Rain or Shine, the Wedding is on!
If you didn't know already, the only thing that you cannot control at your wedding is the weather. Everything else can be timed out and planned to a T, but the rain or sun or snow or hurricane is something you will not know until about 3 days before, if not even the day of. That is why we recommend taking the following actions to be as best prepared for any type of weather that may come your way on your wedding day.
Take it from a pro who has three weather apps on her phone and checks them frantically leading up to every weekend, that no matter how many apps you have, they are all going to be different. I highly recommend not looking at your weather forecast until at least 5 days out, as in my experience the 10 day forecast is always wrong. At three days you are going to be rather close as to what is going to happen and even up until the day of it could change. Why you ask? Mostly because you are getting married on Cape Cod where it may be raining in Brewster but sunny in Dennis!
No matter what you need to have a backup plan in place for at least rain, if not worse if it is a time of year that is prone to snow or nor’easters. For any of my clients planning on a tented event, outdoor ceremony and/or cocktail hour, we always have a rain plan at the bottom of our time line. That way we can hop over to that plan if we need to the day of the wedding and be ready to go with indoor options. If your ceremony is supposed to be on the beach and the backup plan is a conference room with no windows, you have to make sure that you can envision that happening. Granted, it is the worst case scenario, but if you do not think it all through you could be super sad when you’re inside instead of out.
If you are planning to have a tented event, this post is really for you. One thing that you have to be 100% okay with is that it could potentially downpour on your wedding day. If you are not okay with that, then you need to find a ceremony and reception location that is indoors or at least have a backup plan that you are okay with. For tents, you can also talk to your tent company about rain tent options. This is where you reserve a tent for your ceremony or cocktail hour backup and then at the three day out mark you can decide if you want to put it up or not. If you decide not to, the tent company will only charge you half the cost of the tent. To me that is pretty great rain insurance!
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About the blogger: Jamie Bohlin is the owner and event planner at Cape Cod Celebrations, and has been working weddings and events on Cape Cod for over 8 years.