But thanks to some quick thinking by the groom’s family, everyone still managed to stay warm and dry while having a good time. Here, their tips for salvaging an outdoor wedding when rain and cold put a damper on things, plus a few photos of fun ideas for any country reception – rain or shine.
· Put together a backup plan in advance. It may sound obvious, but to avoid any hang-ups the day of the celebration, our friend’s family made just-in-case arrangements with a tenting company well ahead of time. That way, when the weather didn’t cooperate the morning of the event, all they had to do was make one quick call.
The pros came right over, set up a spacious tent on a cemented (not muddy) surface, and even outfitted it with plenty of heaters and cute twinkle lights. Had the bride and groom waited until that morning, or even the day before, to research shelter options, things might not have worked out as easily.
For simple, casual favors, the groom’s parents had yellow tumblers printed with Jamie and Laura’s names, along with a message of love from family and friends.
· Avoid a waterlogged parking area. One way to quickly ruin everyone’s fun is for guests to show up with wet, mud-covered feet. Since parking in the middle of soggy fields wouldn’t have been pleasant, the family instead asked guests to park at a nearby train station. They rented a van, stuck a (waterproof) “Wedding Taxi” sign on the door, and graciously shuttled guests to and from the farm.
Vine-adorned tiers of desserts, including red velvet, white chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes, added a homey touch.
· Rethink the menu. The couple’s cocktail hour lineup of sangrias and veggie appetizers was quickly reworked to feature hot chocolate with peppermint and marshmallows, plus creamy, warm crab dips. And when the supply of insulated paper cups ran out, the family improvised with sets of mugs they planned to get rid of anyway. The mismatched mugs were cute and colorful against the backdrop of such a gray day, and guests got to take them home as extra wedding favors.
Lantern centerpieces and LED candles created a soft glow against the yellow table linen.
· Keep people moving! The DJ’s fun mixes of high-energy country and rock music helped us warm up, or at least forget how cold we really were. In the end, I guess we still enjoyed a great fall wedding – even if the weather felt more like winter!
A wedding ceremony slideshow played in the background as guests danced the night away in the barn.
Do you have any rainy day rescue ideas or stories to share? Are you worried it will rain on your wedding day?
(Photo Credits: Stephen Walrath & Heather Warren)