HOW TO CREATE AN IRONCLAD WET WEATHER WEDDING PLAN
It’s the week before your wedding & checking the weather app has become your new morning ritual — okay, maybe replace ‘morning’ with ‘hourly’. You’ve planned your big day at a time of the year which usually promises sunny skies, but right now you’re confronted with the real possibility of clouds & (don’t even say it!) rain.
This was the reality one of my beautiful clients faced, & is one of the big unknowns brides feel anxious about in the lead up to their wedding day.
So with that in mind, I want to share with you the plan we made for my bride & her hubby-to-be, as well as my tips for how to create your own solid wet weather plan.
“If you’re able to find out early on what your wet weather options are, when they need to be booked in by, & any extra costs involved; you can skip the stress of the last minute scramble.”
1. Plan ahead for the unexpected
Our couple had an outdoor ceremony planned, so within a few weeks of working together I’d chatted with the venue’s event coordinator to get clear on the wet weather options.
As luck would have it there was an indoor space set aside, so I kept its layout in mind while we were developing their ceremony styling.
If your venue doesn’t have an indoor option, ask what onsite alternatives they’d suggest — they may have a gazebo on the property or know a marquee hire company they can refer you to.
We started wet weather plans 6 months out from the big day while it was still a distant possibility. If you’re able to find out early on what your wet weather options are, when they need to be booked in by, & any extra costs involved; you can skip the stress of the last minute scramble.
2. Find out when the venue will make a final call on the weather conditions
This one’s pretty self-explanatory & will be valuable to know to gauge when you or a trusted helper will need to start letting your vendors & guests know about Plan B.
If you’re getting married at a private property instead of an established venue, you & your partner may be the ones making the final call. Consider waiting an hour or so before any outdoor set up is scheduled to begin, until checking in with the weather bureau & making your decision.
“Consider setting up a wedding guest group in your mobile contacts the week prior, so it’s easy to send out any alternative wet weather plans on the big day.”
3. Have a clear communication plan for vendors
In the week prior to our couple’s wedding, I’d touched base with each of our vendors who would have been affected by the potential of rain. By giving them a chance to go through the scenario ahead of time, we were able to include in our backup plans any timing adjustments or extra supplies each person needed for a smooth transition.
If you don’t have a wedding planner helping you coordinate on the day, you might want to pre-draft a group email to your vendors which sets out all the wet weather arrangements. Send the email to your venue’s event coordinator the week of the wedding & ask if s/he is happy to forward it to everyone on the day if your backup plans need to come into play.
Alternatively, you can put one of your bridesmaids in charge of sending the email. My biggest tip would be to ask a trusted helper to take care of this job for you on the day — you deserve to enjoy your wedding morning free of any logistical to-dos!
4. Have a clear communication plan for guests
As our wet weather option was at the same venue, our plan was to set up signage with details of the new ceremony spot at the driveway entrance & have the couple’s lovely ushers at the main building entrance guiding guests in the right direction.
If wet weather will mean a last minute change to the timing or venue for your ceremony, a mass message to guests may be the simplest solution. Consider setting up a wedding guest group in your mobile contacts the week prior, so it’s easy to send out any alternative wet weather plans on the big day. Once you hit ‘send’, pass your mobile along to one of your beautiful bridesmaids to take cake of any follow-up texts that come through.
“Having a solid plan in place is a great antidote to wet-weather nerves.”
5. Pack the right wet weather supplies
Channel your inner girl scout & be prepared with the right wet weather wedding supplies. Our couple had golf umbrellas on hand so they would be in a position to take advantage of any breaks in the weather for some outdoor bridal photos.
In addition to a few brollies you might want to pack some plastic high heel stoppers to prevent lawn-sinkage, hairspray to combat frizz (& to also double as a quick-fix to clothing static), & baby wipes for the bottom of your dress & the groomsmen’s shoes.
6. Call upon the power of positivity
Having a solid plan in place is a great antidote to wet-weather nerves. But my hope for you m’love is that you wake up on your wedding day carrying that same sense of excitement you had when you got engaged, regardless of the weather.
A few days before our couple’s wedding, I sent them a summary of the final wet weather plans. Within 5 minutes our hubby-to-be emailed back one line…
“Thanks Sam this looks brilliant, but at the end of the day we won’t need it — it’s not gonna rain.”
Whether it’s setting good intentions when you rise, dancing out any last-minute tension with your besties as you get ready, or visualising the moments you’re about to share with your friends & fam — pure positivity is a powerful way to reframe your focus. And while you may be on the fence about whether it’ll have any impact on the weather, this shift in mindset can most definitely influence how you experience your wedding day.
Thanks so much for being here. Wishing you & your hubby-to-be every happiness for your wedding day.
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