NOLA Wedding Hurricane Season

posted 3 years ago in New Orleans
Post # 3
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@MissPickleJean:  wasn’t a NOLA bride, but I grew up in Louisiana… so I know a thing or two about hurricane season.  Obviously, there isn’t much you can do about them. Luckily, you have plenty of time ( at least a week) to see where it will make landfall ( or thereabouts) to make arrangements. Most vendors have done this 1000x, so when you meet with them, make sure you have a contingency plan in place to take in to consideration any potential hurricanes.

Since Katrina, New Orleans is a little more ” gun shy” about weathering hurricanes. It is very possible that if their is one, your vendors may cancel altogether– but just be sure to ask them about this. Louisiana doesn’t actually get hit NEAR as much as Florida and Alabama. I am sure that your fall date will put you in the clear, most major ones happened in late summer ( I just looked for fun, since 2000… only 2 have hit Louisiana in the months of Oct/Nov).

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@MissPickleJean:  I have been through many hurricanes. I am from Baton Rouge, but have also lived outside of Mobile, AL– which also gets a lot of hurricanes. I have been through some big ones: Katrina, Ivan, Opal,  Danny was a RAINY one and I was young- but I do remember Andrew. 

 

The problem is almost always the rain and flooding. New Orleans is situated below sea level, but the surrounding areas are also very, very flood prone. Really, all the way inland until you reach BR is going to be very soggy, with lots of swamps and places that could get flooded out easily. The biggest threat hurricanes produce is the rain, so if you look at a hurricane like Danny- where it sat over Mobile Bay for 4 days and just dumped copious amount of water on the area, that is when flooding is going to be an issue. The only thing you can do it is to possibly move youe venue to a more centrally located city ( Lafayette, Alexandria, Baton Rouge) if you’re seriously concerned, or you can just chance it in NOLA and just have that teeny tiny ounce of thought that it is possible that a hurricane could interfere, but it isn’t extremely likely.

 

As far as air travel, I hate flying on the clearest of clear days– so flying in a hurricane would most certainly send me to an early grave, but I would imagine that air travel would be stopped going in and out of NOLA, BR and possibly even Gulf Port if there was a big storm. The outer bands on the storms can carry huge gusts of wind that you will exerience way before the storm even makes landfall.

Honestly– my biggest piece of advice is if you’re going to live in Louisiana long term, invest in a generator. It will seriously be the best money you ever spent.

 

Post # 7
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  • Wedding: April 2015

@MissPickleJean:  Oh honey! That’s just Burbon St. It always smells. 🙂 Hurricanes come and hurricanes go, don’t let it foil your plans. People still get married here every day. Have a contingency plan in place, and it will be just fine. 🙂

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