So you have a magnificent outdoor beach-style wedding planned …
The forecast has been for an incredible day, but come the morning it looks like it will bucket down. What to do?
Renowned for its fabulous weather that often brings rain at night and fine skies during the day, the Eastern Bay would be one of the safest bets for an outdoor wedding.
But, the weather gods may decide to throw a curve ball so it is a good idea to always have a back-up plan if you are going for a ceremony, reception or photographs outside.
Have a good quality gazebo or tent on stand-by that helpers can put up quickly if needed.
Think about having outdoor heaters available for the reception, even in summer – a southerly can quickly chill the temperature.
Regardless, it’s a good idea to have a swag of umbrellas on hand so that if there’s a bit of rain you can still have outdoor images with an arty twist of black umbrellas. It could create quite a different mood and be romantic.

Back-up venues are a must. You must have an alternate venue when you apply for a wedding licence anyway, so give it some serious thought at the outset.

Wedding vehicles are another thing that can hold up proceedings … ensure that the driver doesn’t flatten the battery listening to music in the car while waiting for the bride to get ready (it’s happened!).
All-in-all things may not go to plan; that is just the nature of events. How you react to these unplanned changes may impact on your overall day, so keep a positive frame of mind and be determined to enjoy the day no matter what.
After all, the most important thing is that you have your partner and that your guests are happy and comfortable.