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Tip #1: Outdoor Wedding Blues?

April 23, 2010

Tip #1

(I’ll be posting a series of tips for brides– be sure to check back often for more great tips!)

Hosting an outdoor wedding? Be sure you have a back-up plan– mother-nature does not always go according to plan. In fact, this past summer when I was at my cottage in Northern Michigan, a wedding was taking place on the beach in front of my Mother’s garden. We watched, in sorrow, as the weather steadily got worse. And five minutes, literally FIVE minutes prior to the ceremony, rain started to fall. Luckily it was light rain and the guests had come prepared. Everyone whipped out umbrellas, including the wedding party. It was absolutely lovely and made for great pictures, I’m sure. But what if you get heavy rain? Renting a tent, though smart, is expensive… and if it rains REALLY hard the ground will become so muddy and soaked that guests will be very uncomfortable (and get really dirty shoes).

Have a back-up plan. Many brides get married outdoors but also have an inside location handy for either the reception, or as an emergency back-up for the wedding. Tables can be pushed aside and a ceremony can be rushed indoors! But only if you’ve thought it out ahead of time. Hiring a wedding planner is a good way to make sure this detail is covered! Most weddings have snares and surprises– don’t let weather be yours.

Remember, the ideal outdoor wedding location has a back-up plan. Even in the middle of the hottest of summers.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2010 4:21 pm

    Very good advice! It’s something you MUST consider.

  2. May 9, 2010 4:22 pm

    Very true!

    I am marrying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and fortunately they provide an inside back-up in case the weather does not cooperate.

    • May 9, 2010 5:05 pm

      Wonderful! I love it when I hear that a venue can provide a back-up if mother nature is not being so kind

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