wedding preparations

Last week I talked about planning for an outdoor summer wedding and I briefly mentioned the importance of having a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Since it’s so important to plan for, I thought it’d be good to give it more attention this week.

If you’re getting married outdoors, you will want (and need) to be prepared for weather. Rain, tropical storm, even scorching heat. Make sure to plan with your coordinator, venue, and all involved vendors a Plan B. Here are some options to consider:

Move it all indoors. If you’re holding your ceremony outside and your reception inside, create a secondary layout to include both indoors. Make sure to consider and plan for any extra time it may take to set up and take down.

Plan a backup venue. If you’re hoping to host your entire wedding outdoors, plan an alternate space in case of weather. Watch the forecast the week before and make any necessary changes ahead of time.

Include “rain cards” in your invitations to let your guests know what to expect if rain (or any other form of weather) strikes. Or, if most of your guests are technologically savvy, include a note on your wedding website.

Have a bunch of umbrellas handy for your guests in case of light rain or sprinkles. This makes for pretty cool pictures too.

In the event of severe weather, roll with the punches like this couple.

And remember, it’s not about the wedding. It’s about the commitment you’re making to one another–whether rain or shine.

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