What To Do When The Temperature Drops For Your Wedding Day!

What To Do When The Temperature Drops For Your Wedding Day!

Now that fall is officially here and the temperatures in Western Colorado are finally starting to cool down, it’s time to talk about how to plan for a chilly wedding day.

October weddings are beautiful, full of changing leaves, festive vibes, cider & cocoa treats, but also potentially unpredictable weather. It could be 80 degrees, warm and toasty, or it could be 40 degrees and breezy with a chance of snow. How do you prepare for both possibilities? Or worse, how do you recover if you’ve prepared for 80 degrees and sunshine, but the forecast for your day is showing dramatically cooler temperatures?

Here are a few easy steps you can take to make sure you and your guests have an excellent wedding, regardless of the whims of Mother Nature.

        1.  Talk to your rental company

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If you are having an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, it’s important to give your event rental company a call early in the week before your big day to see what is available and what they would suggest to make your guests most comfortable. Event rental companies are experts at creating venues from scratch, and they’ve likely dealt with inclement weather many times before. If you need to add tents, tent walls, or heaters they can help.

A pro tip: if the weather looks bad on Sunday night for your wedding the following weekend, make sure to call your rental company first thing on Monday morning!

You won’t be the only couple looking to make some additions, so make sure you’re first in line!

        2.  Give your guests a head’s up

Now that you have your environment set and ready to go, it’s important to let your guests know what to expect. It’s likely that your guests haven’t seen your venue before, so they might not know how to appropriately prepare. You can use a cool tool like WEDtexts to email all of your guests in one swoop. Let them know if your event will be inside or outside (even if only your ceremony is outside, let guests know so they bring appropriate jackets and scarves), the expected temperature during the ceremony, as well as the expected temperature after the sun goes down.

Letting your guests know to prepare for cooler temperatures will help to ensure your guests stay for the party, instead of head out early because they are too cold.

        3.  Get yourself ready

Not only is it important to make sure your environment is as good as it can get for your guests, and your guests are prepared, you need to make sure you are prepared too! If you are wearing a beautiful white sleeveless dress, you are probably going to get chilly quickly! And after spending plenty of time and energy on perfecting your beauty look, it would be a shame to ruin it with a mis-matched jacket covering your sequins!

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Photo by The DeLaCastros, April Marie Events

So, in the last few days before your big day, take a few minutes to look for a topper that will keep you warm and look good with the rest of your chosen look. A great pashmina or wrap can look great and keep you warm, as can a chic cape or fur/faux-fur bolero or stole. Amazon Prime can be your best friend with 2-day shipping if you can’t find anything locally.

Guys, it shouldn’t take too much to keep you warm too! If you aren’t planning on wearing a jacket, maybe it’s time to look for one. Wool, or a wool blend, will keep you the most warm. If you are already planning on wearing a jacket, a thermal under your button up, or the addition of a vest under your jacket can do the trick to keep you toasty all night long.

        4.  Gather necessary supplies

It’s time to gather a few inexpensive, yet handy extras to have available to everyone. First, head to Walmart or your local craft store and nab a few fleece blankets. These are usually under $3 each and provide plenty of extra comfort to your guests. You can roll them up and tie them with a pretty bow, set them out or in a basket for people to grab when the chill starts to get to them. You can also get hand warmers to have available to whoever needs a little extra heat.

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It might be tough to squeeze it in last minute, but your caterer (or even a helpful family member) might be able to provide a hot cocoa and cider station! Providing a hot beverage after the sun goes down will dramatically increase the comfort of your guests, and it will likely be something they remember.

        5.  Have fun & roll with it!

Like much of the advice we give, your mindset when dealing with unplanned changes like weather is a huge part of the day. A chilly or rainy or even snowy day won’t ruin your wedding. In fact, it will make your wedding more of an adventure for you and your guests. Prepare yourself and your guests, and don’t let the weather get you down. Your day is still going to be incredible, we swear.


April Marie Events for WED West Slope

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