- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
I just returned from a trip with T to Jamaica. We both happened to stumble upon two weddings at the resort.
The first wedding was held on the beach and everything was gorgeous. Flowers beautiful, setting perfect, decor just right, even the bows on the back of the chairs were just so…
But the wedding did NOT go on without a hitch for there was a factor that the bride did not take into consideration…WIND.
Wind is NOT your friend on your wedding day. I’m not talking about a light, gentle tropical breeze, but I’m talking about a W-I-N-D! Everything was blowing about. The short ceremony we witnessed while taking a stroll (we were locked out of our villa b/c the room keys didn’t work and were on way back to the reception area) was inaudible and the minister was trying to shout but nobody could hear him. The bride was gorgeous. Her dress was great, but she almost pulled a "marilyn monroe" because it was flying up and almost flew completely up! Nobody could hear a thing, and her lovely hairstyle was gone with the wind.
The second wedding we saw was less windy and in a different venue. Still the resort was windy, but there was a bit less because it was not held on the beach.
What I now know and will file away in my mental rolodex is to research the venue carefully. Make sure that ALL factors are explored. Not just what to do if in the event of rain, but what to do in the event of lots of wind. For wind can ruin floral arrangements, a ceremony cannot be heard, and the bride and bridesmaids might find their style greatly altered.
Sometimes the perfect place isn’t the most practical place. Carefully scour the venue you’re choosing. Visit it before the wedding if you can. Scout out MORE THAN ONE option too! One in case of rain, one in case of severe wind. Remember, sometimes there’s more than marrying with the sand beneath your feet and the ocean at your back. The perfect site could be in a sheltered gazebo overlooking a quiet bay or a fragrant garden a little further away from the beach itself.