Everyone needs a back up plan. Everyone. The weather doesn’t differentiate a wedding day to other days of the week. It is unpredictable and can be the one thing that ruins your perfect day.
These are my 5 tips on how to battle the elements:
- Rain – So you envisioned your day would go without a hitch and the sun would be high in the sky smiling down on you and your guests. You didn’t figure the skies would open up and rain would come pelting down and soak you all like drowned wedding rats.Clear umbrellas and disposable raincoats are your best friend. There is no harm in ordering these ahead of time and keeping the receipt in case they aren’t required. Better to have and not need than need and not have!
- Wind – Wind is the only element I feel you need a sheltered back up plan for. There’s no real way to escape a nasty wind whipping everyone in the face, and embarrassing all the ladies when they can’t see for their dress blown over their head.
- Heat – There is nothing worse than a bride with a sweaty upper lip. The mighty all dreaded SUL. Second to worst is looking out at all your guests and feeling awful because they look irritable and sticky.Folded hand fans. Under each guests seat as a precaution. Not many people are going to enjoy watching you kiss your man/woman while they’re so sticky they’re afraid to move an inch in their chair for fear of ripping off a layer of skin.
Hire a pergola just in case the sun is super strong on the day. Explain to the hire company that it’s a ‘just in case’ situation and if you would be able to get a refund if it isn’t required. No one wants to be sunburnt in wedding photos – they will never forgive you!
- Cold – Generally speaking, most guests won’t come rugged up to a wedding. How is Emily going to show off her beautiful shimmering strapless dress if she has to wear a big daggy coat? My suggestion on a wintry day – throw rugs. As many as you can pull together. They aren’t too bulky and heavy so they’re easy to transport and can comfortably be wrapped around chilly guests.They won’t break the bank – op shops. Don’t cringe when I say that. A nice long wash cycle with a capful of pretty softener and they’ll be fine. Your guests will smell lovely and stay warm!
Once it gets cold you could bring out some repurposed old crates you had prepared ahead of time, fold the blankets neatly in the crates with a sign for people to help themselves. It’s these little touches at weddings that people remember
- Natural disaster – Abort. Just abort.