Post # 1
Hello all you fellow bee’s,
I am trying not to have a panic attack. I did 11 years of research on my day, and it had not rain on that day in over a decade. Now after being with my other half for 18 years we are getting married, and it says it is going to rain. Super ad right now. I have been planning my wedding for 2 YEARS yes 2 YEARS.
I am trying not to freak out and Fiance said who cares if it rains, it will make for awesome photos he said. He is amazing and I guess I will try to go with the flow and not freak out. Thank god he is so grounded because I am a wreck!
Any other bee’s getting married in the pac west this next weekend???????
Post # 3
Oh yes it rained on our wedding day (June 7 of this year). We hired a lovely room overseeing central park for views and pictures in the park only to have torrential rain that day, mist and no view or pics in central park! We have been together for 20 years and had also planned for this one day for a year and a half. Completely understand how you feel.
Top tip bring spare shoes because I sloshed my way in through masses amounts of rain washing down the pavement and through the gutters in my satin peep toe shoes (ERK!).
Make sure you have a back up plan in terms of where to have photos. Is there another indoor venue that is grand, etc. (e.g. grand central station) that you can have pictures taken before your ceremony or after. I wish we had organized the permits in advance but we didn’t so we were left with the majority of the pictures in the hotel (most did not work out) and the rest were at the venue. We should not have spent less time taking photos in the hotel and should have moved to the venue or someone else in advance of the ceremony.
We were lucky we had all of the transport organized and we were able to get through the traffic in NY to the venue. So my point here is if you have bad weather, check that everything is in a reasonable distance and your time line can account for delays due to the whether (including the guests and vendors getting to the venue). I think we had to delay our ceremony to allow time for the guests to arrive for the coat checks to take place. Our vendors were all fine though.
Here is our wedding trailer (we had crap whether) https://vimeo.com/69771152
Is your ceremony and venue indoors? If they are both indoors (particularly reception), the good news is that you and your guests wont be focused on the rain anymore (provided your not relying on views).
Everyone will tell you that the rain means good luck. I told myself that it could have been worse. i could have woken up with the flu or a giant zit on my head, floral or the caterer did not arrive, etc.
Post # 4
Its suppose to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day! =)
Anyhow you can still get some really cute photos! (all photos curtisy of pinterest!)
Dont fret over what you cant control. Keep in mind your marrying the love of your life! <3
Post # 5
@ycare: Rain isn’t so bad. It rained ALL DAY on ours. We were supposed to have our photos outside at a flower and rock garden near a greenhouse. Couldn’t do outside, but the greenhouse near by were super nice and let us take pics inside.
Post # 6
We had an outdoor tented reception, with rain all day. It wasn’t actually that bad, and many people thought it was a very romantic rain.
Post # 7
The week before our wedding the weather was great. The day after our wedding it was great. On our wedding day we had one of the very few wet days we’ve had this summer. It honestly made no difference at all. In fact our pictures are all the more imaginative because of the rain. We’d also been together for nearly 18 years on our wedding day!
However, as pp have said, you do need to make provisions for rain unless you are happy getting wet – we really didn’t mind! So check out alternative venues for photographs and if necessary get the required permits. I’ve experienced rain in the Pacific North West and Portland in particular. But you also have some wonderful locations that will be just as lovely in the rain.
Also, be aware that weather forecasting (even in the US where weather is more dependable) is not always an exact science. The rain that’s currently predicted for the 31st could easily not fall on that day!
Post # 8
@SnowBunny420: Ack..when did this happen? I just checked the weather this morning and said partly cloudy. Guess I’m in the same boat as you (I’m getting married in Canby)
Post # 9
For the two weeks before our wedding, I stalked various weather forecast websites. And then the day before, I suddenly realised that it didn’t matter. It rained quite a bit on our wedding day and I honestly didn’t mind! I thought it would panic me but it didn’t. Whatever the weather, you are getting married to the love of your life and that day is going to be very special. x
Post # 10
@KingsDaughter: Yes very true. Unfortunately for us we had gusty winds (the kind that turn umbrellas inside out which don’t make good pictures) and torrential rain (residue from a hurricane off shore). It would have been fine if it was soft rain and no wind. ‘
I guess it can always be worse. I remember friends that had their wedding planned on the day of hurricane Irean. Now I feel terrible for these people as their wedding was cancelled with a lot of sunk money (e.g. floral).
Post # 11
Try not to stress too much. Generally the weather forecast isn’t even that accurate until 3-4 days out.
Post # 12
@SnowBunny420: 1ST off he is right it iwll make awesome photos
2nd its to soon to tell really it can change still u got lotso f time for it to change weather changes all the time … i dont know where u live wher ei live it will be wet and cloudy in the morning pretty sun in the afternoon so hopefully if it does rain it will burn off like it does here
Post # 13
@SnowBunny420: OK- it’s offensive to those who have actually suffered true panic attacks to here people say they are “trying not to have a panic attack” over rain on thier wedding day.
It’s rain. Keep a cute umbrella with you- you’re marrying the love of your life, and that’s all that matters, right?
I know you’ve spend a lot of money, I know it’s not what you “planned”- but it’s certainly not worth “having a panic attack over”
Stay positive- the weather people are not perfect.
Post # 14
I have had panic attacks and I certainly wasn’t offended OP!
Maybe try to expect rain, then when it’s sunny you can really celebrate! Or perhaps that’s awful advice. I’m trying not to think about it too much.
Post # 15
So it rained on my wedding day too. I live in Colorado, where it NEVER rains, and our venue said in a history of 15 years doing weddings, they had to move the ceremony indoors only ONCE for inclement weather (I got married on a golf course). We picked this location ENTIRELY for the background to the ceremony outdoors, and it was over budget.
I spent the week before my wedding looking at the weather and warding off panic attacks. It didn’t help when I kept having people say to me “hmmm, I don’t like that it has rained every afternoon the past month.” But the day of, seriously, I was just so calm and happy I didn’t even care. We had to jump in and out of the rain when there were small interims where we could get everyone out for pictures (our first look was in the rain), and our venue coordinator checked the doppler like a fiend to see when it would subside. Ultimately, we had to put our ceremony off an hour, and we had cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony instead of after. But about half an hour before our newly-scheduled ceremony it basically stopped, and they wiped off all the chairs and our friends set up the decorations SUPER quick while Darling Husband and I took pictures by a nearby lake (the overcast skies were GORGEOUS see below). I thought I would panic enormously if I had rain, but shockingly, I didn’t. And you won’t either.
It DID help that our coordinator was a freaking superstar, and our photographer was the definition of efficient as she got everyone in and out of the rain for pics. But you know what? It was the absolute perfect, perfect day. Maybe talk to your photographer and coordinator and find out the contingency plans, or find out if the photographer can be flexible/spontaneous in trying to fit photos around the weather?
In the end, don’t worry, I think most weddings with rain end up beautiful regardless.
Here are some pics 😉
Post # 16
Dancing-in-September +1. I have a phobia I deal with and panic attacks, but I realize people use hyperbolic speech. No reason to be offended.
By The Way, OP, my aunt came up to me on my wedding day and said “Your grandparents had rain on their wedding day and they were married for 67 years.”