We are excited to announce a new series of blog posts, What Happens If? In What Happens If, we want to address so common and not so common issues, mistakes and situations that may arise on your wedding day.
This week we want to talk about inclement weather on your big day. For every wedding we plan, we always prepare an Inclement Weather Plan. This is a Plan B which we can quickly execute in the event that the weather impedes with your Plan A. Even if your ceremony and reception are both indoors, it is always a good idea to write out and think through your Inclement Weather Plan, or IWP. For instance, your bridal party may need to be outside for a few seconds leaving the ceremony site to load up in the limo to head to the reception. If this was a Splash wedding, we would have several oversized golf umbrellas on hand to shield the bridal party as they load up. An IWP might list alternate exits that provide more cover to the bridal party that limits the time they need to be out in the rain.
When either ceremony or reception are taking place outside, it is absolutely necessary to prepare an IWP. Your IWP should be realistically executable in a short amount of time; preferably 15 minutes or less. If a few minutes before your ceremony start time, the skies open up on your beautiful beach wedding and it starts pouring down rain, you need to have a plan B in place. Depending on your venue, you could either move the entire ceremony inside, or move all your guests inside if it looks like the bad weather will be passing over shortly.
Whether you are getting married inside or outside, make sure you and your planner have a concrete Inclement Weather Plan in place to make sure your big day is chaos and confusion free!
Julie Daniel, Splash Consultant