I was thinking about the gorgeous weather that the South (Auburn, Ala.) has been blessed with in the past couple of days. The wedding I did this weekend was so lucky. It was held in a church downtown and then the country club in Auburn. For a February wedding, they had 70 degree weather. They were able to have all the doors open to the outside at their reception. People were more willing to stay and talk with the bride and groom. Unreal!
That’s what is so crazy about this area. Just one week ago, we had 30 degree highs. So, you can’t exactly count on temps this time of year. In contrast, you can expect 95-100 degree highs in July. No doubt.
I say all that to bring attention to the fact that I seem to do more outdoor weddings than anything else. Or at least there is some outdoor part of things. People here seem bound and determined to use outdoor space if at all possible.
I just want to say that you need to think through the outdoor situation. Unless you are getting married in the tropics, there is reason to believe that there is more than a slight chance that your January wedding will be cold. And rain is always a possibility. I have seen more than a few weddings turn not so great because someone has planned a lot of the activities for the outdoors and then weather didn’t cooperate. Please don’t think that you can outsmart the weather.
Here’s what I’m trying to get at. Take this past weekend’s wedding. Instead of her planning on using any outdoor space at the club – which would require having heaters and possibly tents – she planned on everything being indoors. And, as a wonderful bonus, she got fabulous weather and everyone got an extra nice time at the reception. Now, say she had planned on using the outside space – weather be darned. Well, she would have had to rent patio heaters (which aren’t great) and what if the weather had been seriously frigid? No one would want to go out there anyway. Then, any drinks or food that she put outside would have been wasted. Sad.
So, here’s the deal. It is really tough to fight the weather. If you decide to take that on, you are going to have to pay for it, literally. If you have to fall back on your “back up plan” that what your wedding will look like – a back up plan. Isn’t it better to just plan you wedding with your guest’s utmost comfort in mind then have a nice surprise if you get great weather?
*I’m not trying to throw cold water on any outdoor wedding wishes. I love outdoor weddings. I’m just trying to get everyone to be realistic about what comes with that plan.