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Planning Weddings in Hurricane Season

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Wedding Venues
Billowing white curtains at Shady Wagon Farm's indoor-outdoor pavillion.

Billowing white curtains at Shady Wagon Farm's indoor-outdoor pavillion on a beautiful summer's day.

Today is the day that Hurricane Irene lands on the North Carolina shore. Though the course is well east of the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region of central North Carolina where Catering by Design provides most of its catering services, the winds and rains that we’re seeing sporadically, will be increasing through the day. There’s no telling how fast the wind will get and how hard the rain will fall.

And, today, we’re providing catering for a beautiful bride and her handsome groom for the wedding reception after they take their vows before a wedding officiant, their family and friends.

A wedding day on a hurricane day. What now?

The wedding’s been planned for many months if not a year or more. People have traveled from out of town to be here. Everything’s reserved and set, and can’t be easily be rescheduled. So the wedding goes on.


The spacious barn at Shady Wagon Farm where Catering by Design sets up for wedding receptions and dinners.

These soon-to-be newlyweds chose Shady Wagon Farm for their wedding venue, a venue that has a beautiful bed and breakfast  overlooking a pond, and a large barn in which wedding receptions are held. That’s in addition to an outdoor wedding pavillion, and a very large covered patio, where guests can enjoy the outdoors in good weather.

Ready for a beautiful wedding reception: the Shady Wagon Farm Barn

Ready for a beautiful wedding reception: An example of a Catering by Design set up for a wedding reception at the Shady Wagon Farm Barn

So today with hurricane force winds and heavy rains possible, this young couple can have their wedding ceremony and reception all inside the barn. It takes some re-arranging – or a lot of re-arranging – as we won’t be able to set up for all the different parts of the evening at once, we’ll have to do it in sequence. First set up for the ceremony. Then set up for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Then for dinner, and after that for dancing. The great news is that the wedding can go on!

When making your wedding plans in hurricane season and hurricane territory – which is increasingly wide as we see Hurricane Irene’s path up to New York City – choose a location that offers indoor facilities as well as outdoor ones. That way, if the weather gets really bad, all the activities can be moved indoors, and you won’t have to worry about tents in strong winds.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes Pinehurst and Rocky Mount, Pittsboro and Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest and Carrboro. We’ve even been known to cater a wedding on the coast every so often.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.