As professional marquee and tipi wedding planners, one of the most common concerns that our couples raise is, you guessed it, the Great British weather! In a year that’s seen a wide range of weather conditions (yep, heatwave and gale-force winds, we’re talking to you), navigating the challenges of managing adverse weather on your wedding isn’t for the faint-hearted! So, here are our top tips to make sure your marquee or tipi wedding runs to perfection in the case of wet weather on your wedding day.
- Size is EVERYTHING!
As tipi and marquee wedding planners, we know that whilst you will be watching the weather reports like a hawk in the lead-up to your wedding, we’ve already done the groundwork long before you are even wondering whether the sun’s going to be put in an appearance.
First and foremost, it’s very likely that whilst plan A was always to have drinks, seating and areas to socialise in the beautiful spaces surrounding your marquee or tipi, the reality is that we’ve likely encouraged you to book a larger size structure to accommodate not only your dining and dancing but to allow room in case everything needs to go under cover. Having a marquee or tipi that can easily be transformed into a relaxed space for chatting and enjoying those post-ceremony canapes and nibbles is essential, so talk to your wedding planner about ensuring you have space for this to happen.
So many of our wedding planning couples opt for an outdoor ceremony and it’s safe to say we’re absolute suckers for a woodland, lakeside or any kind of wedding that takes place in a beautiful, natural open space. However, do remember that the ceremony IS the most important part of the day, your nearest and dearest have all gathered to see you get married, so don’t leave this part of the day as an afterthought.
Again, having a solid plan b is essential, firstly, check whether your venue has an indoor space that the ceremony can be moved to in case of rain and if that isn’t the case – see point 1 above – does your marquee have enough space to host your ceremony just in case? You could also host a standing only ceremony and provide guests with snuggly blankets and umbrellas, though of course, it will be up to the registrar (if you’re having a legally binding ceremony) to make the final call as to whether they are happy to conduct this inside.Weather-proof your outfit
3. Have fun with fashion
Regardless of whether you’re getting married in winter or summer, thinking about your outfit in line with the ‘what if’s’ is important. Let’s face it, getting married in the height of summer in the UK still doesn’t guarantee sunshine or a rain-free day, so be prepared for any weather.
Having a pair of wellies on hand is particularly useful for couples having a marquee or tipi wedding as generally these are held in open, outdoor spaces that can potentially get bogged down and soggy in the event of a serious downpour. Plus, wellies make for fantastic photographs and are the perfect accessory for couples who are hosting a festival wedding.
Similarly, even if you are blessed with beautiful sunshine, it will still get chillier in the evening, so having a wrap, shawl or snuggly blankets on hand will pay off.
4. Communicate the plan
Whilst your wedding planner will be on-site to make any weather-related judgement calls, it’s worth communicating any wet weather plans to key members of your bridal party so that they are prepared in case plan B needs to be put into action. Your wedding planner will brief all of your suppliers in advance so, like the A-team, they’ll be ready to spring into action should the worst happen!
5. Welcome the weather with open arms!
As wedding planners, the one thing we sadly can’t control is the weather – BUT, here’s a little secret for you – no matter what happens, it doesn’t matter one iota! Honestly, you’ll be with the one you love, glowingly happy and surrounded by your nearest and dearest, so the last thing you’ll be thinking about is the weather.
On my wedding day, we had thunderstorms and torrential rain in between bursts of the most beautiful sunshine. So many of the plans we had made had to change, but actually, I can’t help but think that all of the plan b’s that were put into action made our day so utterly magical that I’m grateful that’s how the weather went down!
The likelihood is that even if the weather doesn’t play ball, it probably won’t be rough all day so you’ll still have time to get outside and be in the open air, capturing those special memories with your photographer. Oh, and did I mention, photographers adore clouds and rainy settings – it makes for some killer photos, like the one above!
Fancy chatting to our team of award-winning wedding planners about your own UK marquee or tipi wedding? You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 772 0765.