• Kat Wray

Have a Wet Weather Backup Plan

Marlee Pavillion at Kings Park is a great undercover option for your wedding ceremony

Are you planning an outdoor wedding ceremony? Perth can experience some pretty amazing weather all year round, but at any time of year we can be hit with unexpected rain or a heatwave so for peace of mind it does help to have a bad weather plan in place so you're not scrambling around at the last minute.

As a Perth elopement specialist I've come to realise there is no specific season for eloping and couples will marry all throughout those wet weather months. I’ve grown accustomed to being flexible and making last minute changes due to bad weather, but I believe if you can have your wet weather plan in place from the beginning then you can rest assured you’ll have the chill AF elopement or small wedding you dream of, with no last minute stress because the weather has turned sour!

Here are a few things to consider when planning your ceremony location!

Two brides are kissing under a stone arbor.
This Perth winter elopement had a beautiful stone cottage on site for some undercover portraits!

Book a ceremony location suitable for all types of bad weather

There a three types of weather that you don't want on a wedding day: really rainy, really windy or really hot! If you're booking an outdoor ceremony in those safe months (Spring and Autumn when it's not too hot and not too cold) then I would have something in mind as a backup plan. If you're holding your ceremony in summer or winter then I'd suggest looking for an undercover, or entirely indoors ceremony location.

Things to consider when booking an indoor wedding ceremony:

  • What is the capacity? How many guests, including Celebrant and Photographer, can the space hold?

  • Will you require chairs? Depending on the number (and ability) of guests, you may need to consider hiring chairs.

  • What is the lighting like? Is it in a dark corner or does it have a big window with natural light?

  • What is the accessibility? Do you have to climb stairs in order to get to the space? Are there toilet facilities?

  • Is there adequate parking? Make sure it's not too difficult for any other guests.

  • Book more than enough time. If the ceremony and photos go for an hour, then book the space for 2 hours to allow before and after time.

  • If there is a open/close procedure, work this out before the ceremony and let me know if you need any help with opening up before your arrival.

NOTE: Most images have been taken from the venue's website or SpacetoCo booking page.

To find out more about these properties check out my Undercover Ceremony Locations.

Consider an Airbnb Elopement Ceremony

When it started raining at this Airbnb elopement, we found an old barn to hide in!

Are you planning a super low key elopement? This type of wedding ceremony, typically under 10 guests) then you could consider an Airbnb ceremony. It means you have a place to get ready, a private place to hold your ceremony and a special place to stay that night. I've sourced a bunch of great Perth accommodation spaces that could make perfect elopement spots.

You can check out my guide on Airbnb/Accommodation ceremonies here.

Buy a nice umbrella *just in case*

If there is only a small chance of rain on your wedding day, and there are no heavy winds, maybe consider buying a bulk amount of nice looking umbrellas (ideally white or clear) that you can pass on to your guests and that will photograph well. These could be sold on Gumtree after the wedding or you could gift them to your guests!

Alternatively you could use beach umbrellas, which also works for the other extreme: really hot weather!

Don't forget the rainbows

If rain is predicted for your wedding day, don't let it ruin your plans. You can still get some amazing photos in wet weather and use the opportunity to get creative. I'm happy to help you work out a great solution!

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