Post # 1
According to 15-day weather forecasts, there looks to be a good chance of rain happening either around or on my wedding day (8.8). This has been the most unseasonably rainy summer I’ve ever experienced here and I’m kind of freaking out. We’re still more than 10 days out, so I know that the forecasts can’t be 100% accurate, but is it selfish of me to be stressing over it? We’re having an outdoor ceremony in this beautiful garden venue and had planned a lot of outdoor photo ops. I know it’s just one day and I am SO excited to be marrying my man but gosh darn it if I’m not pissed we could have rain. The hard work I put into planning and creating the decor, not to mention the $ we spent on the ceremony venue (which was a draw as an OUTDOOR venue) all seems kind of pointless now :(.
Gah, anyway, I just need someone who may understand my state of mind right now. FI thinks I’m kind of ridiculous and I agree with him but as one of the few things that’s truly out of my control, I just can’t help how I’m feeling about this.
Post # 3
It’s okay to be upset, I think! My friend and fellow bride-to-be constantly refer to it as an Us vs. Mother Nature showdown. I think there are ways to work around inclement weather, though. For example, I know some couples who chose to do firstlook photos so they could do it while the weather was still good. Good or bad weather, just remember it’s still your wedding day!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception
In the days leading up to our wedding day, the weatherman was either my best friend or worst enemy, depending on the forecast. Some days he said thunderstorms, some days he said sunny and gorgeous… it wore me out! I was constantly stalking the weather, which was ridiculous because it was something I absolutely could not control. But gosh darn it, our wedding was outside, and I would have cried my eyes out if it was raining and we had to put our back-up plan into action.
So I completely understand. Luckily, it turned out gorgeous for us, so maybe the same will happen for you. And honestly, even if it does rain it probably won’t be all day long (I hope!), so you could have time to do photos. I’ll cross my fingers for you!!!
Post # 5
@charmedbride: Where do you get 15-day forcasts? I WANT ONE!! We have the same date. 🙂
Post # 6
thanks for the support ladies! it really makes me feel better!
the thing is gets me is that so far, we have severe t storms for the friday before (which may screw with our set up and rehearsal but okay, i THINK i can deal), but most of the day on saturday is supposed to be nice EXCEPT for morning showers — and of course, our ceremony is bright and early in the morning :(! not to mention all day yesterday we had bright sunshine and torrential downpour, usually spanning a matter of minutes. i’m not sure what would make me cry more — not having the wedding outdoors in general b/c of the rain, or getting lulled into a false sense of security and getting stuck in a downpour. okay, nevermind it would have to be no. 2 =P. wet, drenched bride is not a look i want to rock on my wedding day…
Post # 7
@ miss snowflake — i’ve been checking accuweather.com. but as my fiance keeps reminding me and what powderpuff mentioned, the weather seems to be constantly changing and forecasting that far in advance may not be totally accurate. but i wish you better weather results than i’ve been seeing for myself!
Post # 8
It’s not selfish of you to be stressing out over the weather, but honestly, what can you do about it? I would look for or ask your photographer if they have any neat umbrellas, which would look awesome for your portraits IF it rains. Having a back-up plan will help your stress. Be prepared for rain, and you know what? It probably won’t rain!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens
I am in your shoes right now. I made the mistake of looking at a 15 day forecast and it’s saying a thunderstorm in the morning. I know my venue and any sign of rain and my ceremony will be inside. I’m trying not to think about it yet as this is definitely something we can’t control. At the same time, the weather folks have been wrong this past week, so you never know.
When will the decision be made for your rain alternative?
@Miss Snowflake – I found one at Accuweather.com
Post # 10
I can relate charmedbride. It’s monsoon season here in northern arizona so the weather is very unpredictable… We’re planning an outdoor wedding as well (on saturday!) and there is no way of knowing what will happen. Do you have a indoor backup plan?
Post # 11
@budgetbeautiful — I’m looking at cute umbrellas right now, so I’m trying :). *sigh* The problem is I really have no idea what we’d do for pictures if it does rain, just b/c all of the good places for photos are outdoors. I hope you’re right about the rain :)!
@miss swan — My venue coordinator says they usually wait untli the last possible moment to make the final call. That’s the thing with the freaking weather around here, it’s always changing its mind!!
Yes, norternazbride, we do! Our indoor backup plan really isn’t that bad, it’s in a lovely little library within the historic house on the grounds we’re marrying at…but it’s also really small and will definitely not accommodate all of our guests, not to mention no air conditioning! So, eh, I’m still hoping we don’t have to go that route.
Anyway, thanks for messages of understanding and support all, it really has made a difference!! I know this is outside of my control so I’ll try my best to keep with the positivity for now :)!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I totally understand, I’m having an outdoor wedding too with GORGEOUS photo opps. I’m already stressing out about the rain and my wedding’s not for 10 months! The problem with the weather is, you can’t do nothin’ about it….but it’s still way way early for the weather to be accurately forecasted so hopefully it will be wrong!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and pray for sun!
Post # 13
I totally know how you feel! This summer’s weather has been especially crazy. I have “weather anxiety” as it is and worrying about it on my wedding day is going to send me over the edge. So, I just keep telling myself that this is something I absolutely have no control over and will be the one thing that I’ll have to let go. Worst comes to worst, we’ll re-do pictures on a nicer day. I hope you’ll get good weather though, fingers crossed!
Post # 14
Don’t worry ladies! It poured my entire wedidng weekend. It poured for the rehearsal dinner. It poured for the ceremony. It poured for the photos. It poured for the reception. It poured for the brunch. It poured on our way to the airport. It rained so much all the highways flooded and some of our guests couldn’t even get home! It was a 20-year record rainfall. And it didn’t ruin anything. It was humid, there were puddles in the reception hall and the roof was leaking. And everyone still came and partied and nobody complained and we got wonderful photos and it was the best day of my life. Do I wish it hadn’t rained? Heck yes! But we didn’t let it ruin the day.
Don’t worry about the rain! Your vendors will do what they can to help and all your guests will be extra kind to you and at the end of the day everyone will say what a gracious and composed bride you were.
Post # 15
charmedbride, I think we are stalking the same weather! I am also getting married in Michigan on 8/8. I too will be majorly disappointed with rain, but have actually been planning for the worst and trying to prepare myself since the weather this year has been so crazy. maybe if we both buy umbrellas it won’t rain 😉
seriously though it is WAY too early to be accurate so don’t let it wear you out emotionally – and actually this past week’s New York Times featured wedding was apparently super rainy but they ended up with this great double rainbow picture.(scroll down a bit.)
Post # 16
Masschusetts has had terrible rain all summer. I am so afraid for my September wedding! I will be freaking out when the time comes. I wish you the best!!!