by Marlise Jay of Studio J Photography
It’s raining. Actually, it’s pouring. When I woke up one recent morning and heard the rain on the roof, I breathed a sigh of relief that Studio Jay was not doing a wedding that day. But, alas, there must have been many a wedding taking place on that drizzly day. Decades ago the tradition was to conduct the wedding ceremony and the reception in a church building. Though many couples still choose to marry in their church, the trend these days is for ceremonies and/or receptions to be held outdoors. At least that’s true in sunny Central Oregon where it NEVER rains. Well, except for that day. And the day before that one.
When planning an outdoor wedding, having a Plan B is a must. Most likely you won’t have to engage Plan B, but at least the back-up will offer some peace of mind. Studio Jay provided the DJ and sound for a wedding last weekend that was held in the groom’s aunt’s backyard. It was a beautiful landscaped oasis surrounded by the natural juniper and sagebrush of Central Oregon. While the couple had no indoor alternative, they did put a large wedding tent on reserve in case of inclement weather. The tent was cancelled with the sunny forecast, but having that Plan B was smart.
Only one wedding comes to mind that Studio Jay was a part of when the weather took a turn for the worse. The beautiful ceremony went without a hitch in an outdoor park. But during the post-ceremony wedding photographs, the wind picked up and a storm blew in almost faster than we could get the gear and the bride out of the weather. I actually thought it was making for some amazing dramatic images, but the bridal party thought otherwise. Fortunately, the reception had been set up in a barn on the property and we all enjoyed the party sans rain and wind.
Planning an outdoor wedding? Here are some Studio Jay suggestions:
1. Have an easy to execute Plan B. A tent, a barn, a shelter, a church basement. Then you won’t be scrambling at the last minute if mother nature decides to have a mood swing. Say the word and let your wedding planner or wedding day coordinator make the switch.
2. Don’t get stressed if you need to execute Plan B. You are entitled to feel upset, but then take a deep breath and try to move on. Remember, you have no control over the weather and your attitude will set the mood for the rest of the day. An ‘adventure’ may make your event even more memorable.
3. Embrace whatever happens. A perfect wedding does not necessarily mean perfect weather. Always, always, always love the day!
Tell us about your outdoor wedding Plan B
- What is your Plan B for your upcoming wedding?
- Did you have a wedding where you needed to use your Plan B?
- Did you have a wedding that needed a Plan B but didn’t have one?
We’d love to hear about your weddings! Please share your experiences in the comments below.