I'm Planning an Outdoor Wedding. What's a Good Weather Contingency Plan?

Etiquette
Wedding day rain backup plan

Photo: Erik Clausen

If you're planning an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception at the romantic venue of your dreams, weather becomes an unwanted extra guest. How do you make a contingency plan if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate? Our wedding experts are here to answer your planning questions in our daily post.

How do we tell guests where to go if the weather forces us to change our wedding day plans?

If you're getting married during the winter months, hurricane season or outdoors, you'll need to have a Plan B in case of inclement weather. It's important to have your plan ready at least three months before your wedding date—especially if you'll have to put another location on hold or reserve tents.

If the weather report for your wedding day looks bad, give yourselves a deadline for when you will make the final call in changing your plans. This should be at least two or three days before the wedding.

Once you know what your new backup plans are, pass the information to your bridal party—parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen—and give each person a list of email addresses and phone numbers of everyone on your guest list. Each guest should receive a phone call and/or email with the new location, date, time and any other relevant information.

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