Wedding Weather: Preparing For All Possibilities, Rain or Shine!

Planning a wedding is exciting, but it can also be stressful! There are so many different factors that you have to consider — date, vendor availability, budget, guest list, etc. If you choose to have an outdoor wedding, you add another variable to that list: the possibility of inclement weather on your wedding day. While this is something nobody wants to think about, it’s much better to be prepared with a plan in place than to keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.

When planning an outdoor wedding, the first thing you’ll want to do is look up historic weather around your date and be sure to choose a date where the weather is typically mild with little precipitation and pleasant temperatures. While you definitely don’t want it to rain on your wedding day, you also don’t want to make your guests sit for an extended period of time in 100 degree heat!

Unfortunately, no matter what the weather report says, it’s not perfect. Even if you do find a date with historically great weather, there is always a chance for things to go wrong, so you’ll need to have a back-up plan in place.

Here are some steps you should take to make sure that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you on your wedding day:

  1. Communicate with your venue: Even if you are planning to have your wedding outdoors, it is important to talk to your venue and discuss back-up plan options in the event of rain. Whether the back-up plan is moving the wedding to an indoor space or covering the area with a tent, you want to make sure that there is a Plan B, and that you’re happy with your Plan B in the event that you need to use it.
  2. Check with your rental company: Whether or not a tent is part of your Plan A, it is a good idea to check prices with your rental company to ensure that you can afford to rent one if needed. You’ll also need to find out how far in advance you need to book a tent in order to ensure its availability.
  3. Consider your wedding favors: Is your wedding day historically hot? Consider setting out water bottles or paper fans for guests to use at the entrance of your venue. This will not only keep your guests happy and comfortable in warm weather, it will also ensure that you’re spending money on favors guests will actually use. Because who wants to throw away money on something guests will just take and toss or throw in a drawer and forget about?
  4. Consider alternative routes to your venue: Even if you’re having an indoor wedding, it is a good idea to talk to your venue about alternative routes for your guests to take in the event of road closures (don’t forget, road closures can happen in good weather, too!)
  5. Get creative! Don’t let a little rain ruin your big day! Every cloud (pun intended) has a silver lining, and sometimes bad weather makes for a great story down the road and can lead to gorgeous pictures! Talk to your photographer to come up with a plan for both rainy weather and harsh sunlight. If you get closer to your date and see rain in the forecast, pick up a cute umbrella and or rain boots that match your color scheme and use the rain to your advantage in your wedding photos!

Just remember, the more prepared you are, the less of a problem you’ll have if the weather doesn’t cooperate on your big day!

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