Lessons Remembered…

I had two wonderful weddings this weekend at two of my favorite venues, Skytop Lodge and Mountain Springs Lake.  While we all want to have everything under control, especially on a day as important as this, the weather is clearly not something in that realm. So today’s blog is a tale of two weddings.

At Skytop it was overcast and damp. It had rained the night before but the forecast was giving indications that there would be a clearing during the exact time the ceremony was scheduled to take place – out-of-doors – need I add? So, the chairs were all set in the garden, flowers arranged and details in place when, lo and behold, about five minutes before the scheduled time, the drizzle began. Now here’s the good part. When you have your wedding at a place as thoroughly professional as Skytop you have a great team and a great back-up plan.  One of the world’s best wedding coordinators, Maureen, sprung into action and before you knew it lots of staff appeared and the chairs were all brought up onto the porch and wiped down. The ceremony began only 15 minutes behind schedule, which, in wedding time, is not late at all!

The other wedding at Mountain Springs Lake found us with gorgeous sunny skies and mild temperatures. The weather could not have been more perfect. But for the record let me say that the Mountain Springs Lake back-up plan for rain is equally good, because their large and beautiful banquet room has windows from floor to ceiling and makes a great backdrop for the ceremony. I have officiated there on rainy days and holding the ceremony inside was never disappointing.

So what do I take from all this? Just a friendly reminder that you must have a great back-up plan if you are planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception. Not every wedding is at Skytop or MSL – a backyard wedding or smaller venue may not have the staff or resources to provide you with the perfect back-up plan. That doesn’t mean you can’t have one! Accurately picture your ceremony if it rains (I know you don’t want to do this) – and if you don’t like what you see, think of ways to make it look and feel better. Can you add rugs, flowers, candles or a curtain backdrop? Make the spot cozy and inviting. Assign tasks to your bridal party, especially groomsmen, so they can spring into action as well, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for this important moment in life.

While we can’t control everything in life, we can have a good back-up plan!

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