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Bringing the Outdoors In: What to do With Rain on Your Wedding Day
Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular and itís no
wonder why. With nature bringing its own decorations and the
beautiful sun shining down on you, not to mention that thereís just
something so sweet and romantic about being married outside, getting
married outside seems like a very, well, natural choice. But what if
itís not so picture perfect and bad weather threatens to spoil your
big day? Itís been considered for years to be good luck if it rains
on your wedding day but you may not see that at the time. Never
fear, though. There are many tips that you can use if clouds start
The first thing you must do is ensure that you have a back-up plan.
Make arrangements at an indoor location just in case of bad weather.
Choose a nearby hotel space, a church, or other facility that will
hold a large group of people. Find out from this contingency venue
if there will need to be separate facilities for the ceremony and
the reception. Book them and find out all the details just as you
would if you were planning on having that as the only venue for your
wedding. Do ask them though if there is a discount or if some of
your money can be refunded if you donít end up having to use it. Be
sure to include this second location on the invitations so that you
donít need to meet everyone at the first location beforehand.
If finding an indoor place to have the festivities slips your mind and it
rains on your wedding day, there are still many things that you can do. The
first is to bring items that will make your guests feel more comfortable. The
first of course, being a tarp that will cover the guests and you, your
betrothed, and the officiate. This will keep most of the rain away. Make sure
that the tarp is sturdy and strong enough to stand up to some fairly heavy rain.
Other items that you may want to bring for your guests include umbrellas,
towels, and a few extra raincoats. Have these ready at the place where guests
will arrive so they donít need to get soaked before arriving at their seats.
Although many couples about to get married try to get as much done in advance
as possible so they can focus on themselves during the big day, try not to do
too much outdoors beforehand. Itís not really that much of a challenge for the
wedding planner to be at the site a little early to set up the arch and anything
else you will be using during the ceremony and reception but it is a slightly
bigger deal to have to haul things away in the rain and be left with nothing to
And lastly, keep the focus on the meaning of the day. Donít let raindrops
ruin your wedding day for you! There is always something that can be done and
with just a little creativity and advance planning, you can make your guests and