If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, the last thing you want to think about is inclement weather on your big day. But it’s important to be prepared for the possibility to avoid major stress in the days leading up to your wedding.
Here are some tips to help you contend with bad weather:
Confirm Your Rain Plan
It’s important to discuss a “Plan B” with your wedding venue to make sure that there are indoor options or a sheltered area for every portion of your day—ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Before signing your venue contract, you should make sure that you’re generally as happy and comfortable with the rain plan as you are with the outdoor plan.
Communicate with Your Vendors
If the forecast is calling for rain on your wedding day, start reaching out to your wedding vendors to let them adjust accordingly. For most inclement weather scenarios, switching an outdoor event to an indoor one will suffice. But, there are rare situations (read: major storms or natural disasters) when you might need to consider postponing your wedding. Your vendors will help guide you to the best decision for you and your guests’ safety.
Consider Your Guests
Your guests may be travelling from long distances to attend your wedding, so you want to make sure that they are both safe and comfortable. Make sure that you provide your guests with at least two routes to your wedding venue in case of road closures. And ask your transportation company to allow for extra travel time in bad weather. You’ll also want to discuss climate control with your wedding venue to make sure that your guests aren’t too hot or too cold inside. Provide umbrellas for your guests on a rainy day, shawls or blankets in cold weather, and fans and bottled water if it’s hot. Your guests’ comfort should be top priority!
Don’t be upset about the bad weather, use it as an opportunity to let your creativity shine. Buy cute umbrellas and boots for your wedding party and take some fun photos! Don’t be afraid to venture out in the rain with your partner to take some romantic images. You’ll be so glad that you didn’t let the weather ruin your big day!
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