The Disaster Plan
Winter weddings are tinged with a special touch of magic that the other seasons just lack. Maybe it’s the nip of the cold, or perhaps winter nuptials play off of holiday excitement,
but winter can be one of the most exciting times to get married.
Winter weddings also come with their particular brand of perils. Especially with a winter wedding, things happen outside of the typical wedding disasters of lost vows/dresses/rings, issues with vendors and sporadic breakout acne.
Taking the time to plan ahead can ward off feelings of stress and anxiety, should any of these wedding disasters happen:
DISASTER: A FREAK BLIZZARD
How to Plan: You cannot control the weather, but you can control your response to it. Even if you live in a warm- er climate, the winter season normally brings its fair share of rain that can lead to unsafe road conditions and flight delays.
Remind guests and vendors to pad their travel time as much as possible. Talk with your wedding planner about the quickest way to condense tables if several guests are unable to show.
DISASTER: A FLAME GETS OUT OF HAND
How to Plan: Candles are beautiful, and fire pits are fun, but with lax supervision or an over-zealous wedding guest, they can easily get out of control.
Plan to keep a small fire extinguisher within reach of every lit fireplace or fire pit, and in a location convenient to any candle flame gone rogue.
DISASTER: YOUR VENUE LOSES POWER
How to plan: Winter storms have the potential to cause a power outage. Ask your venue if it has a backup generator before you book, and how it handles power outages.
If your venue is without a generator, plan on keeping plenty of extra candles on-hand — which will provide much-needed light and create a romantic vibe.
DISASTER: A MASSIVE COLD
How to plan: This is not an unlikely scenario. Winter is cold and flu season after all. This is not the year to skip your flu shot.
Wash your hands regularly and drink plenty of water. It would surprise you how much these activities help ward off unwanted colds.
CONSIDER WEDDING INSURANCE
Purchasing wedding insurance can be one of the best investments you make on your winter wedding.
Many policies protect couples from losing deposit money and help them acquire full refunds from vendors who cancel for a variety of reasons — including the weather.