I know, you've got your heart set on an outdoor wedding and it's never going to rain on your big day. Like it's never going to be over 45C either! Hello, this is summer in Victoria and I've had weddings in January this year, one week apart, with exactly those two scenarios. January 6th was forecast to be 41C degrees in Melbourne so add a few degrees as our venue was inland a few kilometres and, you guessed it, we hit 46C! The following Saturday it bucketed down and it was in the low 20s.
It's worth providing that little extra thought for your guests. Yes, it is YOUR day but they are your guests and you want them to enjoy an amazing day too. If it's going to be hot, think buckets of bottled water and fans as favours. Your guests will love you for it.
What time of day is it? Will there be mozzies or sand flies, or marchies? Perhaps some aerogard won't go astray either. On the 46 degree day in January the Matron of Honour needed a chair and copious amounts of water and she wasn't looking too good for awhile, and the gorgeous little 18-month old ring-bearer was getting rather heat-stressed too. It's pretty dangerous especially for the older and the very young so some forethought and planning will make it a whole lot more comfortable for everyone!
But, if it's going to be pouring down, you basically have two options: find another venue for the ceremony, and this doesn't have to mean big $$s, or hire a marquee or a tent. Many towns have community halls that are perfect and don't cost the earth. And a simple tent may be all that is needed. If it doesn't pour, don't put it up but it's there, just in case.
Perhaps a marquee is over the top if it's not going to be raging hot but what about some paper parasols? They'll look super cute in the photos and your guests will have some shade.
OK, you've decided on a winter wedding so heat won't be the problem. Good idea to marry in the off-season with many suppliers offering great deals but it may get cold as the night wears on. No problem, what about some throws or wraps. Your warm snuggly guests will thank you!
It may be you need none of the above, but, with our climate getting more extreme, if you're planning an outdoor wedding, please consider the above and talk to your celebrant about a Plan B.
Already got one or have you implemented one? I'd love to hear if you think it was worth the effort :)