Navigating Natural Disasters

1. Talk to your wedding planner and venue FIRST!

As a wedding planner, it is their job to understand the ins and outs of what to do for an outdoor wedding when the weather is less than perfect. Discuss inclement weather plans with your wedding planner as soon as you book your venue. Then with only days out, if the weather looks less than ideal, contact your wedding planner to discuss a plan B. If there is a 50% chance of showers, odds are you will be okay for the amount of time you and your guests will be outdoors. However, if storms are expected for that upcoming week, it is best to discuss. If a plan B is not already set in place with your wedding planner, contact the venue to ask what they do in the case of inclement weather. 

2. If it is not possible to move the party indoors, and the venue is allowing for you to reschedule, pick a new date BEFORE contacting your guests. 

Ask for your guests to respond immediately that they have received your notice of rescheduling. An email is the best mode of delivery, however phone calls and texts may also be necessary. Given that guests may be flying, canceling tickets may be a bit tricky. Therefore, only reschedule the wedding if it will be dangerous to be outside that day, not just if a rain shower rolls through.

3. Purchase the right accessories to protect your dress and shoes.

If rain is in the forecast, wear waterproof makeup, bring an umbrella, pack a rain coat or poncho and carry along a pair of rain boots. It may be smart to also purchase a lot of umbrellas for your guests. If it does not rain, they can be returned. However if it does, it will be a nice added item of wedding memorabilia for your guests. 

4. Most importantly, don't let bad weather ruin your wedding day!

Rain on your wedding day is good luck, right? Either way, no wedding day is perfect. If imperfect weather occurs on your big day, allow yourself to be frustrated only for a minute, and move on. You and your guests are there to celebrate the relationship, not judge you for factors beyond your control. 

Tips for Attending a Wedding Show

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1. Wear comfortable shoes

You will be on your feet for hours, so comfortable footwear is key. 

2. Create a wedding email address

At nearly every booth, you will be asked to enter your contact info to receive more information. By creating a separate email, your wedding planning process will be more organized and efficient! 

3. Enter to win every chance you get!

A lot of booths will have a drawing for free giveaways, so why not try!

4. Take a lot of notes and photos!

For companies you like, jot down what you spoke about at the booth, where the booth was located at the show, any details regarding pricing, and of course the name and location of the vendor. Then, take a photo of first the vendor signage to remember the name, and then photograph the details. 

5. Eat beforehand

If you go to a show starving, you will not fully be able to enjoy each booth. You also may be too tempted to indulge in every food stand, which is great if you're still looking for a caterer or bakery! However, food typically tastes better when we're hungry, so taste-testing on an empty stomach isn't a great idea. 

6. Don't enter your contact info at every booth, or feel obligated to

Go into the show with an open mind, yet still have a clear list of what vendors you are still in need of, and the price point. Your time is valuable, so keep that in mind as you go from booth to booth. 

7. Don't bring your entire bridal party with you

It will get very overwhelming the more people you bring with. Instead, opt for just your mom, sister, maid of honor, or even fiance! It is completely acceptable to bring your fiance, as long as they are excited about attending as well. 

8. Plan ahead of time for the booths that you MUST see

View a map of where each vendor is located, and to utilize your time most efficiently, map out the best path in order to see all of the vendors. 

9. Talk to other brides

Learn from others in your same position! They may have insight into great discounts on vendors, a venue you hadn't thought of before, or recommend an incredible photographer. 

10. Connect with vendors on social media

If a vendor is displaying their social media information, connect immediately! This will help you get a better gauge on their style, vision, and ideal client.