Josh and I have been planning to build a pergola in the yard for use at the wedding, and then after as a spot to relax and enjoy meals. We had our pergola plan picked out, the wood cuts selected, and the concrete mix, foundation tubes, and metal braces purchased. Josh's father was even scheduled to come up in a few weeks to help put it up.
Maybe you can see where this is going....
Two weeks ago we
started to dig our first hole for the cement foundation posts, and a foot down we hit water. Not just a little bit of mud, it was a pool of standing water. We asked
around and the advice we got was, "wait until it stops raining and dries
out a bit." As I type, it is raining cats and dogs outside. It has rained almost every day this summer, and the ground is soaked. We cannot dig the 4' deep holes needed for the cement foundation supports with the ground saturated this way.
It's a bummer!
So, we've had to rethink our plan. Instead of something like this:
We are opting for a sailcloth tent like this (ours will be smaller at 20' x 27'):
The tent will be nice too. Very wedding-y. I just had my heart set on the pergola. It feels so much more cozy to me, plus we were excited to build one for the yard anyway. Oh well, maybe it will be dry enough next summer!
In the meantime I am trying to think of ways to make the tent feel nice. I am not a big one for over-the-top decorating, anything remotely cutesy, ornate, or lavish. Maybe just some lanterns and nice table settings. In the meantime, I am pinning ideas over on my wedding Pinterest board. Stop by and have a look-see if you like that type of thing :)