What happens if it rains on your wedding day?

Do You Have a Plan B?

Your entire life you have pictured an outdoor ceremony, so as the date draws near and the weather forecast doesn't look like it's going to be in your favor, it's time to decide what to do. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you may want to consider having a back up plan. As a wedding planner, the one thing out of my control….is the weather! The weather where I live in Alberta is crazy, it could be raining one minute, sunny the next and snowing after that.

My advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!

1 – Location – If mother nature chooses to bless you with rain on your big day (which is actually considered good luck!) have an alternative indoor or tented location that can quickly and easily be transformed. The reception area usually works great for this. Ideally your reception location can use the same chairs for the ceremony and reception. If the ceremony plan B and reception will be in the same area, ask the venue about a room divider to keep the reception reveal a surprise!

2 – Communicate – Make sure your guests know that if it is raining they are to go to the plan B location, you don’t want to leave them in limbo and have them miss the ceremony. If possible, have someone stay at the original ceremony location to direct guests.

3 – Time – Allow extra time for any back and forth that comes along with moving locations. If you choose to wait out a rain cloud you may also need extra time to….well, wait!  Or time to dry off the guests’ chairs so they don’t get wet. Make sure your timeline isn’t too tight so you will still have plenty of time for pictures, dinner, dancing, or whatever follows.

4 – Relax – No one can control the weather. Life is full of surprises, (and this will surely NOT be the last one you and your new partner encounter) don’t let a little silly rain spoil your special day.

5 – Supplies – Bring supplies to combat the weather, waterproof make-up, towels, umbrellas for pictures (smooching under an umbrella in the rain makes for a great photo opp!) and for running to and from the car/limo

There are a lot of things you can control on your wedding day, rain is not one of them. So don’t fret about things that are out of your control. Roll with it, at the end of the day, rain or no rain, you will still be married to your perfect match.

Happy Planning!

Shannon