When planning an outdoor elopement and/or adventure wedding, there is always a risk of inclement weather! You can control a lot of things while planning an elopement but unfortunately, Mother Nature is not one of them. That’s okay–“Perfect” conditions can be overrated anyway! Many people don’t know that overcast weather (very common in the Pacific Northwest) provides less harsh, more even lighting, for example! Rain or shine, your elopement day will be unforgettable–While we can’t guarantee a blue bird day, we can assure you that your photos will be unique and that any adverse weather will only add to your story! Don’t believe us? Check out these 5 epic elopement photos and see the helpful tips below on how to plan for bad weather on your elopement day.
April & Thomas got married on Ruby Beach, in Washington. A moody mist covered the beach, seemingly making the rest of the world disappear.
It DUMPED rain at Obstruction Point, in Olympic National Park and let up just minutes before the ceremony started. Stephanie & Patrick’s photographer captured their reflection in a puddle along the trail!
Eloping in a winter wonderland–Kelly & Colton got married in a literal blizzard!
Unfortunately, ‘Wildfire Season’ has become a thing on the West Coast (and air quality can reach unhealthy levels at times) but love is fireproof and the smoke created an otherworldly backdrop to Josh & Melinda’s day at Cape Kiwanda!
Honestly, wind can be one of the most annoying elements to battle but HELLO, fluttery dresses & Beyonce hair!
Weather Planning Tips
- Research beforehand what the best seasons to visit are, average weather temperatures and rainfall, etc.
- If you’re planning on eloping during shoulder or off-season, to avoid crowds, expect seasonal closures/less accessibility. Additionally, be aware of seasonal climate disasters, including wildfires, floods, hurricanes, etc.
- Consider backup locations in the surrounding area and/or book accommodations with a suitable backup option. For example, a cabin with a beautiful fireplace or covered patio
- Leave some wiggle room in the schedule for any last minute adjustments
- Hire vendors that have experience with elopements as they will be used to flying by the seats of their pants and will have experience shooting in all weather conditions
- Most vendors won’t reschedule because of weather so be prepared to be a little flexible and come with a go-with-the flow attitude!
Need help planning your elopement or adventure wedding? Contact The Greatest Adventure Weddings & Elopements to set up a complimentary consultation!
Cheers & happy planning!