You can plan a wedding down to the buttons on the ring-bearer’s tuxedo, but you can’t plan the weather. If your big day looks like it’s going to be drenched in torrential downpours or parched by an unseasonably hot sun or blown completely off the calendar by gales of wind, we suggest you always have a bad weather backup plan. Expect a beautiful, perfect wedding day, but prepare for the worst storm of the century. Here are a few tips to help you do it.
Your people are all those planners and venue coordinators, parents and in-laws, caterers and florists who are teaming up together to create the most wonderful wedding day for you and your spouse-to-be. Ask them if they have any go-to plans for inclement weather. If your wedding is being held completely outdoors, someone will have a suggestion for an emergency indoor space, even if it’s just a big tent available for rent.
Getting photos of your wedding needs to happen, whether or not the weather cooperates. So talk to your wedding photographer and find out what happens if it’s raining or storming. Do you have an indoor place to shoot photos if your favorite outdoor spots are out of the question? Or, if it’s only a little rain, can you take the pictures with a pretty umbrella and achieve that romantic, rainy day, in-love look? In all weddings, it’s a good idea to leave some flexibility in your schedule because something unplanned is bound to happen.
Also, don’t let a little rain and grey clouds ruin your outlook. Even if you don’t get the pretty sunset you were counting on, you still get the important thing, which is a romantic wedding with your special someone and your families and friends watching. Embrace the change and watch how love (and a great photographer) can transform a bad weather day into a sweet day of warmth and fun cuddles!
Check the weather forecast. This may sound obvious, but anything can slip your mind when you’re in love. Check it ten days in advance, talk about the chances of bad weather with your people. Check it again a couple days before the big day. If it’s really looking like rain, make sure you have your ducks in a row for a rainy day wedding. Keep checking the weather! Get automatic updates on your phone, or assign someone to keep an eye on the weather during the actual wedding day if a storm is in the forecast. Being informed will help you decide if you need to adjust your schedule.
If inclement weather is throwing off your well-laid plans significantly (we’re talking cancellations or major delays), make sure you have a way to reach your guests to let them know. This could be a mass email or text or a series of phone calls or texts sent by a few friends. If you have an event website, make sure you post the changes there. Also, keep your vendors aware of your plans as they change.