Every soon-to-be-married couple wants their wedding day to be perfect. But the truth is that some variables are simply out of your control. You can choose the venue, the wedding planner, the photographer, the caterer and more. You can even choose the season in which you get married. But there’s no way to guarantee how the skies will behave on your special day.
If you’re planning a wedding in Northampton, you don’t have to resign yourself to suffering through the whims of the weather. Here are some tips for making the most of the weather from the events experts at Wings Events:
1. Have a Back-Up Plan
This is the number-one rule of arranging a weather-proof wedding. If any portion of your celebration is scheduled to take place outside (or could otherwise be affected by inclement weather), you’ll be glad you have a back-up in place should bad weather strike.
In addition to having a contingency plan, it’s also helpful to include ‘rain cards’ with your invitations. These ensure that every guest who has been invited also knows what the alternative plan is. Finally, as long as your wedding isn’t too large of an affair, you might consider setting up a team that you can notify in case plans change. That team can then relay the new plans to those they’re responsible for notifying.
2. Work Some Extra Time into the Schedule
This is a good idea regardless of weather conditions. Working some extra time into your wedding-day schedule ensures that you’ll be able to keep up as unexpected complications arise. And in the event that severe weather creates dangerous driving conditions, your guests will also be able to drive safely (and slowly) from the ceremony to the reception.
3. Equip Your Guests for the Weather
This is particularly important if you’ll be exchanging vows outdoors. Stock up on extra umbrellas and place them around the guest area so that those who didn’t bring one of their own can still stay dry. You could also go beyond umbrellas and invest in a few extra pairs of wellies of various sizes.
4. Select a Venue with Indoor and Outdoor Space
Selecting a wedding venue with viable indoor and outdoor space is a great way to ensure that you’re ready for whatever the weather throws at you. If an unexpected rainstorm forces everyone inside, you can easily salvage the ceremony with an adjoining indoor space.
Just make sure that the indoor component of your wedding venue is still a place you would like to conduct the ceremony in. You don’t want to find yourself surrendering to a cramped indoor space because it is your only option. Instead, make this a vetting point in the venues you consider early in the planning process.
5. Hire a Photographer with Rainy-Day Experience
Some photographers are better at coping with less-than-ideal weather than others. When you’re shopping around for wedding photographers, have a look at their portfolio for examples of past work they’ve done in inclement weather.
If you’re planning a wedding in Northampton, the team of marquee erectors at Wings Events can assist. Contact us to learn more.