The Uninvited Guest

Updated: Jan 5, 2018

After months of planning, not even a hurricane can stop this wedding.

One of the busiest wedding months is September and it is also hurricane season. Living so far north, we would have never expected to get such a shock wave affect from the Caribbean. It was difficult to tell a bride that the ceremony will not happen outdoors, due to heavy rain. As we lined up the wedding party, the skies let out a strong down pour. Our mission, whether we chose it or not, was to make sure those bridesmaids, and most important of all, the Bride, made it to the tented ceremony not covered in mud and dry as a bone.

We sprung into action as the guest's buses began to arrive, we quickly directed them to the new ceremony location and began rolling out the aisle runner from cover to cover. The runner prevent heels from sinking into the wet ground. Each bridesmaid and the FOB were given an umbrella, which were then grabbed by an usher on the way into the tent. Inside the tent, guests were seated at their reception tables and Shepard's Hooks were lining the new aisle. The dance floor was used as the ceremony site as the Bride and Groom said their vows. After the ceremony, the groomsmen and the groom grabbed the umbrellas and ushered the ladies back to the launching position.

Many outdoor wedding traditions are difficult to accomplish when rain wreaks havoc on your special day. This specific outdoor venue was the home of the Grooms grandparents. Being able to use such a large, open and beautifully decorated location certainly helped when taking the photos during the cocktail hour. We were able to make use of a covered second story balcony for an outside photo of the wedding party. Restrooms for all guests were in the grandparents’ home which was 500 ft. from the tent. The aisle runner, served as walkway as guested traveled back and forth from the home. Umbrellas were left at the entrances to assist the guests on their journey. Another difficult tradition on a rainy day, is a sparkler send off. With the help of the DJ and our trusty smartphones, we were able to coordinate a time when the rain would pause, allowing for a quick but beautiful sparkler get away experience.

We are also using this wedding as a learning experience. Making the decision sooner rather than later to move the ceremony under the tent would have decreased the amount of commotion and transition headaches in front of guests. In the future, I would strongly suggest flooring the entire tent space and purchasing a tented path from cover to cover. The disposable aisle runner lasted for a short time but ultimately disintegrated with the rain and mud. Investing in a more substantial aisle runner may be well worth the dry-cleaning costs. All in all, the Bride/Groom left smiling and the guests seem to not mind the hurricane storm happening outside their tent haven. This wedding was sure one for the record books and we enjoyed every single minute of it!

1st Capital Events, LLC | York, PA | 717-683-8127

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