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Checklist For a Contingency Plan

Choose an outdoor venue with adequate indoor space. Or, book a tent-able location.
"If your venue doesn’t have an in-house tent company, Sperry, Stamford, Starr, and P.J. McBride are the greats,” says Claudia Hanlin. A 100-person Century tent can cost $2,400; pop-ups go for $2,500 to $3,500. Deposits are usually 25 percent—and, unfortunately, if it doesn’t rain, and you don’t use the tent, your deposit is lost.

Have white golf umbrellas on hand.
Order one for every four guests. They double as favors ($20 each at the Wedding Library). “A sea of white umbrellas can lead to a beautiful photo,” says Jennifer Zabinski.

Pull the trigger on Plan B no less than 72 hours before the event.
If you wait, tent companies may charge rush load-in fees and overtime.

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