This weekend Kansas City is experiencing winter storm Jupiter and all the ice that comes with it. While most of the city (and the country) is concerned about Sunday’s NFL Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium, I’m willing to bet there are brides who are more concerned about their wedding. Mother nature doesn’t always cooperate or care what day it is when she decides to unleash whatever fury she has. So, this made me realize the fear that all brides have; what if there’s bad weather on my wedding day?
In 2015 I married my wonderful, supportive, and handsome husband, Nick. On our wedding day mother nature decided to throw us a curve-ball name Cara. Winter storm Cara completely covered the area in ice the night before and day of my wedding. As some might recall, Kansas City didn’t see another ice storm or snowfall the rest of the winter. . . thanks-a-lot mother nature. While I’m not thrilled with mother nature’s sense of humor, I didn’t let the ice storm dictate our day. We braved the cold a few times to go outside to get the shots we wanted, and I’m glad we did. The ice ended up adding so much beauty to our wedding photos, I can’t imagine what it would look like without it.
So how did we get through it? We broke up the shots that were taken outdoors with sessions back indoors where the heat was. This allowed us to get the feeling back in our hands and to prevent our little faces from turning red from the crisp air. We only stayed out for a few minutes at a time, and that was all that we needed. It also helped that we had hand warmers to hold onto since they are easily concealed and provided a welcome heat source. I also had a white sheet to stand on that blended in with the train of my dress to prevent it from getting dirty, and giving me a non-slick surface to stand on. I highly recommend the white sheet trick for all outdoor photos with the dress train, regardless of the season.
How did our guests hold up through the ice storm? Luckily, we kept our guests’ experience in mind when we were planning our wedding. We didn’t want guests traveling long distances between the ceremony, reception, and their hotels. We blocked hotel rooms near the reception hall, so no drive was too treacherous. Our ceremony location was perfect since there was a drop-off lane that was covered, allowing elderly guests to have dry ground to walk on the whole way. Our reception venue was accommodating by creating a drop-off space by blocking the street right in front of the main door. We also got lucky with the timing of the storm, since it hit late at night the night before, and the morning of our wedding, most of our out-of-town guests had already made it into town.
What happens if it’s snow and not ice? Snow makes for some of the prettiest wedding pictures around. Don’t let it get in the way of getting the shots you want. Take your bed sheet to stand on, get some hand-warmers, and break-up your outdoor photo shoots with indoor sessions. Be sure to enlist your maid-of-honor to help you carry your dress while walking between shooting locations. Have one of the groomsmen carry the white bed sheet and spread it out for you to stand on. Even if your lucky enough to get the gorgeous powder-like snow, still stand on the sheet to prevent your dress from getting wet. Another great trick is to have a bridal looking coat or shawl on hand.
What happens if it’s just rain? Get creative on where you take your wedding photos, balconies, decks, gazebos, and covered walkways are all great spots to start. Don’t be afraid to venture out into the rain for a few shots either. Wedding photos with umbrellas are completely adorable whether it’s your entire wedding party or just you and your spouse.
When it comes to the weather on your wedding day, don’t let it stress you out. Let your vendors work for you and help you to create solutions. Try to remember that the weather is part of your wedding day and it is something that you will remember forever. I have been through weddings that had tornado warnings happen right as the ceremony was about to start, and the photos of the bride with her bridesmaids taking shelter in the bathroom are some of the best shots that captured what the day was really like. I’ve also been through weddings where the power went out in the church during the ceremony due to a severe thunderstorm and yet again, it’s something that everyone looks back on with fond memories and a great story.
The two most important things to know about dealing with the weather on your wedding day are: have a back-up plan just in case, and don’t stress. Ultimately, the most important thing is that your wedding happens and that you are married to the one you love. If that all still happens even through some bad weather, then your day was a success and you still have something beautiful to celebrate.
Photo credit: DiMartino Photography