We are so glad spring is finally here – but not so excited in knowing that it also means there is always a potential for rainstorms. While we welcome the occasional spring shower, knowing that it could happen at your next outdoor event is less than ideal. Whether you are preparing for an upcoming celebration this month or not, it is good to now how to prepare for inclement weather. Don’t let the possibility of bad weather keep you from hosting an outdoor event – just keep these tips in mind and prepare accordingly:
- Tell your guests that your event is being held outside. This way they can do their part and plan on wearing clothes and shoes that will be suitable for any changes in weather. No one wants to show up at a backyard bridal shower in brand new heels and spend the whole time removing dirt and grass from their shoes!
- Get a tent. Easily accessible at any large party rental place, tents are a great idea because they are the best protection for any sort of bad weather – rain or otherwise. Tents come in various sizes, and you will be sure to find one that will fit in the outdoor location of your party. Tents are great because they also make your event look more pulled together.
- Invest in some bug spray. While it is still a little early on to be worrying about bugs, it is never a bad idea to have some citronella candles or bug spray handy. You don’t necessarily have to have it out, but have bug deterrent options at the ready. Your guests will be eternally grateful for this.
- Have umbrellas handy. If you are having a large soiree like a wedding or anniversary party, it can be a great idea to buy umbrellas in bulk and hand them out at your party. Not only do they make a cute party favor (often times you can choose the color and even get your initials or words printed on them), they will keep your guests happy and dry.
- Talk to your party collaborators. If you are planning on having any professional photos taken at your outdoor bash, talk ahead with your photographer about the possibility of rain. Discuss waterproof makeup and hair options with your hairstylist and makeup artist. Ask your wedding planners about any weather concerns you have. Remember, they are the experts, and have experience in working in all kinds of weather, rain included.
- Stay positive. Rain is not the worst thing in the world, and if the rest of your event looks great, then who cares about the weather? Don’t stress out if you see gray skies approaching. You are there to socialize and have fun!