I’m sitting at my desk here in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on a March day. A few weeks ago, we hit a high of almost 70 ° and now it’s snowing like crazy. Unpredictable as the weather, as they say. And I’ve said, a thousand times, what is the rain (or snow) plan?
There is nothing like a beautiful outdoor setting for a wedding. Especially here in the Poconos! It is romantic and inspiring to be surrounded by nature. Whether it is by a lake, in a field, the woods, or at one of the many beautiful resorts such as Mountain Springs Lake, Shawnee Inn, Skytop Lodge or The Stroudsmoor Country Inn. At venues such as these, there is always a good indoor alternative in case of rain. That is just one of the good reasons to choose a professional location. But when there is no appropriate back-up, a place and space to go to in case bad weather, what will you do?
If you are planning to get married in a backyard, by a river or stream or waterfalls, in a park or at someone’s home, think through all the details. You need a strong backup plan, one that you can feel good about. This is something the DIY couple may not think through quite enough, and I’m here with some tips.
You should consider renting a tent, and you cannot wait until the last minute (they need to be booked in advance). You may have to ‘bite the bullet’ and pay money for something you may not use. That can hurt, but not as much as getting rained out will hurt.
It’s not only rain, although that is by far the biggest problem, it could be wind, or even extreme heat that thwarts your beautifully imagined nuptials.
Take your back-up plan a bit further, and it can make all the difference. Here are a few more little tips:
Is there an arch or floral arrangement that can be moved and used for the backup location – if you are moving inside?
How about having some material, such as tulle, or a woven bamboo fence, to create a ‘vibe’ in an otherwise boring, back-up space. Have it on hand, just in case! Have friends at the ready to set it up quickly.
A few tables with flowers, or loaded up with those battery-style candles can create a cozy feeling for the back-up location.
The right size area rug can help differentiate the altar area from the rest of the tent or dance floor!
Think about what your photos will look like. Is there an eye-sore that needs to be concealed?
And if you are at a venue, whether a resort, restaurant, or B&B, don’t be afraid to ask questions and make you own suggestions with the coordinator there. They will be more than happy to accommodate you. If you want to bring a piece of furniture or other available ‘props’ – let them know what you’re thinking!
I recently asked if I could use a table I spotted in the hotel lounge for our ceremony. A friendly staff member happily carried it in, and it was perfect for the couple’s wine sharing ritual. It can be as simple as that
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say again and again: What is your rain plan?
Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the gorgeous photos!