Whether you begin planning your wedding a year in advance or you’ve only got months until your big day, you’ll want to make sure you have a contingency plan in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. That said, inclement weather doesn’t have to be a heart sinker on your wedding day. Below are some tips on how to battle unexpected weather elements on your wedding day.
Having an inclement weather plan is essential if you’re planning an outdoor wedding celebration. As you and your fiance search for your dream wedding venue, be sure to ask what the venue’s backup weather plan entails. Those plans should include either an equally beautiful indoor space or tenting options. It’s also important to clarify if there are any additional charges associated with their rain plan arrangements. Lastly, be sure to ask about the timeline of when you would need to implement the backup plans. Having this information will help you make the best decision about where to host your nuptials.
At The Osprey’s, we are no strangers to shifting gears quickly due to the often unpredictable weather changes in our area. Our rain plan includes taking your outdoor ceremony indoors to our light and airy ballroom. Our ballroom has stunning panoramic water views, a neutral color palette to complement any decor, and tons of natural light! The best part is, there are never any additional fees associated with changing plans. All Osprey’s couples can enjoy peace of mind knowing that our team has them covered, rain or shine!
Once you book your dream venue, be sure to talk with your other vendors, primarily your florist/decorator and photographer, to help you brainstorm ways to transition your outdoor vision inside if the need arises.
Another component to dealing with unpredictable weather on your wedding day is your perspective. Rain or snow on your wedding day can provide awesome photo ops! If you’re hosting your celebration during a rainy season, order a personalized umbrella ahead of time to grab a romantic photo of you and your love kissing in the rain. Take the photo opportunity on step further, and consider buying umbrellas for your wedding party & guests as well. A sea of clear umbrellas or umbrellas in your wedding colors is sure to provide a fun and creative photo.
If you’re hosting your wedding during a colder season, you could have custom fur shawls for you and your bridal party to stay warm as you take pictures outside. Provide a basket of blankets for your guests to grab as well if your ceremony is taking place outdoors.
Rain or cold are not the only weather elements to be mindful of on your wedding day. Don’t forget about the heat. If you are getting married in the summer months, you’ll need to think of ways to help keep your guests cool & comfortable. Consider having a hydration station before your ceremony so your guests can enjoy a refreshing drink while they wait for the festivities to begin. Another fun & easy thing to incorporate into your ceremony is personalized fans, with your names & wedding date on them. You can either place them on each chair during the ceremony or have a basket at the top of your ceremony space for guests to grab as they take their seats.
The last thing to consider when tackling the elements on your wedding day is the temperatures inside your venue. Ensure that your venue can control the temperature inside the facility and find out how much, if anything, they will charge to do so. This is especially important to find out if you plan to have your wedding in either a barn or a tent. Now, this may seem like a no-brainer; however, there is no guarantee that your venue staff will automatically adjust the temperature to your exact liking. And the last thing you want is for your celebration to run short because it’s either too hot or too cold inside. Both the heat and cold can significantly impact your overall guests’ experience, so don’t forget to add these questions to your checklist as you search for your dream wedding venue. For more important questions to ask during your venue search, download our Ultimate Venue Checklist!
The best way to survive the weather you didn’t invite is to embrace it! Unexpected weather may cause your day to look different than you envisioned. Still, remember to take a deep breath, work together, and pivot. In the end, the most important thing to remember is, rain or shine, your wedding day is about making and sharing memories with those your love most, and nothing can stop that!