Thursday, August 25, 2011

DO NOT Come On Irene!

Weather is just one of the few details that a bride/ a planner/ mere mortals cannot control.  I have had a few close calls of rain in the morning but stopping by ceremony time and then I have had two weddings that had windy/rainy weather pretty much the whole day.  The show does go on but leading up to the big day can be extremely stressful if you have a less than sunny forecast.  While rain is one thing, the incoming Hurricane Irene is quite another.  I am going to a friend's wedding as a guest on Saturday evening, just as Irene is forecasted to hit the East Coast HARD.  And since I'm sure that my friend is not the only bride to be for this weekend, I've come up with a few suggestions to ease everyone's minds.

#1- Your planner/site coordinator has a back up plan but being flexible is key.  The back up plan includes not only moving any events that were outside to the inside but also securing a back up generator.  Being flexible may mean getting ready earlier to get outside before the storm hits for photos.

#2- Your guests love you. No one blames you for this hurricane. Ideally your guests have common sense and if it is safe to attend, they will and they will bring umbrellas.  Don't waste energy asking everyone if they are having fun, focus on enjoying the big day yourself!

#3- If there are food, drinks, people and lots of love then it will be a great wedding! If you have a large guest list coming in from out of town that can't make it, safety is always first.  I've had a blast at a 20 person wedding.  Don't focus on what is not happening or who is not there, focus on everyone who is there to celebrate with you!

And last but not least, there is this bride who had rain, hail and lost electricity for 3 hours of her reception but still had a great time at her wedding.  I found a few cute photos of weddings in rain, if Irene lets up enough for some photo time outside, take advantage!

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