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Planning for a wet wedding day


Even The Weather Network's own Natalie Thomas embraced the rain on her wedding day
Even The Weather Network's own Natalie Thomas embraced the rain on her wedding day

Matt Casey, staff writer

April 26, 2011 — Weddings are often planned meticulously down to the very last detail. But one element that is beyond control is the weather. Find out how you can plan for a rainy wedding day.

Dogs enjoy the wedding spirit
Dogs enjoy the wedding spirit

Different cultures have different views of what a wet wedding day means. For some, rain on a wedding day is a sign of good luck and a lasting marriage, but for others it can signify an unhappy union.

No matter what you believe, wedding planners say there's no reason to let the weather rain on your parade.

Kim Choy is an Office Events Manager with The Wedding Planners in Toronto. She says that when a wedding is outdoors, the couple-to-be should always have an alternate plan.

“The couple should consider a back up plan. A lot of venues that do offer an outdoor ceremony site will have a back up plan in place whether or not the bride and groom even want to consider it.”

Choy adds it's sometimes necessary for the bride and groom to stay at the venue site to determine if the ceremony will go on as planned.

“It's usually customary of the venue to have the bride and groom stay on site the day before. If it looks like it's supposed to rain they have to find out that day if they still want to do it outside.”

If plans for the big day are outdoors here are some simple tips to make sure everything goes smoothly--rain or shine:

  • Have a back up plan. When planning an outdoor wedding be sure to ask about an alternate interior location that can be used if the day looks to be quite wet.
  • Consider using a tent. But be cautious, most tents will only be suitable for light to moderate rain storms and not a heavy downpour.
  • Choose a location that stays accessible during rain. Parking areas should be paved lots and not grass or dirt. Mud and soft ground can lead to cars getting stuck.
  • Keep guests informed. If it's going to rain and the wedding is still going to be held outside be sure to tell your guests to bring umbrellas and other appropriate gear.

Cheri Sorenson from Belle River, Ontario says the rainbow was great luck for their wedding
Cheri Sorenson from Belle River, Ontario says the rainbow was great luck for their wedding

While Choy says she hasn't had any experience with brides being overly concerned with superstitions around rain, she says that sometimes no matter how dreary things look, things can change for the better.

“We were doing an outside wedding one time and the entire day called for rain. It was raining all that morning while the bride was getting ready, she refused to move the ceremony inside. All of the guests were huddled at an indoor location. We brought them out last minute...and as the bride walked down the aisle the sun actually came out and there was a rainbow for her ceremony.”

Of course, to know what to expect for your big day, be sure to check with The Weather Network for all of your forecast details.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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