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Wedding planning for adverse weather

Are you planning a magical winter wonderland wedding? Or maybe a romantic outdoor summer wedding? Although it’s rare to plan an outdoor wedding in the UK, it's not totally unheard of. Weather is one of the things that are out of your control, therefore you need to be ready to expect the unexpected. The key to a successful wedding is advance planning, considering every possible scenario so you are fully prepared when bad weather hits.

Planning for snow

Snow issues can affect many parts of your wedding such as guesting not arriving on time - if at all, your flowers not arriving or having to change the type of flowers due to bad weather conditions or people not being able to access your venue. There is a whole list of reasons why snow could put a stop to your wedding. Here are our top tips you can prepare in advance if it does snow:

  • If you are planning a wedding around the time of year when its likely to snow or in a place where snow is common, talk to your venue manager about the precautions have had in place to accommodate these issues
  • Hire heaters, no matter how promising the weather looks, if your guests are cold they won’t be happy
  • If people cancel because snow conditions are particularly bad, be willing to amend and change your seating plan

Planning for rain

According to the Met Office in the UK, it rains on average 106.5 days per year. This means brides need to take into consideration that it is 29% likely that it will rain on their wedding day. If it does they may need a backup location, a different form of transportation or need to cancel their wedding altogether. Here are our top tips for wet or cold weather:

  • Consider hiring a marquee, this can function as both a ceremony and evening venue. Allowing you to be flexible depending on the weather
  • Why not buy some umbrellas just in case it does rain, you can hand them out to guests as they arrive
  • Look at back up venues in the surrounding area, if you are planning on having your whole day outdoors, ensure there is an indoor option nearby
  • When you book a photographer make sure they have a few years under their belt and can cope with dramatic weather changes. Most professional wedding photographers should be prepared for weather changes, but just in case its always worth talking through

Whatever the weather why not look into taking out wedding insurance. WeddingPlan offers 9 levels of insurance and covers you for adverse weather conditions. For example, if your venue was to flood due to bad rain or storms, this could mean you lose money you’ve already spent while also having to cover the cost of an alternative venue. With WeddingPlan we can help you manage some of the associated costs. If you’re worried about adverse weather why not speak to one of our experts to find the right insurance cover for you.