Thankfully it all worked out and the ceremony was moved to the Ellenbrook Community Hall, which ended up looking absolutely beautiful!!
However it go me thinking! I got married in August, it rained in my wedding day. Not during the ceremony, but it did start during the photographs . . . which were absolutely gorgeous, even if I say so myself.
Most Brides first reaction to even the idea of rain on their wedding day is one of panic, sadness and disappointment. I had a wedding like this earlier in the year and the Bride looked so incredibly sad all through the ceremony, purely because there was a bit of rain. Sure, it can be disappointing, especially when you have dreamed about this moment and spent months, sometimes years meticulously planning every detail. BUT, you need to remember, your objective is a wedding ceremony and the most important part of that is to be legally married at the end of it. As long as that happens, the day has gone according to plan. It becomes so incredibly easy to get caught up in the planning process, and I find the longer the planning process has gone on for, the higher the stress becomes.
If you are a winter bride, well . . . let's face it, even if you are a summer bride, and you are having a wedding outdoors, no matter how minor the odds are you really need to plan for the elements and have a weather plan or a Plan B up your sleeve. You don't just need to worry about the rain and winter weather, you also need to take in to account the hot weather.
Earlier this year I conducted a wedding ceremony in the middle of the golf course at The Vines Resort. It was 40 degrees and there was absolutely no shade, apart from 4 giant parasols that offered some minor shade for the guests!!! How the groom and his groomsman didn't pass out was a mystery! They were wearing beautiful black suits that completely absorbed and attracted the fury of the sun! To everyone's credit they handled it with gusto and looking back at the photos you would have idea how sweltering the weather. No one even has a bead of sweat on them!
But, considering that we are currently immersed in the winter months here are just a few tips for coping with whatever Mother Nature throws at you during a winter outdoor weddings:-
- Allow for travel time. Bad weather normally means bad traffic. Give yourself just extra time for travel to your ceremony, not matter how far away or how near it is.
- As we all know, it gets darker earlier in winter weather, be it due to sunset or cloud cover. Whatever the reason, embrace it with lots of romantic candle light. It is amazing how a little bit of candle light can create a whole new ambient dimension.
- With it getting darker earlier you will also need to adjust your photo schedule for more light. Taking family photographs of the Bride's side prior to your ceremony is an excellent idea, as most of the time the Bride's family are with her while she gets ready. Chat to your Photographer and get their advice on the photo schedule. They are the experts and will have some excellent suggestions on how to proceed.
- Keep your guests warm and in good spirits by providing them with a hot drink upon arrival, whether that be hot chocolate, tea, coffee or even mulled wine. Click here to be directed to my very own mulled wine recipe, my husband loves it and it absolutely warms you to the core. You can also consider supplying them with blankets and pashminas just as you would supply your guests with parasols and sun cream during a summer wedding.
- If the weather is really windy and wet it might be an idea to rethink your hair style. If you have hair like mine that goes in to a frizz if water even comes anywhere near it, let alone a drop touches it, then a Plan B hair style might need to be considered, not just for you but for the whole bridal party.
- Not only may you need a Plan B for your hair but also for your wedding cake. Some cake frostings, like fondant, don't hold up that well in the dampness. Cakes that are left and displayed in an undercover but open area, such as a marquee can “sweat” in really damp conditions which can make them look a little less than perfect in your cake cutting shots.
- At the end of the day who cares what Mother Nature throws at you, be brave and don't be afraid to get a little wet. No matter how much rain, hail, wind or even snow you get, as long as you are legally married by the end of the ceremony to the person that you absolutely adore, then the day was a complete success. Focus on the destination more then the journey. But most important, relax, have fun a enjoy every single minute of this beautiful day.