How to Handle Freak Weather on Your Wedding Day

Posted by Alexandra on Sep 09, 2013

You’ve spent months planning every detail of your big day, so don’t let a little unexpected weather stand in the way. Here are a few tricks up to keep up your sleeve in in case of a less-than-ideal forecast.

Heat Wave


Photos (from left): KT Merry, onelove Photography

Offer favors that double as cool-down methods – personal fans and parasols are popular options for thanking your guests and keeping them cool during warm weather ceremonies.

Wear melt-proof makeup – luckily there are plenty of makeup products specifically formulated to hold up to sweat and humidity. Consult with your makeup artist ahead of time and test out some options to find what works best for you.

Keep everyone hydrated – when you’re working with high temperatures,  it’s especially important to keep the ice-cold, non-alcoholic beverages flowing. Infuse ice water with cucumber, lemon or mint for a perfectly refreshing pick-me-up.

Cold Front


Photos (from left): Paul Johnson Photography, Ashley Forrette Photography

Rent space heaters – have space heaters reserved ahead of time to keep guests warm in case of an unexpected chill.

Serve warm beverages – hot cider, cocoa, coffee and tea are always welcome cold-weather treats. Serve them up with sweet accouterments like cinnamon sticks, rock candy stirrers, mini marshmallows or whipped cream.

Coordinate your bridesmaids’ outerwear – if you’re planning to take photos outdoors, consider having your bridesmaids wear matching shawls, sweaters or jackets. Coordinate with them ahead of time and come up with a style or color everyone owns – or can borrow – for photos.



Photo: Christian Oth

Allow extra time – anticipate traffic delays if the forecast calls for heavy snow. Play it safe and begin any day-of preparations about an hour ahead of the original schedule.

Set up a coat check – avoid having coats, scarves, mittens, hats and boots strewn everywhere! Prepare a coat check so guests don’t have to worry about where to put all those extra layers during the ceremony and reception.

Salt outdoor walkways/entrances – make sure pathways are cleared of snow and slush, and that any icy patches have been thoroughly salted.


Rain-WeatherPhotos (from left): Vesic Photography, Love & Lemonade

Have a “Plan B” (that you like!) – if you’re planning an outdoor wedding during a particularly rainy season, it’s crucial to have a backup plan in place. Consider venues with plenty of indoor space and have a floor plan in place in case you need to move things indoors at the last minute.

Delegate tasks – assign a specific responsibility to each member of your wedding party (and any extra helping hands) in case of last minute scrambling. Maybe a few people are in charge of directing guests inside, while others are bringing in chairs, helping to move tables, or handing out umbrellas.

Take advantage of unique photo ops – Rainy weather can actually make for very romantic wedding shots! Work with your photographer and come up with some clever ways for the rain to work in your favor, rather than against you.