Embrace the rain on your wedding day! Sounds crazy, right? Who, in the world, would wish for rain on their wedding day– probably the most important day of your life? If you are a bride and you are planning for an outside wedding, probably the number one fear is “will it rain on my wedding day.” And with good reason, a rainy wedding day is probably the biggest fear that any bride and groom might have. You are in good company. It is recommended by smart industry pros everywhere, to have a backup plan. Actually, this would be applicable if you were doing either an outside or an inside wedding, to a lesser degree. While no one typically wishes for a rainy day wedding day — be prepared with a contingency plan, just in case. What steps or considerations can be taken in anticipation of bad weather? Repeating — have a backup plan — a Plan B, if you will. When searching for a venue, ask that question? For instance, if you are considering Sampson’s Hollow, an outdoor venue in the Great Smoky Mountains, ask “ what is the backup plan in case of rain or even snow? ” Fair question –right?
I won’t go into great detail, but as the owner of Sampson’s Hollow, I can tell you we are prepared. No longer do our clients have to worry about whether to reserve a big tent for their outdoor wedding or reception. We’ve got your guests covered — literally! And it’s a permanent structure, not a tent. The problem with a tent is that you may not want to have the expense for a tent and then not need it if the weather is nice. And in the South, being in a tent after the rain seems to create more of a sauna experience. Not always, mostly in the hotter summer months. But, (many brides still ask), how are we going to do pictures or have our sparkler exit or keep our hair dry, etc, etc. Great questions. We recommend planning as if it were going to rain, but don’t lose sleep having anxiety attacks about the “what-if’s and “now whats). As I mentioned before, EMBRACE the RAIN! Be prepared, just in case. Your wedding photography can still be amazing. Even more memorable. Wet weather presents the opportunity to have fun and dance in the rain, Stomp in water puddles, wear bright yellow rain slickers (think or watch the old movie, “Singing in the Rain.” Bring rain boots and ask your attendants and parents to do so as well. How cute of a picture would that be and what wonderful memories. to have for the future. In the Great Smoky Mountains, there is a legendary blue smoke visible (first noticed by the Cherokees). Dolly Parton wrote a song about the mysterious mist in these mountains in which she was raised. There will also be a rainbow somewhere in the sky. That’s a wedding accessory that you can’t book in advance!
And of course, rain is considered as good luck for the married couple. Legend and lore share stories of the good fortune found by a bride and groom if they have a rainy day wedding. Rain is symbolic in that it brings necessary water to the earth for growth and fertile crops. Farmers who were limited by rain for days? There’s a reason that a farming family had lots of children. And what about the custom of “tying the knot.” A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). It’s a fact that when a rope or any woven material gets wet, it becomes more and more challenging to separate. The same principle might apply to a married couple, that when the rain and challenging times come, their bond just gets stronger. And what will you say about your wedding day in future years (as you tell the story to your children) — you made it through the rain (Thanks Barry Manilow for that song). Consider also this: when your wedding day has come and gone, and your outdoor wedding has relieved you of a lot of the weather-related decision making — you will still have the same result as on a pretty day — you are married to your one true love. Isn’t that what the wedding day is all about?