Guide to Weather - How To Plan?

Make sure your wedding guests are comfortable, regardless of the climate.

By Michelle Bolyn

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People say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but it can be disastrous if you're having an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception. Plan for the weather so you and your guests remain comfortable. Get to know your location, so you'll be prepared for any weather-related issues that may arise.

Visit the Location

Visit your ceremony and reception location one year before your wedding if possible. Notice the temperature and any other weather-related issues.


If you're having your wedding ceremony or reception outdoors in the sun during warm weather, you'll need to plan to provide accommodations such as sunscreen for your guests, parasols, paper fans, and a tent. It's also a good idea to pass out cold water bottles to guests as they take their seats.


Outdoor weddings always need a rain plan. Even if it hardly rains in your location, you still need a contingency plan because it could potentially spoil your big day. Get a tent set up if the weather report indicates a possibility of rain or make sure your venue has an indoor location where things can be moved if necessary.


Place something heavy on top of any loose papers, such as your wedding programs. Use rocks, wedding decor or favors to anchor papers. Try to set up ceremony seating so that the wind is hitting your guests' backs instead of their faces.


Some couples want to have an outdoor wedding when it's chilly outside. Make sure that you accommodate your guests by providing lap blankets and heat lamps. Make the chilly event a little bit cozier with a hot chocolate, coffee, and tea station.

About the Author

Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.

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