Definitely, yes. Absolutely, yes. Unquestionably, yes! A back up plan is an essential detail to think about when planning your wedding.
No, I’m not talking about the pact you make with the boy or girl next door when you are twelve, to get married if you are both still single by the time you’re thirty. (Hopefully, if you are reading this then you have met the person of your dreams, so that is covered.)
Rather, I am urging all you loved-up couples to consider what you will do if the day of your wedding dawns, and the weather is less than ideal. Will you:
a) cry (don’t want to ruin your makeup girls),
b) throw a tantrum (can be a good stress reliever but can also earn you the title of Bridezilla),
c) shake your fists and curse at the heavens above (doesn’t usually help much),
or will you
d) shrug, laugh at the irony and move on to Plan B?
If you said (d) then I applaud you. You have obviously already given your backup plan a bit of thought. However, if you answered (a), (b) or (c) please keep reading. Because while crying, stomping your foot and cursing are all viable options, they really won’t help you on your big day, especially when it comes to the weather – the one thing that none of us can control!
You may think that because you are getting married in the middle of summer, your day couldn’t possibly be interrupted by rain. Let me assure you – anything is possible. I have seen rainstorms in summer, heat waves in autumn and bushfires in spring. None of these scenarios make for an enjoyable wedding day.
And if you aren’t concerned for yourselves, spare a thought for your guests; your family and friends who are taking the time to help you celebrate your special day. Do you want them to be shivering and huddling under umbrellas (if they even turn up), or would you rather they be relaxed and focused on how beautiful the ceremony is? Will you be happy if they are sitting in cold, wet clothes throughout the reception, or would you prefer everyone to be comfortable and able to enjoy the party? If your celebration is interrupted by someone fainting from heat and dehydration, won’t that put a dampener (no pun intended) on the day?
In my experience, the couples who enjoy their wedding day the most are those who expect the best and plan for the worst. The Plan B may not be your dream wedding option, but at least it’s an option. It means you won’t spend the 4 or 5 hours before your ceremony frantically phoning around, trying to find an alternative to your original plan. Instead, you can be excitedly sipping champagne while getting your makeup done or hitting a bucket of golf balls with the boys. (I know how I would prefer to be spending my time.)
So, here are my tips on things to consider in order to be prepared for any contingency, and yes some may seem over-the-top, but I do have some experience in this sort of thing!
If there is a chance of rain:
If it is likely to be hot:
If you are having a beach ceremony:
Finally, remember that you will never please everyone, no matter how hard you try. But I find that a good rule of thumb is to think about what you would appreciate if you were the guest at your own wedding. It is the little touches, looking after the comfort of your family and friends that will show them how much you appreciate their presence, and make your wedding day really memorable for them and for you.