Post # 1
So my forecast for the wedding day on Friday now includes “40% chance scattered thunderstorms.” The temperature is perfect, so I’m trying to focus on that, but I am still hoping for enough clear weather for the short evening ceremony. (The reception is under a canopy anyway.) We have a rain backup but it’s not quite as perfect ;D and as it overlaps the reception space would make decoration tricky.
How optimistic should I be?
Are there any specific precautions I should be taking?
Any suggestions in general?
More info: The wedding is on a large boat, entirely on the top decks. The ceremony is on an open deck and the reception is on a covered deck nearby. The rain backup is to use the covered deck but I’m not sure how the venue is going to “flip” the space or how to decorate if we run into rain. (Especially since we were going to decorate in the morning but now I’m concerned we’ll put everything up, much of which is paper! and then it’ll get rained on.)
Overall honestly rain is not even my biggest worry but it’s just something in the back of my mind I’d like to have a contingency for. Any suggestions or experiences would help.
Post # 3
I think you are going to have a perfect rain free day BUT I would probably talk to the venue and double check a rain/thunderstorm plan just to be safe. Maybe they have another place for the ceremony or you can bring on a tent?
The 40% could just be if its a little humid there is always a chance of rain but it usually doesn’t. I would just watch it closely for the next few days and make sure you do have a back up.
Post # 4
I would definitely talk to the folks that run the boat and see if they have any suggestions. Chances are, this isn’t the first time they’ve had to protect their guests from rain! As for the decor, I know it means everything to us as brides, but truly, your guests won’t really notice, and I’m sure everyone will be more than understanding if you have to use your rain plan without your paper decorations. My decor would be destroyed by rain too, but at the end of the day, I’m just really excited to marry this guy. The perfect decor is just a perk
That being said, rainy wedding photos are 100% my favorite. We’re having our wedding outdoors, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m kind of hoping for rain (I’m the weirdest bride I know). Get some cute umbrellas and rain boots and you’ll have some lovely (and unique) photos!
I think, based on your forecast, you’re probably in the clear. If it does rain, you might be able to postpone the ceremony for 15-20 minutes to see if it stops. If it’s just scattered storms, you might get lucky enough that it passes quickly. Good luck, I hope everything works out!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
40% precip is pretty low!! Like everyone has already said, double check with your venue, but I think you should stay optimistic 🙂
Post # 6
I had 100% rain forecast on my DW beach wedding.. There was storm. Ceremony, cocktails & reception were all to be at this private beach. We picked the safest known rain-free month of the year and global-warming messed up the weather and our plans. Our venue prepared a back up but everybody traveled far for this beach event and I didn’t wanna get married inside the resort.
I insisted to have the ceremony at the beach and have the cocktails & reception moved indoors. I’m Catholic and i kept my faith. As soon as I saw the forecast 1 week before our wedding, I went to visit the known miracle-working churches and saints in our area. DH and I also offered to sacrifice “our thing” for until after the wedding. 😉
flights were cancelled the day before our wedding because of the storm, rain in the morning Of our wedding day.. But to evrybody’s surprise, There wasn’t a single drop of rain during our ceremony at the beach. It rained again while we were having reception indoors, and some flights were delayed the day after our wedding, still caused by the storm.
Miracles happen 🙂