One of the reasons brides like to steer clear of having a fall wedding is because they're worried about weather.
But they don't need to.
With all the options available to brides today, there's no reason to fear weather-related problems during a fall wedding. You don't need to worry about an early frost, or cold guests, or even some snow, because you have more resources around you than you might realize.
Yes, it will take some effort on your part to plan ahead for any issues that might occur, but if you do, your wedding day will go off without a (bad) hitch.
Here are several things you can do to help prepare your fall wedding for any weather that comes its way:
Talk to Your Venue Manager
When you're worried about how weather might affect your wedding, go directly to someone who will know: your venue owner or manager.
Venue managers have intimate knowledge related to their establishment about how to best prepare for inclement weather and keep things moving along smoothly. It's likely they've hosted a fall wedding there in the past, encountered some weather-related issues, and had to learn how to deal with the problems then.
Talk over every scenario you can think of with your venue's lead until you're satisfied you both have a plan of action for any hiccups that come your way.
And don't forget to pass on any of this information to your vendors; you all want to be on the same page if the weather doesn't cooperate.
Heat Things Up
Not every bride will choose to get married in a brick-and-mortar building.
If you're planning on having a tent wedding or reception for your fall wedding, take a few extra steps to ensure your guests are safe and snug. Bring in heat lamps to keep the tent warm, provide shawls and blankets for guests' use, and make sure all pathways leading to and from the tent are kept clear of debris and ice.
Also, talk with the tent rental company to ensure that whatever tent you rent can hold any snow that may start falling (i.e. basically, just check to see that they'll be using a tent with a sturdy structure and a nice, sloping roof).
You don't want a tent collapsing in on everyone when the best man's giving his toast.
Light the Fire
The great thing about fires is you can use them for any type of fall wedding, indoor or outdoor.
Grab some real wood logs and get a fire going. If your venue has a fireplace, ask the staff to turn it on during the reception. You can even ask them to set up a fire pit or two outside on the patio or in the lawn.
For a tent or outdoor wedding, bring in some fire pits to scatter around the main event area. Add some comfortable seating and blankets and you're good to go!
Tip: To make these spaces feel not just practical but fun, provide S'mores ingredients on benches or side tables so guests can indulge their sweet teeth while they warm up!
Have a Plan B (Always)
There's nothing you can do about the weather, but you can be as prepared as possible.
Make sure you've set up a Plan B with your entire wedding party, venue, and vendors in case of inclement weather. A fall wedding taking place in a tent, for example, needs to be prepared for the possibility of it simply being too cold to host the event there (and if your heat lamps fall through, you're definitely screwed).
This doesn't mean you need to rent two different venues. It just means that if something doesn't work out, you need to have an alternate option.
Ask your connections to see if anyone would be able to provide their house, building, or venue for a back-up location. You'll be surprised how many people would be willing to do this for you!
Consider Wedding Insurance
Brides don't like to think about the possibility of their wedding day being cancelled, but it does happen.
Especially when your fall weather is fickle, it's best to consider purchasing wedding insurance. This will help protect you in the event that something truly irreversible were to happen on your wedding day, like a late tornado or early blizzard.
Take into account the area you live in, and how likely bad weather will occur during your wedding. You can also do your best to keep an eye on predicted weather patterns to help you decide if insurance is a necessity or not.
However, it's better to be safe than sorry.
A fall wedding is sure to linger in your guests' minds long after the event, so make sure they remember it with only happy thoughts.
Plan in advance for the changes in weather so you're not taken by surprise the day you're going to say "I do." You and your guests will appreciate all the time and energy you put into the preparations.
And even if you never need to resort to your Plan B, you can have peace of mind that you're fully prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you for your fall wedding (hopefully, it's just some gorgeous leaves floating your way).
Do you expect any weather troubles during your fall wedding?