Post # 1
I’m new! And I’m stoked to get married next weekend! I can’t believe it’s already here. June 24th is our wedding date.
Right now its forecasting rain for our wedding and surrounding it. I feel really sad about it! I’m sure there are so many brides in the same boat, I know it’s a very stressful time on top of everything else especially when your having an outdoor wedding..
Its still 8 days away, so I like to think that it’s got lots of time to change, and I hope I’m right. I’m optimistic, but right now I am fairly emotional thinking all our plans will have to be up heaved. We made plans to have our ceremony and reception all in one spot, all outside in a beautiful garden. We have a big white tent and walls to go with even! I’ve been preparing for possible sprinkles of rain, and I did everything with that in mind ( all the while praying for sun) .. a small amount of rain 3-5 mm would be totally fine! I would have rain boots and umbrellas and we would make it work under the tent.. I wouldn’t even bat an eyelash! .. the trouble is right now it’s forcasting up to 15mm and unfortunately that would inevitably run under the tent as we are on a slight slant. I can’t put my guests in that position.
We have a back up plan- a hall that is pretty plain and not terribly estetically pleasing, but nice enough that if we decorated it like crazy it would probably look pretty nice… but that of course wasn’t my vision- isn’t my vision. The other issue that comes with the hall is that we would have to take down everything that night at midnight or whenever the party was over because the hall needs to be used at 8 am the next morning.. That’s kind of lame! I know I have great friends and they would all help out, but that’s a ton of work on top of everything else.
The address of the hall would have to be sent out and plans would have to change pretty drastically. We would make the ” call ” Thursday afternoon/ evening probably and get the key for the hall Friday morning if it still has not changed. We have the whole day Friday to decorate.
At the the end of the day I’m marrying the guy I love so much and I’m so happy that I will be his wife, it means the world to me, and I know that if the hall was the only option I would place my disappointment on the shelf and try my hardest to embrace whatever day we would receive, but I am still a little worried and sad that I may not be able to have my garden wedding on a sunny lovely day.
Any advice or reassurance?
Post # 2
I think it sounds like you’ve got a back up plan and a positive attitude (lots of brides have neither lol). You’re getting married, make the best of it. Your guests won’t care about the lovely garden vs the slightly drab hall. They’re there to celebrate your love and have a fun time.
Everything will be perfect – rain or shine!
Post # 3
Rain is good luck. You also have a good outlook so that is the half of it. 🙂 My wedding day called for 80% chance of rain all day up until 10pm the night before, also with a outdoor wedding. I became very excited about cute rain pics and also just rain in general because I love rain, and I knew that as long as I was calm and cool about it everyone else would be! The day of it rained a baby bit in the morning, was cloudy and overcast alllll day but the sun would pop out for a couple minutes here and there and didn’t rain again until right before our exit! Keep being positive 🙂
It made super cute photos…
EDIT: I was trying to see it said it was supposed to rain all day the day of then at 10pm the night before it changed to about half the day, then the day of it barely rained. 🙂
Post # 4
how was the comfort level of being outdoors!? Did you guys have a tent and everything? If it does rain a small amount I would almost be excited too. It’s just monsoon I want to avoid 😂
I thought about getting a heater too, and if it did rain a small amount I would get one if we stick to our tent plan.
Post # 5
Your photos are amazing!!! 🙂
Post # 6
I have to say, I was in the same boat last month. Our wedding was outdoors but we had back up plans. I kept checking the weather and on the wedding day it said it would rain and the day before there would be a thunderstorm, the forecast changed to something better or worse every day which drove me crazy. So instead of just being excited and happy, I was feeling anxious, and worried the week before. I knew I was being irrational but added with stress I couldn’t help it.
During rehearsal it did rain but we didn’t mind (better to rain as much as possible the day before than the day of) the forecast for the wedding suddenly changed to no rain and I felt a little less nervous. The wedding day came and NO RAIN, in fact the weather was sunny and perfect in the morning. It rained a little during makeup, still about 2 hours before the 1st look, I was worried again but the rain stopped quickly, it just stayed a little cloudy. The ceremony came along and the clouds began to go away. As soon as I walked down with my dad, the sun began to brightly shine through, it was perfect timing. Here’s a photo a friend took after the ceremony (Can’t wait for the professional ones but I love this photo so much):
So my point is that I made myself nervous at an already stressful time when I shouldn’t have. It should’ve been an exciting happy time but I drove myself crazy refreshing the wunderground page constantly. I was happy and excited too, but I brought myself more stress than I had to. And even if it rained, as soon as the wedding day came nothing else mattered except marrying my best friend.
Post # 7
Yep, thats exactly how i feel to a T.
I was so down today, but I had to put on a happy face. I work in mental health doing counselling and it’s so hard when you are feeling blue too. Glad I made it through today. I’m not so naive though to think that it will not change.. I have great faith that it will and I keep telling myself it will, trying to let it go. It changed yesterday from 1 mm to today where it said 15 mm that’s a pretty drastic change in one day. And the likely hood of it changing again is high.
