Wedding Weather Disasters and How To Avoid Them

By Maria Yeonhee Ji

Having an outdoor wedding makes the most of stunning scenery, brings a relaxed and festive spirit, and - if the weather is in your favour - means your guests can luxuriate in the warmth of the sun. Though you do open yourself up to some risks and variables that can cause strife on the day, most of these can be mitigated with some careful planning. From Plan B points to discuss early on with your vendors, to weather-savvy decision-making during the planning process, to on-the-day emergency preparations, here is a list of everything you need to get ready for your outdoor wedding. 

1/ A WET WEATHER ALTERNATIVE

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Image sourced from Memphis Hire

Some elements of the day will just be out of your control, so it’s best to prepare a wet weather alternative for the ceremony. The Plan B might be shifting to an indoor space at the same venue or setting up a marquee that will provide enough cover for the guests. Whichever you choose you should discuss the details with the venue, and ideally before confirming the booking. 


2/ PHOTO-FRIENDLY UMBRELLAS

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Image by Susan Alyse Photography

If the weather doesn’t cooperate on the day, your wedding party and guests will feel a lot better if there are umbrellas available for use (it can be pretty hard to keep a room full of sopping wet humans in festive spirits). Have some photogenic clear umbrellas like the one in the image above ready for the wedding party, so that you can still get photos taken after the ceremony - photographs featuring rain can make for some of the most romantic images. Larger black golf umbrellas are a more practical option for guests if they need to relocate from the ceremony site to the reception venue. 

3/ LAYERS FOR THE BRIDAL PARTY

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Image by Lauren Klusman Photography

Enduring the extremes of weather in a thin bridesmaid’s dress can be difficult. So if you know there’s the possibility that it’ll be a little chilly outdoors, get some layers for your bridesmaids. Some photogenic options include shawls, faux-fur wraps, and leather jackets.


4/ WIND-RESISTANT TABLE DECOR

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Image sourced via Wonderland Bali Events 

As exquisite as some of the table decor inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest may seem - the sumptuous, skyscraper-esque candles and floral arrangements that extend way up into the clouds - these are not necessarily practical options for an outdoor wedding. To combat the risk of wind knocking over your decorations, opt instead for decorations that will be more wind-resistant; forgo tall, top-heavy items that could easily topple over and go for equally stunning features like floral table runners. 


5/ HYDRATION & COOLING AIDS

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Image by Liga Stevenson Photography

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the New Zealand summer, it’s imperative you don’t forget to prepare ways to keep everyone hydrated and cool (the last thing you want during the ceremony is a fainting bridesmaid/groomsman or guest). Provide a consistent supply of non-alcoholic drinks (a prettily decorated drinking station like in the image above is a perfect way to go), ice-blocks, hand-held fans etc. so that the party can go on longer. 

6/ A TOUCH-UP & EMERGENCIES KIT

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Image by Nautilus Lens Photography 

It’s likely that your wedding photographer (or planner if you have one) will carry some type of emergency kit. But if you want the peace of mind knowing that you’re ready for anything life throws at you on the day, a comprehensive kit of your own is a great idea. Some good items to have on hand include: makeup for any required touch-ups (including waterproof mascara); sewing kit; scissors; safety pins; stain remover and/or white chalk for stains or spots on the dress; bobby pins/hair ties; hair spray; deodorant; nail clippers and polish; first aid kit (including panadol); sunscreen; tissues; menstrual products; razor and shaving cream; mouthwash/gum/mints; double-sided tape and super glue; lint roller; extra phone chargers; snacks; and water bottles.


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