Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun-filled day at Mariners Landing full of live music with the Stone Canyon Band, hamburgers, hot dogs and BBQ, beer garden, inflatables, and family fun games spread throughout the event. You can even purchase a day-pass to enjoy the outdoor pools and the indoor heated pool!
There will be two large inflatables. A 40' Obstacle Challenge course that brings participants through tunnels, around horizontal and vertical pop-ups, with plenty of climbing and sliding. There will be a 5-in-1 combo style bounce house where you can jump in the large bounce area, sharpen coordination with some slam dunks into the basketball hoop, outmaneuver both log and pop-up obstacles, scale to the top of the slide and take a vertical plunge!
The Stone Canyon Band is m. There is something for everyone to enjoy at a Stone Canyon Show! You'll see them on Concert Stages, at Corporate Events, Clubs, Music Festivals, Nightspots, Private Functions, Breweries, Vineyards-Wineries, Universities, Weddings and more. True professionals, Stone Canyon is all about playing great music for their audience, and it comes through year after year, show after show!
Tents with tables and chairs provided on a first come, first serve basis. This event will benefit the non-profit Eastlake Business Association who strives to improve the community through the promotion of local businesses
When you’ve worked for months planning a wedding under the sun, the thought of rain paired with a side of mud, mayhem and runny mascara seems like enough to call the whole thing off. But fear not! It's all about preparation and backup plans for the backup plan, so here are some savvy tips for handling a wedding beneath stormy skies!
Rent A Tent
If you’re hosting an outdoor event, research tents and rent one just in case Mother Nature decides to make your day a little more interesting. Pitch the tent at the highest point of the venue in case of a downpour. You’re welcome.
Buy Event Insurance
If the freeway is flooded and half of your wedding guests won't be able to attend, it's understandable to feel disappointed. But being the smart and savvy bride you are, you purchased event insurance, so you'll recoup some of the costs.
Make A Plan
About six weeks before your big day, write up a rainy day contingency plan you can pass out to your vendors and guests if the skies open up at your wedding. Include alternative directions to a location change and alterations to your timeline that allow for delays in travel time and setup.
Send Rain Cards
Include “rain cards” in your invitations that tell guests about your alternative plan. You can say something like, “In case of heavy rain, please note that the reception will be held in the ballroom…” Also ask guests to provide their cell numbers so you can send mass texts the day of and keep them updated.
Set A Time
Understand that there's a chance your guests may be delayed due to rain, but deciding when to begin the ceremony is ultimately up to you. If you'd prefer to delay your walk down the aisle, be sure to consider your guests who are present and waiting for your arrival.
Keep It Pretty
Think bright umbrellas for you and your wedding party, adorable Wellies for your attendants (and a special pair for you) and other stormy weather preparations that make light of the dark weather. On the bright side, these changes will make for great wedding photos.
Prepare Your Guests
If there's even a slight chance it will begin to rain midway through your outdoor wedding ceremony and you're determined to say "I do" outdoors, make sure you've prepared your guests appropriately. Place umbrellas on each guest's seat so they're sheltered from the rain and consider placing pashminas on the backs of reception chairs so they're warm. At the same time, have hair dryers and toiletries in the washroom.
Get Creative With Photos
Your photographers will LOVE those overcast skies because they offer some of the best lighting. Make signs to hold up during your photography session that say “Rain, Rain” and “Go Away” or re-enact the iconic rainy Breakfast at Tiffany's scene with the help of a few trench coats (and umbrellas of course). Get playful with lighting and rainy window panes that make for beautiful artistic photos.
Switch It Up
Check the forecast and keep your caterer on speed dial- you may want to ask the caterer to serve more hot comfort food and less chilled gazpacho and oysters on ice. If you’re unable to switch, think about offering mugs of hot chocolate and mulled wine during cocktail hour.
Laugh It Off
Making light of the cloudy skies is the best way to weather the storm. Why not switch your signature cocktail last-minute from a mojito to a “Dark and Stormy or change your ceremony’s recessional song to Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head?
Dance In The Rain
If it's still raining at the end of your event, why not share a dance with your newlywed sans umbrella? These will make for beautiful photos and are a fun way to end the night. Just make sure you're wearing waterproof mascara and have a dry change of clothes in the limo!
You always want to be sure to pick that right spot, that unique and beautiful spot for your wedding. And you also want it to be the right place for your guests to enjoy and have fun. That can be challenging…unless it’s a destination wedding! Amber from Blue Sky Ceremony wrote about some of the unexpected benefits of planning a destination wedding that will make you start looking for one today. We are always available to give you a tour of our property at Mariners Landing Resort at Smith Mountain Lake. Here is Amber’s article:
Right now you may be wondering whether or not a destination wedding is right for you. While a wedding in the Caribbean may be a dream come true for many, you have to ask yourself is it for you. Often, couples choose to have a destination wedding because the location is personally significant. Perhaps the two of you first realized you were in love on vacation in the Caribbean. Perhaps he popped the question during that week-long cruise you two took together.
In addition to personal significance, many couples choose to have a destination wedding simply for the romance of travel. Sometimes the decision is made because there is a need to escape. Perhaps you have already started planning a traditional wedding in the states and found it is not what you want.
A destination wedding allows for creativity reflecting the tastes and styles of you and your fiance. You can have a religious ceremony and traditional wedding if you want or do something different and make it completely your own. Even if your tastes are traditional, a destination wedding will be unlike any other wedding.
Imagine having close friends and family from each stage of your life in one magical place for the purpose of celebrating you and your love. Coming from around the country, or even the globe, your wedding will not only be a vacation for many, but also a reunion.
Destinations tend to be smaller, more intimate events. They also tend to last a few days, giving you and your intended plenty of opportunity to spend time with your guests. Although not all of your invited guests will be able to travel due to scheduling and budgetary concerns, those who can attend interact more with each other and their hosts than at a traditional wedding.
As the guest list shrinks, so will your costs. Alternatively, as the guest list shrinks, you may be able to spend more for a lavish event.
Whether it is deciding on gift bags or coordinating guest outings, grooms seem to be more involved in destination wedding planning. Specifically, grooms enjoy organizing the smaller events such as day outings and happy hour mixers.
The honeymoon starts as soon as you are pronounced husband and wife. Once your guests have left island, stay a few days and honeymoon, or if you are on a cruise ship, sail into the sunset. Because you have already arrived at your honeymoon destination, you can consider the transportation expenses associated with honeymoon travel already paid.
Imagine the photo album, straight out of a magazine, that you and your intended will enjoy forever.
Fall weddings are magical. Lively colors and brisk air make October and November a perfect time for a wedding at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Space is booking up, so contact us today to schedule your wedding during this magical time! Check out this great site on fall foliage.
Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center is located on 1,000 acres at Smith Mountain Lake. The resort includes 3 outdoor pools, volley ball court, 6 tennis courts, playground, walking trail with fitness stations, and beach. Too cool or rainy to be outside, come inside and enjoy our indoor heated pool, lap pool, kiddie pool, fitness center, 5 sport simulator, arcade and cafe.
If that is not enough activity for you, consider renting the Mariners Landing bus or 10 passenger van for an excursion. Check out some of the happening around the lake http://smith-mountain-lake.com/#todo
For more information on venue rental, amenities, or accommodations, visit our site at www.mariners-resort.com