Well everyone, our snow storm turned to rain yesterday, and now we have sunny skies here in Southern Utah! Our varying weather has kept me cooped up in the house most of the week; part of me feels like I’ve tried to stop being human for the past week. Although, there is still hope for me! Even though the weather has kept me inside, it was also my inspiration for this week’s post. Heck yeah for inspiration! Anyway, when your getting married, it’s always important to have a plan B. If you’re like me, you end up having a plan D to backup your plan A. Anybody like me out there?
Okay, moving on. We all have to remember that we are only human; which means that, unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. But, hey, weather isn’t a bad thing! Now, here’s the thing; we all want our wedding day to be perfect, sunny, not to hot, not too cold. That’s okay! Again, we are all human, it’s ingrained in our DNA to want the best, right? Well, what happens if the dreaded R word comes about in the weekly forecast for your wedding. Well, Here’s my answer: Embrace it like there’s no tomorrow!
Okay, before we embrace the rain, and make the most out of a not so ideal situation, it’s always best to create a plan B; whether you are getting married in June, or getting married in December. Now when I say Plan B, I don’t mean having a whole different backup venue. If you’re in the group of couples where your ceremony is outside and reception is inside, think about creating a Plan B for your reception site, in which you could hold your ceremony in the same area. Not ideal, I know; but, hey, you’re marrying your best friend. At the end of the day, you truly won’t care that you had to get married in your reception area. You may even end up liking that set up better; you just never know! Just think of all of the possibilities a venue like this has to offer if you needed it for your ceremony too!
If you were like me and had a full outdoor ceremony and reception site, you have to get a little more creative. I got married on a lavender farm that was run by a local family in my area; AKA my dream venue. While they had a permanent canopy, it wasn’t waterproof; rather, it was water resistant. This meant that, if it did rain, my guests were going to get wet. So, we created a Plan B. This plan was going to be using the commercial barn they sell products out of during lavender season. It certainly was not my first choice to use, but if I had to, that was my plan B. Then, my Plan C, if the barn wouldn’t work, was going to be renting tarps to put over the canopy, and still use the reception site.
So, when should you consider creating a Plan B? The answer: The day you start looking at venues. Yes, rain is somewhat seasonal, but it can happen at anytime. If you are looking at an outdoor venue, it is more than okay to ask the venue coordinator, owner, manager, if they have a rain plan already. In almost every instance, you are not the first couple to get married at the venue of your dreams. As this is the case, it is almost more than likely that your venue already has a rain alternative. It is a common question that should be asked, so if I were you (which I was), I would ask what this alternative is (which I did). Think of it this way, asking your venue early means a little more stress can be taken off you, as you know there is already a Plan B in place!
P.S. If you are getting married on private property, creating a Plan B is very important in the early stages of planning, as you need to consider what rentals will be most ideal for you on your wedding day.
Okay, so now that we have our Plan B in place, we can embrace the weather! I mean, seriously, have you seen those rainy wedding day pictures? Well, no; just raining day pictures in general? How awesome are they?! I mean, just look at this picture!
If you do decide to fully embrace that weather (which I think you should), why not give your photographer creative control of what pictures to take. This could be a total win-win scenario. Here’s why: first, your photographer gets to add a picture that they are proud of to their portfolio. Two: it could be the best picture you have of your wedding day! You just never know! Last, but certainly not least: Props. Rain allows you to use props, like clear umbrellas. In my opinion, this type of umbrella adds a little romance, am I right? I fangirl over those pictures; I think they are the coolest things!
Your wedding day is the one day where you get to be as creative as you want. I know that anxiety comes with it too, as you want it to be absolutely perfect. Well, guess what? Rain can make it absolutely perfect, and you wouldn’t even know! When looking for a venue, ask if they have a rain plan in place. Asking may mean that you can spend less time focusing on change, and more time on the small details you want to get right. If they don’t have one, spend time creating one. I promise you won’t regret it. Stay strong, it is all going to be worth it. And, in the end, don’t forget to embrace your surroundings because you’re AUTHENTIC. ADVENTURE. LIVING.