Post by Amy Plass
If you are planning your wedding, by now someone has probably told you about the inevitable: something will go wrong on your wedding day. It’s true. There are some things that you just can’t predict, like the weather. However, you can prepare. When it comes to inclement weather on your wedding day, it’s always good to have a contingency plan.
When Raindrops are Falling…
Rain can be a tricky thing. If you know it’s coming, it’s easy to prepare. But most of the time, you don’t plan on rain. If there is a chance of rain in the forecast on your big day, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and be prepared. Buy cute rainboots and umbrellas in advance, and make sure to check the return policy in case you don’t end up needing them. When you are planning your hair, remember that curls don’t always stay put when it’s wet outside. Plan a back up hairstyle, just in case.
Don’t let yourself think of rain as a bad omen. Instead, remind yourself that every time it rains you will be able to think back on your wedding day and smile.
Let it Snow!
Snow can be a nightmare for people who aren’t accustomed to it, so make sure to prepare your guests! If you are afraid that the winter roads might prevent some out-of-towners from making it, it might be a good idea to have friends or groomsmen shuttle people from their hotel to your ceremony spot in larger cars with 4 wheel drive. Make sure they wear snowboots when they do this, instead of rented shoes from the Tux company (which have very little traction). You can advertise this “service” on your wedding website, or if you have to plan it at the last minute, ask the hotels you made your room blocks at to telephone the guests to let them know.
Tell your bridesmaids to bring their favorite pair of Uggs or snowboots, they make for some amazing pictures. If you think they might freeze in their dresses during pictures, you could give them beautiful, warm shawls as a gift. Find a beautiful jacket that compliments your wedding dress (white is classic but other colors can be gorgeous as well). You might not wear it much, but you will be happy you have it, even if you only wear it between pictures.
Here Comes the Sun
Yep, even the sun can reek havoc on your wedding day. Bugs often come along with hot and muggy weather. And if you are outside for too long, sunburns can be a concern.
Make sure to have your makeup artist teach you how to freshen up your face, sometimes heat can cause your makeup to smudge or run. Tents and fans can help to keep the heat down for an outdoor venue. Consider buying hand-fans for your guests if your ceremony venue is outdoors or does not have AC. Keep plenty of water bottles around so your guests stay hydrated. If you are worried that some of your guests might forget to put on the SPF before the wedding, consider putting together a “relief station”. Stock it with bottles of sunscreen, bug spray or insect repellent bracelets, and water.
Don’t let bad weather on your big day make you blue. Instead, keep your mind focused on what’s most important. Remember, you have a partner who is promising to be with you on the best and the worst days, in sickness and in health, come rain or come shine. That’s something worth dancing in the rain about!
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