Inclement Wedding Weather

The weather outside has been frightful and it got me thinking about wedding day weather. How do you prepare for the worst Mother Nature can throw at you? Is it possible that now as Buffalonians we have to be prepared for hurricanes? It’s not out of the question…just ask my friends who held their outdoor wedding in Boston during Hurricane Irene in 2011. The best advice I can give you is something I’m sure you’ve heard before: expect the worst and hope for the best.

Although full sun seems like the ideal weather for your wedding, it might not be.  To prepare for a very sunny wedding day, pack the sunscreen and make sure you’re covered before you leave to say “I do” because you most likely won’t have much time to put it on once your day has started. As the bride, you should have makeup with SPF, so talk to your makeup artist during your practice run. If it’s really hot, you should have blotting papers (to keep your makeup in place while you wipe your brow) and you may want to have a sun umbrella for shade. Ask your limo driver to have the air conditioning ready and waiting for you.

If the worst you get is a dreary day, you may be one of the lucky ones. Photographers prefer to shoot in overcast weather so expect great pictures. Guests will probably be toting coats and umbrellas, so make sure you have a place for them at the reception. There are plenty of great ideas out there on how to dress up your coat check.

A little rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring good luck, but if it’s pouring buckets you probably won’t be feeling very lucky. Lots of oversized umbrellas are a must for you, your new husband, and the whole wedding party. Your limo driver can help escort you to the door and keep you dry. Guests may come in with wet and muddy shoes so talk to your reception venue about keeping the entry way clean and dry so no one slips and falls. If your wedding is outside, my advice is always to bite the bullet and order a tent in advance. In addition, an outdoor floor will keep the mud off your dance floor. And bustle your dress early!

Outdoor weddings are tricky because even if you’re prepared for rain with a tent and a floor, we can’t always be prepared for a storm and all the wind it can bring. Make sure your décor is heavy to begin with or that you weigh it down. The taller it is, the more likely it is to fall, so be careful where you place your any glass vases or objects. Set tables and chairs a few feet into the tent so guests seated around the perimeter stay dry even in sideways rain. It’s always a good idea to have an indoor backup plan if possible.

If your wedding is between October and April in Buffalo, you already know there will be a chance of snow so plan accordingly from the beginning. Sleeves, gloves, coat, boots, shovel, ice scraper, driveway salt: all things a summer bride does not plan to wear or bring for her big day. Make sure to time your day with some padding so you’re not forced to rush between locations in a snowstorm. Suggest that your out of town guests arrive a day before the wedding and if you’re taking a honeymoon right after, add extra travel time for yourself as well.


Lots can go wrong on your wedding day. You can't control the weather but you can make sure it doesn't put a damper on your festivities!

Photo credit: www.weddingsbycolor.com

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