How do you plan in case of rain on your wedding day? From March through mid-November, most of our couples choose to have outdoor weddings. Our manicured grounds with colorful trees, shrubs and flowers set the stage for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and are surrounded by rolling hills of green grass and large evergreens.
When you plan on an outdoor ceremony at your wedding venue, you always need a “wedding rain plan”! At the Rand-Bryan House, you have 2 options:
As long as you have no more than approximately 100 guests, our sunroom provides a gorgeous alternative in case of rain on your wedding day. With the floor to ceiling windows, your indoor ceremony still looks out over the grounds so you almost feel you are outside (without the unpleasant weather elements).
Once again this past weekend, the forecast threatened rain for our wedding festivities. As we planned, I reflected back on a wonderful “rain plan” wedding this spring for Sarah & David. They took advantage of Cinco de Mayo falling on the day before their wedding to begin their festivities at the Rand-Bryan House. After their wedding party rehearsed, everyone enjoyed appropriate food and beverages for their rehearsal dinner to celebrate the occasion (check out the colorful pictures of this fun evening). With rain in the forecast, the decision was made to plan on an indoor wedding and reception and the wedding party and family did part of their set up that evening so there would be less to do on the wedding day. The arbor, made by the groom for their ceremony, was just as pretty at the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Rand-Bryan House sunroom as it would have been on the lawn. The wedding day brought showers off and on with enough dry times to get wedding party pictures done on the grounds. Though it was pouring rain as guests arrived, a bright ray of sunshine managed to shine through the window on the bride & groom as they were saying their vows! The transition to the indoor reception went smoothly as tables were set and decorated in the colorful rustic decor that the bride had crafted while guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the porch. A BBQ buffet was a hit with the guests, followed by an evening of dancing and celebrating. Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. White as they begin their married life!
Those early spring days seem long ago as we flirt with 100 degree June temps but we are enjoying looking back as we catch up on blogging our spring weddings. It was a dreary first day of spring but Jo Ann & her friends and family had planned a day that would be warm, colorful & full of love! Bright coral decorations splashed against a white and silver background “popped” on this cloudy March day and the wedding party carried out the color scheme with coral against black & white. It was definitely a day filled with love as all gathered to support Todd & Jo Ann as they blended their families. We wish them many days of married bliss!
Most couples are hoping for an outdoor ceremony, especially in the spring and fall. With NC weather, the temperatures are usually comfortable for a ceremony March-November with the occasional bonus warm winter day like we had in December 2015. However, there’s always a chance of showers so a rain plan is a necessity. With a guest count under 100, you have a beautiful back-up plan with our sunroom, a bright spot even on a dreary day! Lots of times you can still get some dry time for photography on our lovely grounds. These pictures from Spencer & Alex’s November wedding show what a great job they did in going to “plan B” when it rained on their special day.