I have three weather apps on my phone. Yep three. I keep checking them all obsessively and inevitably I will keep checking them. 🙄 I also have Wunderground on my phone.. 😂
I will take the next few days at the very least with a grain of salt. The weather network says that it may rain 40 percent chance but up to 15 mm, all of the other weather apps including my apple weather say sun or sun and cloud on the 24th at this point and no rain.. Now I know those days can change too but it’s better for my mental health if I continue to look at those ones right now.. lol I even deleted the weather network off my phone so that I didn’t sit with it open and be upset. My anxiety through all this has been pretty high. We sound like we have had pretty similar experiences.. I’m really glad I’m not the only one.💗
Weddings are stressful!! I’ve had super stress and super amazing moments that I would never trade. It’s been a wild ride. We got engaged at Christmas. We have been together 7 years so we decided to just go for it and plan. I’m so happy that’s about to be done, I can’t wait to just go back to normal life. We are planning to take our honey moon either in July or sept. We are taking our camper van and cruising up the coast. Camping, sleeping, surfing and cooking on the fire…Just being together. I can’t wait for that.
My fiancé is currently in the garage fixing the truck we hope will run and be our ” just married vehicle ” it’s a 66 Chevy. So it’s fairly old and cranky right now.
Thanks for the reassurance. Your picture is so lovely. I would be so excited if the sun came out like that on my wedding day 🌷💕 fingers crossed the other weather apps are more accurate than the weather network lol 😂
Post # 8
The weather app reports seem pretty positive. Even weather network only says 40% chance. And if there is a little bit of rain, some of the cutest photos I’ve seen have been umbrella pictures!
Post # 9
For sure! I even ordered an umbrella off of amazon that’s clear because I feel ok with it if it did sprinkle. I guess we will just have to see. Tommorow is another day, I think Monday will be a more accurate depiction. 5 days is generally more realistic and even then it changes too. So many things to think about. If it wasn’t rain it was mosquities that I was worried about.. lol I’m just ready to be done worrying 😜
Post # 10
there are a lot of things to worry about! And most don’t make sense when you look back. Before I saw a rain forecast I saw something about WIND SPEEDS. I started researching how different wind speeds feel and bought veil weights that I never used. What you said last reminded me how worried I was for no reason, and you’re definitely not alone in that. Anyway have a great wedding! No matter what happens weather-wise (or mosquito-wise), it will be an awesome and happy day.
Post # 11
we did have a tent! it didn’t have walls or anything though and everyone was pretty comfortable, i think because i wasn’t bothered by it- no one else was! also, if you are having drinks at your wedding get a few drinks in people and they’ll barely notice the rain! haha
during our exit we ended up just moving the tables out of the way and doing it under the tent (we did a sparkler send off) so no one had to stand in the rain but everyone followed us to the car and stood in the rain and helped us!
Post # 12
Lots of people consider rain a sign of good luck! The people that don’t are the people who don’t have a back-up indoor option 😛
Post # 13
Just embrace the rain! It rained almost the whole day and was chilly on my wedding day! We only planned an outdoor ceremony and the rain luckily held out for the ceremony! Our reception was inside and guests didn’t seem to notice it was even raining. I was sad our guests couldn’t enjoy the venue grounds more but it was still an amazing day!
Post # 14
We got married in October and it freaking POURED for most of the day. Here is the very first photo from our professional getting ready shots, from inside our hotel room:
Our plan had been to be married outdoors, but we had many rentals that had to be cancelled and we had to make the call the day before. While I was so disappointed by the change of plan, it was a huge relief to just make the decision and go for it. We were very lucky that the chair rental company was amazing and gave us a full refund; the outdoor venue even gave us a full refund. We texted everyone the evening before: “They say rain is good luck on your wedding day, so we must be extra blessed! Because of Mother Nature you will now go directly to (The Restaurant) for our ceremony. We can’t wait to see you!”
Luckily, our backup option was a lovely covered patio off of the restaurant. It was cramped, but it was dry, and I still think beautiful:
There was a break in the rain and we did get some outdoor shots though it totally ruined my hair. Here you can see the water on H’s shoulders:
Your day will be perfect if you just accept that you can’t change the weather and embrace the changes. It made all the difference for me! Good luck!
Post # 15
It moved again, the weather. So far everything I look at says nice weather and the rain is supposed to come at night.. so just crossing my fingers. The farmers almanac also says the from the 24th to the 30th is supposed to be sunny and warm. That’s one of the reasons we planned for the 24th. We have done everything we can. Chances are even if it does rain it won’t be a ton and we can still have it under our tent. We have two patio heaters as well, but with 100 people under a tent if won’t be cold either.
We have a back up plan, and while not ideal, definitely better than not. 👌🏼