Real wedding dilemmas: “our venue flooded the night before the wedding!”

When it comes to wedding dilemmas, dealing with a flooded venue has to be up there with the trickiest to manage!

It’s the stressful situation Agnes and Andrew found themselves in when a flood left them just 24 hours to change their wedding venue! Here’s their story…

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Agnes and Andrew had their big day planned to perfection. They were all set to get married on 30th June in a church followed by a celebration at a marquee on the bride’s parents’ farm in the Scottish Borders.

Everything was good to go: the décor finalised, the tables set. But then the day before the wedding, it started to rain. And rain. And rain some more.

“It started with a little puddle, but then the river running beside the marquee burst its banks,” recalls Agnes. “I’d been updating people on Snapchat throughout the day but by 3pm the marquee started to get flooded.”

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With 260 guests coming to the wedding in total and every aspect of the day planned out, it was far too short notice to postpone proceedings. Quick-thinking Agnes messaged her guests to let them know what the situation was and to see if anyone could help out.

“I got some phone calls from people who said they’d love to help,” she remembers. “I’d messaged everyone at 5pm, gone to a church rehearsal at 5.30pm, and by the time I came back I saw car after car of people coming to pitch in!”

The decision was made to relocate the reception to Agnes’s brother-in-law’s barn, and everyone salvaged as much as they could from the marquee.

“People were grabbing everything they could and we had trailers as well as Andrew’s uncle’s lorry to transport everything,” says the bride.

Friends and family worked into the night to transform the barn into a wedding-worthy space, with some staying until 1.30am to put the finishing touches on the venue.

Despite the stress of the day before, Agnes awoke on the wedding morning feeling fairly relaxed, and put on her gorgeous Stella York dress from Sophia Grace Couture.

She and Andrew had a church ceremony – “One good thing about the flood was that the church was actually closer to the barn than it had been to the marquee!” – then had photos taken in the beautiful surroundings.

Afterwards they joined everyone at the new venue. “Our guests said that if we hadn’t told them what had happened the previous day, they would never have guessed because the barn looked so good,” smiles Agnes.

Everyone tucked into the buffet and then band Northern Star got the party started.

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“All of our suppliers were so accommodating and couldn’t have been better, from our band to the engineers to Gary Moore Catering and our marquee company, Best In Tent – they all helped out so much,” says Agnes.

And despite the day not going quite as planned, the bride concedes that it actually made the day more special.

“It probably made a better wedding for all the people who helped us, because they all contributed to it,” she says. “We couldn’t have done it without our friends and family.”

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