You can pray, check the almanac and even do some type of ritual, but Mother Nature is ultimately in control of the weather on wedding day. So when planning an outdoor ceremony and reception you must prepare for inclement weather. In addition to Plan B...a location to hold the wedding indoors...there are some ways to prevent bad weather from ruining your wedding day.
If it's HOT:
- Use a paddle fan, made from thick card stock, as your wedding program
- Have a beverage station of ice tea, lemonade and bottled water for guests to grab as they arrive to the ceremony and/or reception and take their seats
- Mini battery-operated fans on a hot day make the BEST guest favors and are greatly appreciated
If it's COLD:
- Have shawl's in a basket near the ceremony and/or reception site for guests to ward off the breeze
- Keep warm beverages like coffee, hot tea, hit cider and cocoa nearby for guests to partake should they become chilly
- Rent a few heaters to keep your guests warm
If it RAINS:
- Encourage guests (via your wedding invitation) to bring umbrellas if you are marrying during the rainy season
- Purchase you the ladies in your wedding party, and you too, heel protectors so that your shoe heels do not sink into the moist soil
But as a courtesy, make sure your invited guests know that the ceremony and/or reception will be held outdoors. You can include this note within your invitation suite or on your wedding website. It's also a must to let your hired vendors know so that they can plan accordingly.
Until next time...WEDologize!
(photo credit - Rush Photography & Videography)