Couples often look for outdoor venues for their weddings - how perfect is that! Except when it rains or snows. Contingency planning requires a flexible venue and multiple solutions.
When my husband and I got married 40+ years ago, the night before our event it snowed over 4 feet! We had no contingency. Many of our guests couldn't make it because travel was too treacherous.
We pressed on with the wedding since the officiant showed up, but it was sad to not have all the invited there with us.
Knowing what I know now, a contingency is a must for all weddings. Here are some tips for your plan:
1. Have at least two back up venues. Your first choice, your Mother's house, down by a creek in the park. Plan an alternate venue of some sort so you're not scrambling at the last minute.
2. Plan your perfect wedding, one a little less than perfect, and one that is bare bones. You can always go back and have a celebration.
3. The most important part is the ceremony. Without it, you are not married. Talk to the officiant and ask them for their contingency if something prohibits them from performing your ceremony.
Planning is important, especially for your big day. Take time to ensure your wedding will occur according to one of your plans!