Fall Wedding Essentials: Tips to Tackle Unpredictable Weather
You know what they say, rain is good luck on your wedding day. Snow, hail or extreme heat, however, that’s a different story. Especially, if your nuptials are an outdoor affair. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to get hitched, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience some hiccups. Midwestern weather is notoriously wish-washy, and a perfect 75 degree day one day can quickly change to icy storms or blistering heat the next.
Fact: You can’t control the weather.
As much as we would like to, it’s just not humanly possible. But, you can control comfort for yourself, guests and vendors on your wedding day. Time and time again, couples have fallen victim to the tricks of fall, but with these tips, you’ll be able to not only make the most of your day, but make sure everyone around you is too.
Here are some tips for preparing for tricky fall weather ahead of your big day.
Download a Good Weather App and Check it Daily
This might seem basic, but there’s something to say about a reliable weather app. While you likely have a weather app that came with your phone, downloading a slightly upgraded one – such as The Weather Channel app – will give you a little bit more accuracy when it comes to the sorcery of meteorology.
Starting about a month out from your wedding, start looking at what the forecast is on and around the date. Are temperatures trending in the 80s and 90s? Is there a chance of rain or storms? Is snow possible? You might not be able to get the exact answers to all of the these questions that far out, but at least you’ll have an idea of what to expect.
The best indicators of the weather will be one to two weeks out from your date. There, you can start kicking your weather preparedness plans into high gear.
Heat on the Horizon? Here’s How to Stay Cool
Warm weather is always welcome in fall, but when the temperatures go from comfortable to unbearable, it’s time to take action. Incorporating things that will help keep guests cool doesn’t need to be lack luster, in fact, it can add more fun to the day.
One of my favorite ways couples can help their guests cool down is by adding a snow cone stand or ice cream bar. Not only effective, this is a memorable treat many guests will rave about for weeks. To make it even more special, consider adding a signature “flavor” into the mix – a play on another wedding favorite, signature drinks.
Another option is adding in paper fans. For those hosting an outdoor ceremony in the heat, having paper fans set on seats for guests when they arrive can add a touch of elegance. Having a water station set up in the shade is another great way to ensure everyone is hydrated and ready to beat the heat.
Frigid Forecast? Here’s How to Warm Up
Cold in autumn isn’t rare, and in the late months, it’s almost always expected. Cold can make celebrating outside a little more difficult, but not impossible, and some of the best weddings I’ve seen have been with everyone huddled together in the barn or under the tent and enjoying each other’s company.
However, making the cold as comfortable as possible is still very important. When looking to warm things up, start with the ceremony. Drape blankets over the seats so guests aren’t left shivering while you and your partner proclaim your love for one another. Offering hot drinks is not only helpful for the cold, but adds to the overall fall aesthetic of your wedding. I’m a huge fan of warm signature cocktails in fall, including this hot spiked apple cider.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile, a care kit with fuzzy socks, hand and feet warmers and even a s’more kit for the fire are great additions to show your guests you care about their comfort just as much as your day.
Don’t Let Weather Get You Down
Oh, one final important detail: This is your day.
There’s no right or wrong when it comes to your wedding, because everyone is different. So whether you’re looking to plan out all the details, or leave some things to chance, it’s all good. Navigate your special day, the way that works best for you. And if weather hiccups happen, take a deep breath and let it pass.