Marriage is one of those occasions where most of the people dream of keeping everything perfect. Every couple wishes for a beautiful sunny day.
But sometimes, things may go as planned. Unfavorable weather may disrupt an outdoor wedding, creating a situation which seems almost impossible to be resolved.
An outdoor wedding requires a lot more elaborate and detailed planning than an indoor wedding. Indoor ceremonies are held at a well- established setting, while an outdoor event might need to be set up from scratch.
Here are a few tips to be ready for rain on your outdoor wedding.
1. Thoroughly check the weather forecast
Check the weather forecast thoroughly and look out for any rain forecasts on your big day. If there are any, it is better to either keep the ceremonies indoors or, if you want to still consider outdoor as an option and hope for the best, you could keep alternative plans.
2. Have alternative plans
Experts say you need to have at least one alternative to an outdoor wedding, like booking a hall for the occasion, just in case. Remember that this might add to your expenses and might go unused. Therefore, it advised opting for a reasonable deal.
3. Put up a tent
A tent is a cheaper alternative to booking hotels or golf courts as it has lesser investment. A tent can be great for decorating and protect the couple and their guests from any harsh weather conditions. All you need to do is to talk to agents who rent out tents and to the landowner if he/she allows putting up tents and/or whether you need to work with a specific vendor.
4. Indoor and outdoor – dual venues
Plan a foolproof wedding so that your beautiful wedding maxi dress doesn’t go to waste. For instance, some places like hotels and golf courses will probably have indoor options for the wedding in case the weather does not cooperate. This makes sure that you and your guests stay dry and warm even while there is a storm outside. This might add a little to your budget to reserve an extra space in the venue.
Another advantage is that if the rain is not forecast till late evening, you may have the ceremony and the cocktail hour outdoors and move inside to the dance and dinner inside when the weather becomes unfavorable.
If the prediction shows perfect time when the showers might start or end, plan your wedding accordingly. Usually, showers don’t stay for long. So, you can engage the guests indoors with a pre-ceremony reception and beverages and start the celebrations. After this, when the weather clears away, you can move out for the actual ceremony.
One of the biggest problems with this idea is that the rains might allow the ground too sticky and sloppy to even stand. Deal with this by talking to your vendor about putting up an outdoor dance floor to keep the feet dry and the bride’s clothes clean.
6. Heat things up
Cold winds are also one of the worst culprits ruining weddings. So, if it is just the cold winds and not the rain, you may consider using outdoor heaters so that everyone is warm and can enjoy the wedding ceremony without any discomfort. Talk to your dealer regarding heaters. The groom also might wear bodybuilding clothes beneath his formals for extra warmth.
7. ‘Insure’ the event
Event Insurance has become a trend nowadays, especially when the weather is highly unpredictable. Ideally, you should have both a backup plan and an insurance. This helps you to recover at least some of the costs in case you face the wrath of Mother Nature.
8. Accept things as they come
In spite of all the pre-wedding plans, the rain still might sometimes fail you. Don’t lose heart. If it does start pouring, just relax and deal with the situation and hand, as you can’t change the weather. So calmly think of innovative ways to cope with the situation.