(sometimes you need more than just umbrellas)
I'm writing this on a snowy day with 4-8" expected. I've already had a flight grounded this winter and it seems like the weather has become less and less predictable. I mean, I had to move a venue a couple of years ago because of Hurricane Sandy!
So, let's talk about what you should do in bad weather situations, starting with things you can do to plan ahead:
1. Always have a rain plan. Always. We have offices in Boston and New York where the weather is unpredictable, unlike say, California. We are used to renting tents, dance floors, cook tents, generators and so forth. Make sure your rain plan includes a location for the ceremony and cocktail hour, not just the reception and make sure your tent has sides!
2. Buy wedding insurance. I like Wedsafe. For a few hundred bucks, it's great for peace of mind. Basically, in the event of an "act of God" such as a hurricane, you'll get the money you've paid for the wedding back. If you live in an area where natural disasters or major storms are an annual (or semi-annual) occurrence, it's a good investment. And hopefully, of course, you'll never have to submit a claim.
3. If possible, avoid choosing a wedding date during obviously risky weather seasons, especially if you have many guests traveling to attend. This is exactly why we have so few winter weddings (November-March) in New York and New England...our snowstorms are unpredictable. Now, hurricane season is so long and hurricanes so seldom make their way this far north, so planning a wedding this time of year is completely reasonable.
4. Review the "Force Majeure" clauses contained in most vendor contracts. This clause protects everyone in the event of a natural disasters and explains the policy for rescheduling.
5. Hire a wedding planner so you don't have to deal with any of this stuff yourself!
Have you ever had to cancel or reschedule a major event like a wedding, because of a storm or other weather issue?
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