5 Steps to Creating a Weather-Emergency Backup Plan

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It's a fact: Bad weather can happen to good people. Even the most detail-obsessed bride among us, if not prepared, may be caught unawares. Though it's considered lucky, really, the last thing you want is rain (or precipitation of any kind) on your wedding day. "Come up with a contingency plan right from the beginning," says Lynn Easton, owner of Easton Events. "Thinking through your options should be part of your decision process when you book your venue," she says. Here, Easton's essential tips for preventing a deluge from dampening your party.

Include "In Case of Rain" Info
"If you are getting married outdoors without the possibility of adding a tent or going inside, add a note on the transportation and accommodations card urging your guests to please check your website for any changes," says Easton. This way, should things be altered at the last minute, you can quickly update everyone.

Rent a Tent
"It's ideal to have a tent on standby in the event of inclement weather," says Easton. "Typically tenting companies will charge 50 percent of the total cost (which is non-refundable) to put a tent on hold for the rain plan," she says. But it'll be worth your piece of mind.

Think Through the Photography
"Talk to your photographer well in advance about what to do if the weather doesn't cooperate," says Easton. You'll want to figure out where he/ she will take the necessary shots of your décor and portraits so everyone isn't scrambling to find locations at a moment's notice.

See more: Why Choosing Your Wedding Location is Critical for Your Planning

Consider a Bait-and-Switch
Keep track of the weather via a weather radar app. If bad weather is rolling in but looks like it will ultimately clear, think about swapping the order of events, she says. Have the cocktail hour first and then the ceremony.

Keep the Must-Haves on Hand
There are a few essential items you'll want to bring along should a surprise shower show up unannounced. Stock up on umbrellas, ponchos, and blankets for guests, particularly if your ceremony is open-air, says Easton. Clear plastic painters' tarps are inexpensive and can protect your escort cards, linens, food, or anything exposed that might get wet if there's a sprinkle. Also consider having a backup generator in case the power goes out.

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