It is summer and many of us are planning outdoor celebrations. Nobody wants to have to think about what happens if the weather doesn't cooperate, however, it is a very real possibility and something that absolutely must be taken into considering. It isn't just rain either in these summer months. I have had more than one event move inside due to extreme heat. Here are some things to consider when planning an outdoor event.
Rain Rain Go Away
If it is raining on your wedding day there are plenty of fantastic ways to deal with this good luck charm. :)
1. Obviously, you can move everything indoors, just make sure you've made a plan for that and walked through it with your planner and on-site coordinator
2. Hold off on your ceremony for a few minutes and see if the rain will stop
3. Have a tent on hold, usually companies will hold them for you up until the week of the event when you will have a clearer sense of the weather. And don't forget to get the walls too, just in case!
4. If it isn't pouring and being outside is really important to you, get a bunch of clear umbrellas and make sure you and your guests are taken care of.
Remember, you can get some really beautiful pictures in the rain and cloudy weather makes for better photos than sunny weather!
If there is a heat wave during your event, you really need to consider the health and comfort of your guests, especially if you have any elderly or young children attending.
1. The first choice is to move everyone indoors assuming you've got that plan covered
2. Did you know you can air condition tents? Yep, fans, air conditional and walls to keep the cool air in. Tens are pretty fancy these days. So reserve the tent and watch the weather
3. Make sure your guests have access to plenty of water
4. If it is really important to you to have your ceremony outside, consider cutting it short. Also, allow your guests to mingle inside in the air conditioning and then come out for a quick ceremony and return inside for the reception.
5 Alternatively, hold your ceremony inside during the hotter part of the day and then move your guests outside once it cools down a bit later in the evening.
Remember, this is your day but one of the most important things is your guests comfort. You do not want anyone passing out! Including YOU!