As you pour weeks and months of your time into planning every detail of your wedding day, it’s easy to overlook the very important need to also prepare a Plan B. Maybe it’s superstition or maybe it’s the added stress of thinking about something going wrong on your big day, but regardless, failing to have a backup plan won’t ensure the unexpected doesn’t take place. If it’s meant to be…it will happen.

Planning out alternative options in case of bad weather, illnesses and cancellations is one of the smartest things you can do to help eliminate unnecessary stress on your wedding day. Here are 5 tips for mapping out a well-thought out Plan B when preparing for the most memorable day of your life.

1. Consider the major factors that could affect your wedding

First, list everything that could potentially cause disruption to your wedding. For an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to consider how acclimate weather will impact your ceremony, reception space, parking and logistics for your vendors. Even with an indoor wedding, there will still be things you’ll want as part of your Plan B. For example, what if your DJ has to cancel at the last minute? What if your Maid of Honor or Minister gets sick? Think through these scenarios to identify a solid backup plan.

When the skies look a little cloudy and dark, having tent walls just in case is a smart decision!
When the skies look a little cloudy and dark, having tent walls just in case of rain is a smart decision!

2. Consult with a professional

Especially for an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to talk to a professional about some of your options for keeping guests comfortable should it rain, snow or becoming unseasonably cold. You can rent key items like walls, heaters and fans for your tent. A professional can also give you expert advice on other weddings they’ve worked that have experienced such challenges and advise you as to how they successfully navigated them. Their years of knowledge in the wedding industry is invaluable!

3. Name a point person who can enact this backup plan, if needed

Once you have a Plan B mapped out, you’ll want to hand off the duties of enacting this plan (should you have to) to a key guest or one of your wedding vendors. You will have enough responsibilities to fill your day, that calling vendors to inform them of your backup plan shouldn’t be one of them. A trusted contact can take this off your plate and ensure that things continue to run smoothly.

4. Give yourself something to look forward to with your backup plan

It can be hard to accept a change in plans on your wedding day. After all, you spent months envisioning things happening a certain way and if all of a sudden your outdoor ceremony will need to take place under a tent, it can be upsetting to think that your dream wedding will now look totally different. With every version of your backup plan, be sure to include a bonus or fun addition that will make this version of your wedding just as special. For example, maybe the cost savings of having your ceremony under your reception tent means you can afford some extra special flooring or additional flowers to decorate the space.

A tent heater can help to keep guests comfortable and warm when the temperature unexpectedly drops.
A tent heater can help to keep guests comfortable and warm when the temperature unexpectedly drops.

5. Keep in mind what’s really important

Finally, and most importantly, keep the purpose of your wedding day in check. Remember that even without all the decorations, flowers, linens and food, you are still going to marry the love of your life and have all your family and friends surrounding you – no matter what! No amount of inclement weather, or wedding party mishaps will ruin the purpose of this day.

Have you had to resort to a Plan B at your wedding or special event? Share your story of how to navigated these changes by commenting below!

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