Rain on your wedding day? 5 tips to save the day.

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).
  • For larger events, tents become the back up plan.

This past spring and summer, with quite a few damp and dreary days, resulted in several rain plans. See how pretty it can still be? Rain on your wedding day

If you are planning ahead for a 2019 outdoor wedding, we’ll review a plan for rain on your wedding day just in case it’s needed.  Here’s 5 quick tips to reduce weather-related stress:

  1. Develop an alternate location for your outdoor ceremony in case of rain.
  2. Choose decorations that will work well in primary and secondary ceremony locations (i.e., an arbor that can be set up outside or inside).
  3. Review alternative plans with vendors so everyone understands both plans and how they are impacted.
  4. Determine responsibilities for rain plan logistics (i.e., venue staff or caterer move tables and chairs between ceremony and reception).
  5. Buy some fun umbrellas! You’ll definitely want some outdoor photos in the rain.

 


Ceremony on Rand-Bryan House front lawn

Sunshine on Ashley & Courtney’s outdoor ceremony

With bright sunshine warming the grounds of the Rand-Bryan House most of the day on this April Saturday, late afternoon heat brought on a brief shower just before wedding time for Ashley & Courtney.  Not to worry…..chairs toweled off and ready to go in time for “here comes the bride”!  Nature wasn’t done yet as she offered a rainbow and a bald eagle in flight during the outdoor ceremony.  A delightful cocktail hour followed as guests enjoyed the porch and grounds for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with string music in the background from Save the Date Music.  Catering by Design’s dishes beckoned guests inside for a delicious buffet dinner with dancing, cake and fellowship to follow. Wishing the new Mr. & Mrs. Evans lots of happiness!


Outdoor wedding ceremony & brunch reception on the perfect spring day for Theresa & Steve

We still have some ideal spring wedding dates open for 2017 and are enjoying meeting with couples planning their special days.  Hope all of them get a day like this one earlier this year! A late Sunday morning outdoor ceremony, mimosas on the porch, a delightful brunch reception by Unforgettable Food Affairs and kids of all ages enjoying the grounds—–it was the perfect day for Theresa & Steve’s wedding at the Rand-Bryan House.  Late April provided ideal temperatures for hanging out on the gorgeous grounds at our wedding venue surrounded by rolling green pastures and evergreens.  The bride’s talented sister-in-law led the plan for the elegant shabby chic decor which suited the historic farmhouse setting.  There were lots of special touches to make this event enjoyable for all, including a kids’ activity table on the front lawn.  The bride’s friend & officiant, Stephanie Shaffer, added another special, personal touch as she performed the ceremony. This was a beautiful start to what we hope will be a beautiful marriage!


Shabby Chic outdoor wedding for Samantha & Drew

 

 

Wedding festivities for Samantha & Drew started at the Rand-Bryan House with their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for their wedding party and family. The rehearsing was pretty quick so everyone could enjoy drinks followed by a casual cookout with some cornhole on the side.  Thankfully, on the wedding day, the rain showers we were hoping to avoid stayed away so everyone could enjoy the outdoor ceremony under blue skies.  After cocktails and yard games on the lawn, the guests were invited into the house for a delicious southern buffet catered by Backyard Bistro.  The historic country home was the perfect setting for the shabby chic decor that the bride had been crafting for months.  An evening of dancing and fun (including a visit from Mr. & Ms. Wuf) ended with a bubble exit and the newlyweds were off to their new life. We loved having you at the Rand-Bryan House, Mr. & Mrs. Gay!  Thanks for sharing pictures by Tee Wayne Photography.


Rashida & Malcolm’s rainy/lucky day wedding

 

This spring’s weather has required more than the usual amount of contingency planning.  With a strong rain forecast, Rashida & Malcolm and their planner, Jocelyn with A Paradigm Shift Events, decided on a tent for their outdoor ceremony.  On a day that saw showers on and off, it was never wet at the critical times—dry for the ceremony, the cocktail hour and for the sparkler departure. Some sprinkles during the indoor reception didn’t interfere with the fun. Sometimes gray days provide the backdrop for the colors to shine and that was the case on this day.  The bright greens, blues and purples of the wedding party attire, the flowers by Fallon’s, linens  and the surrounding landscape all blended for a beautiful visual inside and out!  After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the porch and lawn, guests were delighted to find City BBQ  and their buffet inside.  A great day culminated with dancing to the always entertaining Jason of Styus SE and a sparkler exit.  Rashida & Malcolm, we’re hoping that it’s true for you that rainy wedding days bring good luck! Thanks to One Vision Photography for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!


Bride & Groom at Rand-bryan House

Colorful & festive outdoor wedding blends cultures for Nandini & Favian

 

We love sharing our venue with clients and guests from many different backgrounds.  It’s always such fun to see them honor the traditions of their native countries as the bride and groom bring their friends & families together.  After last weekend’s celebration representing the customs of Nigeria and Peru, we’ve been thinking back to a special wedding day on May 1. After lots of contingency planning for rain that was anticipated, Nandini & Favian got the break they hoped for and had their outdoor ceremony under blue skies.  Once the vows were said, the guests enjoyed cocktails on the grounds and then made their way to the tented reception for dinner and dancing. This celebration blended the cultures of both families with traditions, attire, menus and music from Mexico and India and was a fun-filled evening for all.  We’re wishing these newlyweds lots of happiness!


Sarah & David’s indoor wedding

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!


“First day of spring” wedding blends families for Todd & Jo Ann

 

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!


Rand-Bryan House featured in Southern Bride and Groom

Weddings are a truly magical day to celebrate, no matter what time of year it is. So when Megan and Paul decided to seal the deal on January 18, 2016, Photography by TSM captured a beautiful winter wedding photo shoot at our Raleigh wedding venue, and even got featured in Southern Bride and Groom Magazine.

Check out the spread here!

Ready to book your dream wedding? Schedule your tour of the Rand-Bryan House, historic Raleigh wedding venue today!


Kristin and Steve: A Love Story Film

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, Kristin and Steve made their promises to love each other until death do they part. After a traditional Catholic ceremony, the wedding party and guests continued the celebration with a reception at The Rand-Bryan House. The reception was filled with love, laughter, and dancing. Check out the video below of Kristin and Steve’s big day.

 

Thank you to Oak City Films for the video and Amy at Knots N’ Such Events and Design for planning and coordinating the day.