- Mrs. Mary Jane
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
If we do this whole wedding she-bang, it’s gonna be outdoors. This is due to the space being available for virtually free (family-owned), pretty much. Here’s some of the stuff I have to contend with.
We have seriously some of the worst weather where we live.
Winter is Long here. My birthday is in april, and growing up I have had sledding parties. I have also trick-or-treated in snowpants, with 3 feet of snow on the ground. so yea, winter is Long. Winter is also cold. REALLY cold. I live an hour north of Fargo. It’s REALLY REALLY COLD. This morning it was -2 F and only 20-30 mph winds, and I thought it felt pretty ‘warm’. There was a week and a half in early January where it never got above -20 F.
Summer starts in late may or early june and ends by mid september (when the temps go down into the 40s/50s). It gets very humid here in the summer. Not every day, but often. Temperatures can be 70s-100s. The cooler/less humid days are usually the windiest ones (see Wind below). In the mid-to-late summer, we can have tornados, "straight line wind storms" (like a tornado with no swirl – 100+ mph winds), and damaging hail. We have terrible, BIG mosquitos.
It’s very, very flat, and a lot of farm land, so we have very few trees. This means lots of wind, most of the time. I don’t mean a light breeze. I mean that 30-40 mph winds are normal, 50 is considered ‘gusts’. [When I lived in the west for a short time, 50 mph was a STORM and trees were falling. It’s pretty much weekly weather behavior around here.] It’s windy here to the point that you’re leaning in to the wind when you walk, dirt or snow stinging your face, cussing and cursing and praying you’ll get to the door soon.
So obviously, outdoor wedding will not happen in the winter. I’d LOVE a winter wedding, but we’re what some folks call Academics, so it doesn’t jive with our schedules. Spring here doesn’t really exist – it’s very unpredictable, full of mud and slush, and occasionally (god forbid), even a huge, devastating flood. So summer it is."Acts of God" can’t be stopped, but I can hope that by choosing a day in late may or early June, we will be able to avoid a lot of the late spring snows and thaws, nasty late-summer weather, as well as the biggest of the mosquitos. Renting a tent will also help us to contend with any "May showers" or "afternoon thunderstorms" that happen. The main concern of mind is the godawful, unstoppable wind. I can just see the tent being torn from its tie-downs and blowing disasterously across a hayfield. I guess that’s what the guys who put up the tent are supposed to be aware of though.
And well, if it did blow away, what’s the worst that could happen? A lot of windblown, mosquito-bitten guests, grassy/sandy cake, and a hilarious story to tell?