The Weather Proof Bride

by becky on 10.23.14

in Inside Smitten

by becky
10.23.14

How to Conquer Bad Weather on Your Wedding Day | Smitten Magazine | Photo by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

How to Conquer Bad Weather on Your Wedding Day

Whoever said that a rainy wedding day is good luck never had to deal with 150 soaking-wet guests at an outdoor ceremony. Bad weather is the biggest threat to any wedding, but with the proper preparation, you can ensure than neither snow nor rain nor heat will prevent you from making your marital march with a smile on your face.

Be prepared for wardrobe adjustments.
The last thing you want on your wedding day is to be running around buying umbrellas for your guests. Rather than take the risk, stock up on plenty of supplies to deal with whatever weather comes your way. Is there a chance of rain? Make sure you have umbrellas and Wellies in your wedding colors. You’ll also want to adjust your hair and makeup if it doesn’t mesh with the forecast.

Keep your guests comfortable.
Because many of your guests might be travelling from afar, they may not be prepared for unexpected weather — so it’s up to you to make sure they’re comfortable. In the summer months, your ceremony programs can double as fans, while a self-service cold drink station is always appreciated. If you’re outdoors during a cold snap, warm cashmere throws can be piled in a basket or draped over the chairs for chilly guests.

Embrace the dramatic photo opp.
Stormy skies, rain showers or snow may not have been in your plans, but you’ve got to admit: They’re a great backdrop for photos. Talk with your photographer beforehand about how you might best take advantage of less-than-ideal weather conditions when it comes time to take your portraits.

Open up your schedule.
If the worst of the weather is to be short-lived, consider rearranging your schedule to accommodate. Switching your indoor cocktail hour with your outdoor ceremony may just allow you to miss the rain and exchange your vows with a rainbow overhead.

Keep your guests in the loop.
When bad weather hits, your guests will no doubt wonder if everything is still on schedule. Rather than spend the morning of your wedding fielding concerned phone calls, make sure you have everyone’s phone numbers or email addresses so that you can keep them informed of any important updates (venue changes, time changes, etc.).

Have a worst-case-scenario plan in place.
Many couples just cross their fingers, hoping bad weather won’t strike on their wedding day. Those same couples often end up with a day fraught with confusion, disarray and disappointment. Avoid letting that happen to you by having a hyper-specific plan in place regarding any and all possibilities. Ask yourself what you’d do in the case of a hurricane, a snowstorm or heat wave. Have a backup plan in place that you know you will still be happy with.

Embrace it!
The most important thing to do if bad weather threatens your big day? Don’t let it get you down! You’re still marrying the person you love surrounded by your friends and family. You’ve planned an amazing party, and there’s no way you’re going to let a little bad weather ruin it for you!

Erica Jackson Curran is a wedding-obsessed writer who has contributed to publications including Charleston Style & Design, Virginia Bride and Breathe Magazine. She shares her creative wedding planning ideas on the WeddingPaperDivas.com blog.

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Editorial: Erica Jackson Curran for Wedding Paper Divas | Photographer: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay | Clear Bubble Umbrella: Overstock.com | Guilded Parasol: Luna Bazaar | Palm Fan: Favors and Flowers | Cashmere Throw: Cashmere Boutique | Rain Boots: Hunter

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by becky
10.21.14

Amanda and Dustin said their “I do’s” under a huge oak tree at Eden Gardens State Park. Prior to the ceremony they broke the tradition and had a sweet-intimate first look. Post ceremony, friends and family headed to V Seagrove restaurant, for their brunch reception. Serving up french toast, fruit, bloody mary’s, and mimosa’s (my kind of party!) They even had beignets instead of cake!

Autumn of Hello Miss Lovely shared: “They wanted a simple, outdoor, french-rustic wedding and they got just that!”

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Photographer: Hello Miss Lovely | Ceremony Venue: Eden Gardens State Park | Floral Design: Nouveau | Bride’s Dress: Allure | Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles | Invitations & Stationery: Minted | Reception Venue: V Seagrove

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Nick and Allie’s wedding at the Highland Springs resort was a festive celebration with lots of handmade touches and Italian inspiration. The couple knew a wedding in Italy wouldn’t be possible if they wanted all their friends and family to join them, so they brought Tuscany to California.

From the bride, Allie: “Nick and I had been together almost over 7 years before we got married. We basically grew up together and developed many of our friends together as a couple rather than individuals. Our wedding very much reflected that, as everyone who came to our wedding was “OUR” friend, not “mine” or “yours.” It made the wedding that much more enjoyable for us and for them.

Our inspiration for this wedding came from taking that idea and celebrating with them not just them celebrating for us. Music, food, dancing, and togetherness was what was most important. We wanted something outdoors and rustic — so we could sing and dance and be as loud as we wanted, and finding a venue that could have such beautiful surroundings but easily handle a large group of people was our ultimate goal.”

Thank you One Eleven Photography for sharing!

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“My mother and I spent days hand marinating our own olives, which we served on brown wax paper in terra-cotta pots.  We had a family-style Italian feast within the beautiful olive groves at sunset, all of our friends and family eating together classic Italian dishes like fresh olive bread, arancini, pastas, vegetable lasagna, chicken parmesan, roasted vegetables and pistachios from Nick’s parent’s orchard.”

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“We had a beautiful cake, but my favorite and most important dessert was my pyramid of glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. This is something I had always dreamed of having as a kid and no one was going to stop me. Nick built this wooden contraption to hold up the donuts and it was spectacular.”

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Reception Venue: Highland Springs Resort | Photographer: One Eleven Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Rachel Graves of Summer Camp | Hair: Steph Beauty | Flowers & Decor: Twig and Twine | DJ: Skyline Entertainment | Bride’s Dress: Wtoo Brides by Watters | Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply | Makeup Artist: Carolyna Robezzoli | Invitation Artwork: Diana Clarizio | Invitation Paper: Paper Source | Invitation Printing: Grow Your Own Media

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Truvelle 2015 Collection | Smitten Magazine | by Blush Wedding Photography

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