How to Plan For a Hurricane Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are a lot of things you worry about.  Things you didn’t think of, things you forgot and the nightmare situations.

While you may worry about your florist bailing on you or not having enough alcohol, one thing that can ruin it all is a natural disaster.  Mother nature is no joke!  And when she hits, she hits.

With the fall season comes hurricanes which affects many locations both in the US and abroad.  I’m actually in Hawaii right now in the midst of another storm.  And the east coast is preparing for a big hurricane as well.  And if this past year is any indication, hurricanes are going to become more frequent.

So, if you’re getting married in an area where hurricanes are common, it’s important to plan ahead.  Here are 3 ways to plan for a hurricane wedding.

3 ways to plan ahead for a hurricane wedding

Couple with palm trees at a beach wedding in hawaii by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Day 7 Photography)

#1 – Get insurance

The best place to start is by getting insurance.  This will cover you financially if something were to happen and you have to postpone or cancel your wedding.  You likely won’t need it unless it’s a massive hurricane right over you, but having it will make you feel so much better.  Because if you do you need it, it will be a life saver.

For destination weddings, you’ll want both wedding insurance and travel insurance so that both your wedding and your travel is covered.

And I’d suggest you also mention travel insurance to your guests as well.  They can make a call on whether they want to buy it or not, but at least you’ll put the idea in front of them.

Newlywed couple on the beach enjoying the sunset at their wedding in Maui by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Aihara Visuals)

#2 – Have a good plan B

Talk with your venue about what your plan B would be in the case of bad weather.  If it’s a massive hurricane right over you, you won’t have a choice but to postpone/cancel.  But, if the hurricane is slowing down or isn’t directly over you, you may still be able to have your wedding, you’ll just have to adjust.

Hurricanes bring with it two things, rain and wind.  Depending on the size, speed and location, you may really only get one or the other.  So, if you’re having an outdoor wedding you’ll need to plan for that.

If it’s wind, you’ll need to make sure everything is weighed down and you have wind blockers.  If it’s rain, you’ll need to make sure you’re covered and have solid walkways.

And it should go without saying, but the easiest way to account for both these items is to move your wedding indoors.  However, that’s not always an option, so make sure you come up with a plan B that works with your venue.

Lighted tent for a wedding reception at a private estate for a destination wedding in Hawaii by destination wedding planner mango muse events

(Photo credit: What A Day! Photography)

#3 – Take care of your guests

Besides thinking about your venue, you’ll want to think about everything that your guests will need.  A hurricane wedding is not the same as if the weather was sunny and beautiful.  So, you’ll need to think about what will change and how that would affect your guests.

So, you might need transportation so that they don’t have to worry about driving in the rain.  Or perhaps you need to provide umbrellas for everyone.  Maybe you need to provide towels or change the menu to be more humid friendly.  Or perhaps it’s just simply telling people how to dress accordingly for the weather.Wedding party walking down stairs to the beach at a Half Moon Bay wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Strotz Photography)

There is so much to worry about when it comes to your wedding.  Don’t let something as big as a hurricane catch you off guard.

You can’t predict a hurricane and you can’t stop it.  But, you can plan ahead for a hurricane wedding.

Knowing what you need to change or adjust because you’ve thought through it already makes it a lot easier to handle.  Which means you’ll have one less thing to stress out about.

Worried that your wedding will be a disaster?  Contact us today.  We’ll make sure everything is planned for ahead of time so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the process.


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