Rain on your wedding day - it's supposed to be good luck, but it's not what any bride dreams of, especially if they are looking at outdoor venue options.
There are things on your wedding day that are completely outside of your control and weather is one of those. However, putting a good plan in place will help you not stress over the "what ifs". The good news in Georgia is we don't often have full days of rain. There are often showers with breaks in between, and hopefully, one of those breaks will coordinate with your ceremony!
We do a couple of things at our venue to set up a rain plan. One, we always set up the outdoor ceremony. That way, if we do get a break, we can rush out to dry everything off and let you have the outdoor ceremony you wanted.
Two, we have a rain plan set at least a week in advance for you to approve. We show you the layout for the ceremony inside, talk through if you want to wait a few minutes if the skies look like they might clear, where family pictures will occur and where guests will mingle for cocktail hour.
Having a good plan in place is key no matter where your wedding takes place. The trickiest part is not the ceremony, but having guests separated and comfortable while you take your family and bridal party pictures. Some venues have multiple indoor locations so you can set up the ceremony in one, have cocktails in another and reception in a third. Others, like us, just have a single large space. The size of your wedding and how much time you want for pictures will determine if we do a full ceremony set up and then flip it for reception or do a smaller ceremony, let guests sit at the tables and adjust things during pictures.
Be sure you talk with the venue and your vendors about what additional staff or costs may be needed for each option.
Most importantly, remember the day is about getting married! As long as you and your fiance are husband and wife at the end of the day - that's what it's all about! My husband told me several times that there was room under an umbrella from the two of us and the pastor, and that was all that mattered. Knowing that his key focus was marrying me, kept me from worrying about what the weather might do.