At Vintage Villas we offer a gorgeous view of Lake Travis, an outdoor ceremony space on green grass, and Hill Country views. For a couple that wants an outdoor wedding ceremony our Gazebo and Arbor are something to dream about. Unfortunately, being in Austin, rain can be a reality. As an outdoor ceremony venue, we are experts in creating a custom and beautiful Plan B for your big day (with lake views too!). At your detailing appointment, you and your sales manager will work together to design this plan. On your Wedding Day, the weather is out of your control BUT your rain plan is something you can control! Remember, a well-prepared Bride is a happy Bride!
1. The forecast is predicting rain all weekend! When do I make the call to move my Wedding ceremony inside?
When the weather forecast is not changing and your wedding is coming up you have to be able to make a decision to move the ceremony indoors. Our Sales Managers put their input in what they do best. They suggest that you’re able to make the call 2 hours before the ceremony with our Texas weather being so unpredictable you may be able to keep it outdoors! Also, it really will depend on your floor plan. If the floor plan is set where the whole room needs to be flipped then the call should be made during the rehearsal the day before. We always recommend to our clients that are in the 100-150 wedding range to switch to a rain plan friendly floor plan if the weather is predicting rain. This option could be using the dance floor as the ceremony space.
2. Is there another option besides having it indoors?
A great back up plan is a tent! A tent provides the same outdoor feeling while staying dry from the rain. It acts as a blank canvas that goes with any theme and décor. With a tent you can still have that lake view. Tent companies have options that have clear tops and/or sides so you can still see the outdoors. Our Sales Manager’s suggest that if you are dead set on having your wedding outdoors no matter what, you can have a tent on standby (this, of course, requires a non-refundable deposit) but is a great option if you are concerned about the chance of rain. If you don’t rent a tent far in advance, and it is about a week away from your wedding day and there is a possibility of rain, we recommend that you start calling rental companies to see what they have available. Remember that every other bride in the city will be doing the same, so tents will be at a premium! If you’re interested in renting a Tent here are a few companies we love working with from our preferred vendor list!
3. How can I make the most out of the rain?
Trust us, you can make this rain play to your favor! With rain there is always a chance of a rainbow which would be a beautiful photo backdrop in your bridal gown. A lot of photographers agree that some of the best lighting is right after it rains. The rain might be able to give you amazing wedding photos you wouldn’t have had an opportunity to get before!
You can make the most out of rain props. Umbrella photos with your bridal party and groom are always winners. If you use a clear umbrella you can still see you and your grooms’ faces in the photos! Another cute prop would be rain boots. You and your girls can lift your dresses for a boots picture.
4. Words of Wisdom!
Do what feels right and know that you are still going to be having a gorgeous ceremony either way! You are not sacrificing the beautiful lake view wedding even with a plan B at our venue. Rain on your wedding day is meant to be good luck! Love Mother Nature and know that everything happens for a reason. Just remember that at the end of the day, you will be married! Whether your ceremony is inside or outside, you will still have a beautiful wedding, and a little planning in the weeks before your wedding can make a rainy day stress-free!