When planning your destination wedding the one thing you are absolutely hoping for is the beautiful weather that comes with it! Whilst we all pray for a perfect temperature and no rain, we also know that we cannot control the elements and occasionally. Whether it be too hot, raining, or even a bit chilly being prepared is the key! We host many a destination wedding here at Château Saint Georges and we aim to arm you with the knowledge you need to be able to be prepared and to plan your destination wedding day with minimal disruptions and disappointments so it’s a day to remember for all! We give you the potential weather-related issues and how to deal with them when planning your destination wedding.
The Wedding Ceremony
Your wedding ceremony could be affected by either the heat or the rain and a plan B is always the best option. If there is a heatwave on your wedding day then this could be as disruptive as rain. Not everyone likes the heat and you’ll need to think about keeping your guests cool if you are having an outdoor ceremony. A good way to do this is to make sure there is water readily available, there are some shaded areas or parasols and fans at the ready, and that you don’t keep your guests waiting too long.
Wedding Day Rain
Like everywhere, it still rains in the South of France, without it we wouldn’t have the beautiful greenery that surrounds us here at the Château. Many of our couples presume it won’t rain, so they don’t have a plan if it does. We’ve got you. The Château is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside so your ceremony will be just as stunning. We have allocated rooms for all the parts of your wedding day, from the ceremony to the drinks reception and your evening party. Infact all these parts of your wedding can be in different locations so you and your guests can appreciate the beauty of the whole of the Château, we love an evening reception by our beautiful indoor pool! If you’re willing to brave the rain you can also get some incredible photography too! And remember it might not rain all day, if you’re prepared and your venue is prepared things can be moved around to enjoy the beautiful sunshine if it comes out!
The Location and timings
Always explore the different locations where you can host the different parts of your wedding day as there may have to be some changes to consider. Think about where you want to host each part and where else it would be suitable if there was extreme weather; we can help you with this. For most destination wedding venues there will be some form of air conditioning if the weather gets too hot, but bear in mind that for this to work the doors have to be closed. For example at the Château most of our couples want the doors open to enjoy the sunshine throughout the day, however, in the evening, they want a cooler reception venue. For the AC to work properly this means the doors need to be closed and it can take a while for it to work so make sure you bear this in mind when you’re planning your timings for the day. When it comes to timings work with your venue, and listen to your venue about what’s best. If you’re getting married in the height of summer you might not want to have your ceremony in the peak sunshine hours, most destination weddings have a later start time to avoid this.
Always be prepared. Get help from your venue and ask them what’s best. They host many weddings and they know what works, especially when you need a plan B for your wedding day. For heatwaves, have things at hand to keep your guests cool, both ice cream trucks and popsicles have worked for us in the past. If it rains, embrace it, have umbrellas for people to use and know that it probably won’t last all day. If you’re prepared the weather will never interrupt your amazing day!
And remember, the best weddings are both fun and relaxed events, and with working with your venue, and your wedding planner it will ensure that everything runs smoothly and accoridinging to plan, no matter what the weather decides to do!
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