Planning for Mother Nature (Whether She’s Invited or Not!)

Today’s brides and grooms are increasingly interested in outdoor weddings. Being outdoors gives a sense of relaxation, freedom and visual excitement that four walls just can’t match. Declaring your vows and saying “I do” with a slight breeze in the air and the sun setting behind the trees is romantic and unforgettable. Having your wedding outdoors does come with some unpredictable elements. But with a little planning and a bit of affability, nothing will stand in the way of experiencing all the best of your special day.

When choosing an outdoor venue, determine if a “Plan B” is needed in the event of uncooperative weather. Additional tenting may be necessary in the occurrence of heavy rain, storms or high winds. Consider the seasonal temperatures to determine if additional heating or cooling may be necessary to keep you and your guests comfortable.

A professional caterer will know how to handle the open air, but put yourself at ease by making sure they are familiar with the site, its specific amenities and how important it is to you that they are prepared for weather-related surprises. And talk to your photographer in advance. Discuss your backup plan and ask
for suggestions in the event of poor weather conditions. Photographers often remark at how amazing photographs are in the rain. Clouds seem to filter the sun’s harsh rays and create the perfect lighting.

You’ll also want to consider your clothing — and let’s not forget the shoes. Highheeled shoes aren’t always the best for grassy conditions, so consider going with some trendy flats. Think about the style of your gown and your comfort while mingling with your guests. Choose lightweight, romantic dresses for the
bridesmaids with lengths that won’t get caught on outdoor surfaces. In early spring and fall, you may need to add a decorative layer to enjoy the falling temperatures that arrive with the onset of the evening. And don’t forget about the man you love and his groomsmen — a traditional tux may not be the perfect option.

Remember, many types of insects are attracted to flowers, so keep your arrangements simple and elegant. In the same way bees are attracted to flowers, mosquitoes can be attracted to you. To keep them at a distance, use citronella candles and torches. They also love perfumes and colognes, so think about going au natural on the big day.

With a little planning, the unexpected becomes expected! And if Mother Nature does in fact arrive and brings an unruly guest, relax, enjoy and laugh. You have Plan B! Remember that rain on your wedding day does not mean bad luck. It simply means that the atmosphere was sufficiently unstable to support any more rising air and consequently, precipitation happens. Happy Planning!

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