Tuesday, May 13, 2008
One of my brides, who is getting married at the end of the month, is worried. We're in the middle of May, but it feels like the middle of March. It has rained for three days straight (with more predicted before the week is over), and it's cold. "Should we shift gears and go with the backup plan?" she asks. In other words, bring the outdoor ceremony indoors. Here's the thing about me and the weather: I don't worry about the weather. It's the one thing I know I have absolutely no control over, so I just work with it and, strangely, appreciate it. A light rain makes the colors of nature brighter and more beautiful and makes for gorgeous photos. However, with all planned outdoor ceremonies it's always wise to have a backup plan in place (even if you're expecting great weather). It's also just as important to remove the weather.com bookmark from your computer. It only feeds your worry, and it won't change the weather. In my opinion, the best time to check the weather for your wedding day is that morning (yes, not even the night before). However, I do start tracking it, with some disbelief, at least three - five days out and there are some situations that will require you to make a decision earlier rather than later (i.e. if major tenting is involved), but if the plan is as simple as arranging chairs in the garden versus the ballroom, then two hours before the wedding is decision time - in or out - it's going to be a glorious day.