BY ELIZABETH KREWSON AND CATHERINE LANGHART
About 10 days out from your wedding, if you start to hear about an adverse weather system approaching, we have provided a list of things to do that will make your life so much easier during this time:
- Stay in contact with vendors.
- Either through a wedding planner or event coordinator. As soon as a possible adverse effect is noted around your wedding, have your coordinator reach out to all vendors (either traveling or local) to touch base.
- If you are a bride flying solo, start a phone thread with all your vendors, so everyone knows any change in plans, this will save you time and energy!
- Ask about generators.
- Never too early to do this! If needed and early enough, you can possibly rent one for your event. Talk to your venue about power-outage options and possible “if all else fails” plans for each location of a wedding event.
- Tents do not hold up in high winds.
- Have a back-up plan if any of your wedding events require tents. If the winds (even coming off a shore-line coast system) are above a certain speed, the tent vendor will not release the tents for you to use and will probably cancel the order days prior to your wedding. Tent rentals are a liability, so tent rental companies will air on the side of caution and cancel your order to protect their property and ensure guest safely.
- Consider transportation safety.
- Even if there is a lot of standing rain, some transportation companies will cancel your order if you have booked an antique get-away car, fun trolley traveling from another city or even a 50-person bus for all your guests. Inquire about back-up options (limos, town cars, SUVs) which might be more durable with heavy rains and high winds.
- Try not to stay glued to The Weather Channel.
- You will pull your hair out trying to figure out what the exact weather is going to be on your wedding day. Try to keep a sense of normalcy by exercising, keeping busy and relaxing! Grab a coffee with a friend or have a movie night with your family during the few days prior to your wedding.
- Photographer knows best.
- If you were planning to have pictures outdoors, talk with your photographer beforehand about a perfect location indoors or a covered spot for family, wedding party and couple photos. The photographer could pick a location you might not have even thought of and actually like better! Do not scramble the day of to find a picture location with friends and family waiting.
- Designate a small group of people to contact guests.
- The last thing the bride needs is guests reaching out to her on her wedding day. If a major change is made, have a dedicated person or small group of people to handle the incoming noise from guests and keep the bride’s stress level at bay.
- Embrace the weather.
- My husband and I made the best of it! Cloudy and rainy weather is actually a photographer’s dream because the outdoor lighting is spectacular. Invest in cute umbrellas, ponchos and cheap wedding flip flops which will make for precious and fun wedding party pictures!