When envisioning your perfect wedding day rain, snow, and heat don’t usually come to mind, but they are a very real part of life. The best way to deal with such situations is to have a backup plan for the most likely weather occurrences in your area during that season of the year.
Rain On Your Wedding Day
The best rule of thumb when having an outdoor wedding is to have a backup plan for rain. Wet weather can come on quickly and be very unpredictable during certain times of the year. To ensure you and your guests stay dry, be sure to have an indoor or tent option for both the ceremony and reception. This can be easy when booking a venue that has multiple locations available for rent, but make sure to ask if those locations would be available on the day of your nuptial just in case.
Fighting Winter Weather
Even though winter weather is not typically the biggest weather surprise that could occur, it can still be a major threat to the timeliness and warmth of your guests. If you are planning to have your winter wedding outside, I would suggest renting a tent and space heaters to ensure all guests can still enjoy the festivities without the distraction of the cold. If snow is a possibility on your big day, It might be a good idea to have a few gentlemen clean off the snow on guests cars before they depart just as a friendly gesture to thank your guests for coming despite the weather.
Hot Summer Day
June is not only the most popular month of the year for weddings, it can also be the most hot. No one wants to be sweating down the isle, so I suggest renting fans and/ several stand-alone air conditioning units to cool everyone down. You could also give your guests personal fans with the bride and grooms names and the date on them as little party favors to make your guests feel appreciated.
Preparing for the Unpredictable
Delegation is key when trying to put on an event the size of many traditional American weddings. Many brides will set up a system for certain individuals to be responsible for managing different types of crises and give that list to their bridal party and family members. I recommend an individual be responsible for handling weather related emergencies. This individual would be in constant communication with the event planner and would be willing to go to the store on the bride and groom’s behalf to get umbrellas, blankets, fans, or any other items needed to make guests as comfortable as possible.
When all else fails, Embrace it!
Weather is one thing in this world we have no control over. Once the big day arrives, there is no rescheduling due to weather or tricks to get the weather to pass sooner, it just happens. If you have a plan in place to assist in the comfort and enjoyment of you and your guests, then there is nothing more you can do but sit back, relax, and enjoy this time surrounded by loved ones.