You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather!

Last weekend it was pouring rain and this past weekend was sunny skies. Even in beautiful San Diego, the weather can be an issue on the day of your wedding or big event. Here’s some tips on how you can prepare:

1. Always have a PLAN B!

If you are planning an event that will be outdoors at any part, you need to have a plan B. If you are hosting your wedding or event at an indoor venue, but the ceremony or cocktail hour are planned to be outdoors inquire with your venue about a ‘rain contingency plan’. They may have another room available or you could alter your set-up plan. If there are no options inside or your venue is completely outdoors, get a quote for a tent or a complete back-up venue. In most cases, you can make the final decision a couple days to a week prior. Better safe, then sorry!

2. Plan for the typical weather.

Getting married in Seattle? Or in Palm Dessert in the summer? Go ahead and start planning for the typical weather in the location during the time of year your date is set. The Weather Channel actually has a Wedding Planner that helps you research the weather over past years.

Here are some cute ideas:


{Umbrellas for your Bridal Party}


{Umbrellas for the Guests}


{ Fans for a Hot Summer Wedding }


{ Refreshments on Arrival }


{ Blankets for a Chilly Night }

3. Check the weather the week prior and make decisions.

Many of the items above can be purchased during the last week to help make your guests more comfortable if bad weather is forecasted. Of course, you may be out of time for personalization! Be sure to check the weather the week prior, so you are ready to make decisions for all back-up options and additional purchases.