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You Can Stand Under My Umbrella…Ella…Ella…

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The sun was gleaming. Your groom is beaming. There is a slight breeze as you hear the classical trio play the processional softly.


What do you do? Well at that point, it’s not really much you can do. But if hindsight was 20/20, what should you have done?

1.) Secured a tent.

2.) Secured a backup location.
I know it may seem like an expensive hassle at the time, but the repercussions are just too great for not doing so. If your wedding is outside, and it begins to rain, let me demystify some of those things that most brides think will happen:

1.) Wedding venues will have your backup location ready to go PRIOR to the wedding should they foresee inclimate weather. They do not however setup your backup location as a mirror image of your outdoor event if begins to rain/sleet/hail during your event so that you can keep on partying like it’s 1999.

2.) Most venues take the force majeure approach to these type of situations– they make the final call to move an event indoors, whether you like or not. This may suck in the meantime, but they still have an obligation to fulfill to you and are doing their best to do so with the situation they have been given.

3.) In addition to the above, I don’t care how many forecasts you have checked– if your reception site says it’s moved in, it’s moved in period. Or you just don’t have your wedding (I have seen this almost happen before). Remember there are other people to consider– elderly guests, children, babies, your bridal party, and your vendors. Your vendors don’t appreciate having their equipment messed up. At all.

4.) Be a good girl scout– Be prepared. Always have a backup. Even though it may be your DREEEAAAMMM to have an outdoor wedding, consider alternate setups for your back up location so that you are happy either way. Try to choose arrangements that will look great in your back up location as well as your outdoor location, that way, nothing will look terribly out of place.

5.) Be sure to discuss these possibilities with the salesperson at your venue. You may also want to have a tent company come out and give you an estimate as well as some ideas.
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