The blossoming flowers, the vibrant greeneries, and the gentle warm breeze – spring brings out the best in nature as well as the wedding season. Spring symbolizes new beginnings, making it a perfect time for couples to start their own new beginnings, too. However, most brides and grooms are fearful of the rain these months bring. Of course, who would ever wish for a rainy wedding day? But with a little creativity, some minor preparations, and a pinch of luck, spring weddings can be as beautiful as the blossoming blooms – with or without the rains.
Keep the buzz away.
Especially for outdoor weddings, bees and other bugs come out during spring. Since they are attracted to flowers, and weddings are all decked out with blooms, have bug repellent sprays available for the guests to use before they step outside. Use natural insecticides, such as citronella and lemongrass, to keep the pesky mosquitoes away from the site. Cayenne powder and eucalyptus oil can be helpful as well.
As the wedding day nears, the more errands and tasks are needed to be done by the bride and the groom. Right before heading out for a fitting or a vendor meeting, put on some sunscreen and throw on protective clothing. No one would ever want to be photographed with burnt red shoulders and a tomato-colored face on their wedding day so stay under shade especially if your skin is sensitive to sun exposure.
Stay clear of pollen.
The season of spring brings with it the number one enemy of those with seasonal rhinitis and nasal allergies – pollen grains. For garden ceremonies or outdoor receptions, inform guests beforehand, so anyone with major allergies is prepared. Have antihistamine medication on hand in case it is needed on the wedding day itself. Also, if you or your fiancé is allergic, do not schedule outdoor photo shoots in the morning as pollen is at its peak.
Always have a Plan B.
No bride would ever want for a rainy wedding day, yet with the erratic weather patterns we now have, downpours are absolutely unexpected. However, it would definitely be great to have a backup plan in case it does rain on the wedding day itself. Ask the venue coordinator if they have a contingency plan for rain and also how quickly can they shift an originally outdoor wedding into an indoor one in case of serious downpours.
In the unfortunate case that the weather forecast says it will definitely be pouring down on your wedding day, fear not for here are a couple of pointers we can share to help you make it through the rain, literally:
- As much as possible, opt for waterproof makeup, especially for the eyes and the lashes.
- Have a coat or a jacket that you can throw on top of your dress when it gets cold during the outdoor photo shoot.
- Advise the photo and video crew to bring protective covers for their gears and to also have a backup location planned (which is preferably indoors or covered).
- Provide guests with umbrellas that they can use when roaming around or when heading back to their cars after the party. For the elderly, use your ushers to accompany them and make sure they don’t slip on the wet surfaces.