All you need is love and … a Plan B.
This post is bought to you by the letter B, as in Plan B!
Sometimes as much as you plan your little heart out, the weather gods don’t understand and don’t play ball. You can cross your fingers and toes and anything else you can cross, but sometimes it just doesn’t work in your favour.
It’s really important when you’re planning your wedding to have a ‘Plan B’, you may not want to think about it, or talk about it, or imagine it or dream about it, but it’s a necessary evil. Your guests will thank you for it, in the long run.
When you are visiting potential venues, you may like to ask about what the Plan B option is. Do they have somewhere where you can hold the ceremony if (god forbid) it’s not ideal weather? Do they have somewhere onsite or will you need to have another location as backup? As much as your heart may be set on an outdoor location in the sunshine (and as Kiwi’s we love a good outdoor wedding), you need to consider, if it’s threatening to rain on your day, do you want to be stressing about whether that downpour will will show its face just at wedding 0’clock, also think about your guests having to traipse around on sodden grass in high heels, do you want your and your bridesmaid’s dresses dragging through mud on the way to the ceremony? Do you think gumboots are appropriate footwear for a wedding?
Other things to consider: when are you going to make the call about the change of venue? Who’s going to make the call? How are you going to contact your guests, vendors, celebrant if you do need to change location? Do you need to decorate the back up location in a different way than your original location, what may work in one spot may not work in your alternative.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you will need to nominate alternative location on your marriage licence, just incase.
It may be slightly devastating to not have your wedding in the location of your dreams on a warm sunny afternoon, especially if you have been planning it for a loooong time. But what I say to all my brides is ‘remember what the day is about, it’s about marrying the love of your life, and at the end of the day that’s all thats important’