Murphy Mondays: Rainy Days and Mondays

It’s a rainy Monday here in Austin and while that may not be news in other parts of the country, that’s BIG news here! We are, after all, in the middle of summer and that means it’s hot, hot, hot. It also means it’s dry, dry, dry. We need rain in a big way. But, for Austin weddings (and dogs), rain can make things much more complicated. For dogs like myself rain means having to go outside and step in…wetness. Think about it. You wouldn’t like it so much either. For brides and grooms planning on having their ceremony and/or reception outside, rain can throw a real dog bone into the event. So what can you do to make sure that your wedding runs without a hitch – even in the face of bad weather? Here are some tips:

*Have a backup plan. That may seem like a given, but you wouldn’t believe how many people fail to plan for rain – even when they are having an outdoor wedding! Especially here in Austin where rain isn’t the norm. Work with your venue – and your vendors – to make sure that there is a plan in place for rain.

*Make sure your venue can accommodate your guests inside as well as outside. Yes, you can certainly fit more people in an outdoor space than an indoor space. So brides and grooms will plan for a certain number of people outside even if those same number of people won’t comfortably fit inside the venue. Bad idea. It’s like trying to fit three dogs in a dog house.  You don’t want to compromise your guests’ experience by having them squeeze inside an uncomfortable space if rain does happen. Choose your venue – both the outside and the inside – based on the number of guests that you are inviting – NOT how many you think will come. It’s Austin…they will come.

*Hire a planner. Nothing will help you navigate a rainy wedding day like having a professional planner in your corner. A wedding planner will help you put together a contingency plan and, best of all, they will manage your vendors accordingly.

For us here at Bouquets of Austin, we’ve had to manage many rainy day weddings. My people are used to it. They know how to turn a beautiful outdoor ceremony into a beautiful indoor ceremony at the drop of a hat. And, luckily, wedding flowers look great no matter what the weather!

Enjoy the rain and have a great week!