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Weddings and Weather

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.

The Venue:

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.

The Vendors:

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.

The Guests:

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.

How to Have an Outstanding Wedding that Won’t Break the Bank

Written By: Lisa Renee

Planning a wedding event can be stressful, but with just a few tips, the big day won’t break the budget or the bank. Of course, the most difficult part of ensuring that spending is kept to a minimum is preparing well in advance. Determine the available funds, choose a theme, then start planning. Enlist the help of family and friends, rely on their expertise, and the wedding day will be stress-free.

Choosing the Wedding Gown

Since most themes focus on the bride’s gown, this would be the logical place to start for planning the big day. Keep in mind that the perfect gown need not cost a fortune. Shop around but stay away from expensive bridal shops. Instead, peruse vintage clothing stores and even higher-end thrift stores.

Some of the most beautiful gowns can be found in second-hand stores. It takes a bit of effort, but the savings can go into hundreds of dollars, especially if the theme is traditionally formal. However, choosing a non-traditional gown can be pricey as well, so the best route to go is checking out gently used clothing.

Flowers and Arrangements on a Budget

Picking out flower arrangements is tricky when trying to keep to financial limitations. A great money-saving tip is to choose no more than two types of flowers. Bouquets and floral sprays can be be enhanced by utilizing cheaper fillers such as greenery and baby’s breath.

Buying flowers in bulk and creating arrangements without the use of a florist will save the budget. Tips to designing beautiful bouquets can be found online or in flower arranging books. Make the most of do-it-yourself (DIY) information and use the money on buying more flowers. Practice on some cheap flowers or find that friend that has a flair for design.

Location, Location, Location

Setting the perfect scene for a wedding can be costly. Paying for the use of a church or banquet hall is not the most budget-friendly idea. Find a park or beach that allows for this type of event at either no or low cost. Depending on the time of year, outdoor weddings are exceptional with their beautifully photogenic backdrops.

If an indoor wedding is needed, research family and friends that might have the appropriate-sized home. Perhaps access to a country club or other type of membership-only location is within the reach of either the bride or groom’s extended circle. Don’t be afraid to ask, as most friends would be more than thrilled to help out.

Eating in Style at Low Cost

Be creative when it comes to the reception menu. Keeping the caterer out of the planning, choose a menu that is buffet style. Foods that can be served on a buffet go a lot further than a sit-down meal. Think heavy hor d’oeuvres such as Swedish meatballs and sliced deli meats. Don’t skimp on the dish and flatware though. Use high-quality heavy-duty, thicker-style implements for guests. This is not the time to save money on flimsy paper plates.

To keep it the most cost-effective but fancy enough to impress, use homegrown family recipes. Once again, by asking friends and family to create special dishes that have been pre-chosen, the budget will remain unbroken and the food will be outstanding. As long as they adhere to direction and menu choices, the buffet food will be delicious.

Keeping within a budget and still being able to have an outstanding wedding is simple. Involve a circle of friends and family to help with each step. Some of the most beautiful floral arrangements have been made without the use of a professional. Engaging others that are close in the planning of the big day will assure an outstanding wedding without breaking the bank.

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