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British weather is often unpredictable at best and, contrary to the Alanis Morissette song, rain on your wedding day is not so much ironic but can be very disappointing when you’ve intended to hold your ceremony outdoors.  However, having a Plan B in place can help to minimise the panic and upset if the heavens do open.

In this blog post, Stressfree | The Venue Transformers provides tips to help you learn to Love your Plan B!

1) Redeploy what you already have

If you loved the items enough to choose them in the first place, using the same or similar items in your contingency space will make your Plan B closer to what you originally wanted for your big day without stretching your budget too far.

Items such as archways, canopies, lanterns and pealights can be redeployed in indoor spaces to create atmosphere and keep with your intended theme, and fairy lights can be reused to create atmosphere in almost any setting as part of your wedding design.

2) Bringing the outside in

Let’s say, for example, you wanted to exchange your vows under autumnal trees, but the weather is refusing to cooperate.

Rather than just having your ceremony inside to avoid the rain, bring the trees with you!

By bringing the outdoor components of your wedding into your emergency space, you can still exchange your vows in a similar setting to what you originally planned.

By combining trees and foliage with draping and uplighters into your wedding styling indoors, a beautiful atmosphere can be created.

Ivory wall draping, overhead festoon lighting, birch trees with fairy lights and glass candelabra at Chewton Glen, Hampshire wedding venue

Midsummer nights dream set-piece comprised of woodland animals, storm lanterns and birch trees with fairy lights at Chewton Glen

3) Plan ahead

The earlier you acknowledge that you will need a Plan B, the more time you will have to create one that best fits your vision for your special day.

Firstly, it is important to decide whether your wet weather contingency space will be at the same venue, for example a marquee or an indoor room, or whether the contingency plan involves a full change of location.

If a change of location outside of the venue stated on your invitation takes place, it is important to have a clear plan in place for directing or transporting guests to your contingency venue in a timely manner – You are more likely to love your Plan B if all of your guests are there to see it!

Secondly, when planning for your ‘Plan A’, have your Plan B in the back of your mind, being aware of colour schemes in this location and picking versatile items that you can move inside, as opposed to doubling up.

Forward planning and an open mind are two things that will definitely contribute to helping you love your Plan B!

Let’s bring your wedding to life!

If you’re ready to be blown away by the look of your venue, then we’re brimming with ideas.

To discuss how to contingency plan for your Plan B …

Call us on 020 7610 1060

Email info@stressfreehire.com

We’d LOVE to work with you.

For more ideas and inspiration:

And if you are exploring ways to light-up your outside space, you will love this post too!

Venue credits:

Chewton Glen Hotel

Devonshire Terrace

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