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I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a plan B for cases of extreme weather (whether it be 45 degrees or hailing) – after all, we do live in Melbourne and the weather is completely unpredictable! I know how important the venue you’ve chosen for your ceremony is to you, but it’s so important to remember that you’re holding an event and you need to look after your guests!

If it’s raining heavily or hailing, by the time they get to the reception your guests will be wet and miserable, and I can guarantee you they are not going to enjoy themselves in that state. You’ve also got the dangers caused by the combination of water and dirt at a garden wedding – no one wants to see the bride slip over in the mud and end up covered in mud! At the very least, consider a marquee or umbrellas for everyone.

If it’s extreme heat we’re talking about, some of you may think your guests can just suck it up and get a bit warm. Remember that the bride, who’s usually the one to make these decisions, is out in this weather for the least amount of time. Your guests will have been arriving since half an hour before the ceremony start time, your celebrant will have been there for an hour already, and your groom will be sweating it up in his gorgeous three-piece suit. Again, by the time they get to the reception your guests will be sunburnt, sweaty and miserable. At the very least, you want to provide water (enough for everyone), and shade for the bridal party – some have even provided parasols and sunglasses for all guests.

The preference in both circumstances of course is to move venues, whether it be just to the other side of the park so we can be under the shade of a gorgeous tree, or to an indoor location. Have a chat to your reception venue; they’ll often be happy to be on standby to host your ceremony in the case of extreme weather.

And don’t forget that if you’re moving the ceremony, you need to have a way to let everyone know, your suppliers included!