Mother Nature is certainly sending the windy weather our way this week, but what to do if your wedding day is set to be a blustery one? Don’t worry: we’re here to help you out this Top Tips Tuesday.
Wind, rain and storms: our poor British Isles are really being battered by this weather we’re having at the moment!
It’s blowing a gale here in York, and we know it’s the same for the rest of the UK (with Ireland and Scotland taking a real beating: we hope you’re all staying safe).
When the rain is battering the windows, it’s the perfect time to shut the curtains, pour yourself a cuppa and cosy up to plan your wedding day. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing here at The Wedding Affair and WeddingHour, as our thoughts have turned to how to battle this windy weather if Mother Nature decides to blow up on your big day.
So, before we get flown off to Oz, let us guide you through the best ways to handle a windy wedding day with this week’s Top Tips Tuesday:
The wind picks up during group photos and your veil obscures your new parents-in-law from the camera’s view. Not a great start! Not to mention that your classic, romantic look might be slightly ruined by your veil catching the wind and hitting you and your groom in the face! It might provide a comedy moment for your guests, but if you’re like most brides and grooms that’s probably not what you’re aiming for in your ceremony.
If windy weather is forecast for your wedding, why not forgo the veil for the ceremony and photographs? You can also put it back on indoors, or for some stunning couple shots: we love the drama of the veil swept into the air on these stunning photos from Quicksilver Studios.
If you’re reluctant to say ‘Goodbye’ to a veil at any point in your day, why not try a birdcage? Pretty and elegant, it’s likely to stay put all day!
You’ve had beautiful menu and place cards designed by a talented supplier, so don’t let them blow away! Light paper is, of course, the first victim of the wind, so when the doors to your ceremony room open make sure the order of service cards are fixed in place!
Why not enlist a friend or family member to give them out (whilst holding them tight?!). Set them out in a pretty basket and give them to a child to hold and hand to guests: an ideal way to involve children in your day.
You’ve spent hours with your make-up artist, with you and your maids perfecting gorgeous looks. The last thing you want is your hair blowing into your face, sticking to your lipgloss and obscuring the beautiful work!
Avoid the windswept look by planning an elegant up-do. There’s less chance of it being disturbed by the windy weather, and you can make sure you look sleek and polished throughout the day. Just pop on over to The Wedding Affair’s Approved Supplier List to find the perfect hair stylist who can bring that look to life for you.
Heart-set on a candlelight walkway down the aisle? Adorning your reception room with scented flames? You might want to think about battery-operated candles. You certainly don’t want to risk a darkened room once the candles have all blown out in the wind! What’s more, battery-operated flames prevent a possible fire-hazard, last longer and can be reused again and again: what’s not to like about that?
Check on that sound equipment! If you’re having an outdoor wedding, the microphones and speakers can be badly affected by the wind (as can your guests’ ears!). Make sure that your audio company is fully-equipped for adverse weather, and advise any guests to hold the microphone close when they speak to minimise disruption (that means you: grooms, best men and fathers of the bride! We want to be able to hear you!).
How did you handle the windy weather on your wedding day? We’d love you to share your tips: maybe you’ve photographed some stunning windy weddings, or perhaps you’re the expert hair artist on weather-proof wedding up-dos? Share your tips and stories with us for a chance of a complimentary blog feature here on WeddingHour. Simply drop us a line: [email protected].