Written By: Stephanie Flores
Rain on a wedding day is supposed to symbolize good luck. While rain may bring good luck, it brings several complications to any wedding day. The best way to handle any potential complications is to have a weather preparation plan in place. Brides need to start preparing this plan early on in the planning process.
To get started:
- Pick a date
- Pick a location
- Consider the season
- Do your research about local weather patterns
Consider the following information when planningthis special day.
Bridesshould factor in the season and local weather patterns when searching for a venue. Once the venue is picked, it is important to communicate with the venue staff about any weather related concerns. Picking a separate location to move the ceremony in case of inclement weather is a good rule of thumb. Many outside venues will provide a separate location specifically for this purpose. All vendors should be made aware of this alternate location well in advance of the day. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
It is a mistake for brides to assume that their vendors are prepared for any and all weather conditions. Brides should sit down with each vendor to discuss weather related concerns. Vendors need to be made aware of potential weather conditions and how these conditions will impact them on the wedding day. It is important to have a weather preparation plan in place for all vendors.
Preparing guests for potential weather conditions can seem daunting and overwhelming. Start preparing each guests with the invitation. In the invitation include information about date, time, location, and appropriate attire. Consider preparing weather related care packages for any guests, to be handed out on the wedding day. These packages can include items such as water, fans, portable umbrellas, hats, or bug spray. Guests should also be made aware of any alternate location in case of inclement weather. Every effort should be made to ensure that the guests are comfortable and adequately prepared for the weather.
The Bride and Groom:
The bride and groom also need to be prepared for the weather. Take weather conditions into account when picking out wedding attire. Most bridal and tux shops will ask about the potential weather conditions, and will help picking the appropriate attire. Do not be afraid to share any weather related concerns when shopping for the wedding attire. Brides and grooms should also consider preparing a weather related care package for themselves. This package can include items like fans, sunscreen, water, tissues, bug spray, or portable umbrellas. Start keeping up with the weather forecast a week before the wedding to be aware of any weather related issues. During the wedding day keep in contact with the wedding venue and vendors in case of changes with the weather. In case of changes be prepared to move to the alternate location and be flexible.
The weather does not have to ruin the wedding or the wedding planning process. With a weather preparation plan in place the day will go smoothly, regardless of any weather conditions.