Post # 1
Okay so Hurricane season for Hilton Head, South Carolina is June-November, with an emphasis on August and September. My wedding is Sept 18, 2010.
Sooooo, Even though the odds are slim, what the heck am I supposed to do if there is a hurricane coming and everyone evacuates the island, say, two days before my wedding? Will I get my money back?
Hilton Head hasn’t had a hurricane touch down since 1897, but they’ve been affected by other hurricanes in the more recent past. I suppose I should find it reassuring that they haven’t been directly hit by a hurricane since the 1800’s, but I tend to think that means it’s just long overdue for one–eeks!
Is anyone else having a beach wedding in Florida, the Virgin islands, or the caribbean, during “hurricane season”? I find it hard to believe that people completely avoid getting married at these locations between June and November.
Yes, I’m paranoid on a Monday morning at 4 a.m. Next stop: my psychiatrist. need me some valium.
Post # 3
Step one: Calm down! Breathe!
Freaking out won’t help anything 🙂 as I keep reminding myself when I have panic moments.
Step two: Find your venue contract.
You may not be native to SC, but your venue is. And that means that they go through this every year. They almost certainly have hurricane insurance. Your contract may even have a clause for what happens should your wedding be cancelled due to hurricane. If it doesn’t, shoot your venue coordinator an email (so you’ll have their response in writing) and ask about their policy.
If they do not, for some reason, cover that kind of thing (I’d honestly be surprised, what with liability being what it is in the States these days), you could consider looking into wedding insurance.
Step three: Pour yourself a glass of wine. And get some sleep!
Post # 4
I couldn’t have put it better, daydream. BBAmy, I would second the insurance, not just for your venue, but the entire affair. Chances are there will be no hurricane on or just before the exact date of your wedding, just make sure you protect yourself with insurance and alternative plans. A hurricane near your wedding date could potentially impede travel for you & your out of town guests but so could a snow storm.
This is a detail that is completely out of your hands but it may help you relax when you remember that the past few hurricane seasons have been very mild; especially last year… so rest easy 🙂
Best of luck (rooting for clear skies for you)!
Post # 5
Hurricane seaons is LONG — something like June – November. You really can’t put your life (and wedding) on hold for six months. And think about allllllllll the other brides getting married along the coast during those six months. Of course it’s natural to worry about the weather on your wedding day as every bride does that. But you can’t obsess over the hurricane thing. I would get some insurance and a Plan B – preferrably indoors – and then move along with your wedding plans and don’t let yourself get too anxious about something that you have zero control over!!!!
Post # 6
Hello date twin! If it makes you feel better we’re having a beach reception in RI. While, we’re further north, RI has been hit hard by hurricanes in the past (including one on my birthday). So, we picked our date and are keeping our fingers crossed. WE’r also honeymooning in the Carribean to push our luck even further. Really, what are you going to do? I guess our venue will be closed if there’s a hurricane (or it gets hit earlier in the season) but we can’t know that far enough in advance so we won’t deal with the what ifs. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you too!
Post # 7
I talked to my venue and they said if there is a hurricane and the island is evacuated, they will reschedule us to another date at no additional cost. I’m fine with that.
The odds of a hurricane are so very low on any given day.
Post # 8
So glad to hear your venue has a good plan in place. 🙂
You might want to double check with your other vendors whether their contracts allow you to push the date back without penalties as well – hopefully they will!
Post # 9
I”m mostly worried about the venue and catering since they will be the largest portion of our expense