1. Choose your wedding date wisely
As mentioned above, choosing a date outside the peak months is the best way to avoid hurricane season when planning your destination wedding. But, if that isn't possible, consider these general rules of thumb... Hurricane season runs from June to November, with the most active months being August, September, & October. So, consider a wedding in June, July, Mid to Late November, or early December.
2. Research the weather patterns
Each destination has different weather patterns during hurricane season, so research before choosing a location. Some islands or regions may be more prone to hurricanes than others. For example, the northern Caribbean islands are at higher risk than the southern ones. Consider speaking with a travel agent specializing in weddings to help you pick the right time and location.
3. Consider wedding & travel insurance
Wedding insurance can provide a financial safety net in a hurricane or other natural disaster. It can cover unexpected expenses such as cancellations, postponements, or rescheduling fees. It's important to note that not all wedding insurance policies cover natural disasters, so read the fine print before purchasing a policy.
Travel insurance is recommended for you and your guests. If the weather prevents you from arriving at your destination or requires you or your guests to depart early, it will protect your investment. Travel insurance is always recommended, but during the tropical season, it is
much more imperative, so encourage your guests to have the right coverage.
4. Have a backup plan
Regardless of your wedding date, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather. When booking your venue and vendors, ask about their contingency plans in case of inclement weather. For example, some resorts may have indoor facilities or
covered areas that can serve as backup locations for the ceremony or reception. Of course, it's always a bonus when you love the backup venue as much as your chosen outdoor venue.
5. Stay updated on weather forecasts
If you're planning a wedding during hurricane season, be sure to stay informed about any potential tropical storms or hurricanes that could impact your wedding plans. Sign up for weather alerts, monitor weather websites, and contact your vendors and venue. Be prepared to make changes if necessary, and I advise you to make a swift decision, getting the advice of the onsite wedding team if things are not looking promising on your wedding day.
If the wedding team at your venue advises you to change to an indoor venue due to the weather report, and you choose to move forward with an outdoor event, they will likely have you sign a contract. If the weather does disrupt the wedding, there will be a fee to set up the wedding decor again in the backup location.
The combination of fun, excitement, and relaxation a destination wedding in Mexico or The Caribbean* can offer is an unbeatable experience. We hope you have found this article helpful and that it answered some of your questions about wedding dates, weather, and the time of year to visit.