan, we hope that you've heeded our previous advice on hiring a planner, and they will be able to handle the last minute changes for vendors and the set-up.
Here are just a few of the disastrous reasons you should have a rain plan:
- Your guests WILL go home if they have to sit in the rain.
- We don't know what your dress is made out of, but if it's tulle, it's ruined, and if it's satin, you're going to feel like you weigh a ton.
- Nobody likes soggy food (or cake).
- Your rental companies will be furious when you return soaked decor, which will inevitably lead to the doubling or tripling of your bill.
- Your vendors probably have a clause in their contract covering themselves from the madness. Can you blame them? Photographers, videographers, DJs. They spend thousands of dollars on equipment....not to have it get wet.
- There wasn't any reason for you to pay for hair and makeup if you were going to wash it all away in the rain.
Convinced yet? Good, because as planners, one of the worst things we can hear a couple say is "it's not going to rain."