Most couples once engaged begin to imagine their actual wedding day! Many love outdoor ceremonies, standing overlooking a beautiful view or under the graceful branches of an old oak tree on a picture perfect day. Saying your vows surrounded family, friends, and the beauty of Mother Nature. Sometimes the wedding day takes place with not so delightful weather conditions. Unlike a baseball game, a wedding day can’t be called off on account of bad weather, this is why it’s so important to have a Plan B and be happy with that plan should you have to use it!
As a wedding photographer, when chatting with my couples about their outdoor weddings, I always ask about the ‘Plan B’… just in case – it’s always good to know what that is so there are as few surprises for everyone on the wedding day! As you are searching for that perfect venue and backdrop for your wedding day, ask the venue coordinator what contingency plans are available should the weather take a turn. The key is to have enough space indoors to comfortably accommodate your guests for the ceremony and allow a seamless transition to cocktails and then dinner and dancing. Take a look at your Plan B ceremony location and imagine your decor in that space. A little advance planning will save a lot of time if a quick change in location is required. If the reception is being held under a tent or in a pavilion, sidewalls are a lifesaver. If the tent is installed on grass, ask about flooring options in case it rains – you don’t want the inside of the tent to become a muddy mess. (Helpful hint: if you are marrying outdoors in a field or on a lawn, you might want to give a heads up to your female guests so they can plan to wear fashionable and appropriate footwear).
Many venues keep a stash of umbrellas for wedding guests. A hot sun beating down on your guests can be just as problematic as rain. Heat and humidity can make for a most uncomfortable wedding day. Charming barns and tents aren’t so charming when there is no air circulating. Communicate with your venue coordinator and ask about air conditioning options, if needed. And while we’re on the subject of making peace with Mother Nature, – during the warm summer months, don’t forget the insects. Consider using some strategically placed citronella candles for that sunset wedding ceremony to ward off mosquitoes and keep bug spray handy for your guests in those baskets placed in the restroom. Insects are attracted to perfume so you may want to set your favorite scent aside until you are inside.
While you’re able to do a little advance planning to combat heat and humidity, rain can pop up anytime. But take heart – there are some wonderful things about rainy wedding days. In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck! . Brit + Co has 10 great tips for surviving a rainy day wedding and Pinterest, as always, is a great source for inspiration. Think how cute you and your bridesmaids will look in your matching rain boots and some of my favorite romantic wedding images I’ve shot were taken in the rain and even in the snow! Make sure you have a an umbrella for two!