Monday, March 15, 2010

Rain or Shine, both good luck!

As spring approaches, the idea of an outdoor wedding becomes more and more appealing to many brides, especially in Texas. With our southern summers, being a June bride sometimes feels more like being a very sweaty bride. Spring is a great alternative for the outdoor wedding because the sun still shines as brightly and the flowers are still in bloom, but the weather is usually 15 degrees cooler. My friends and I were discussing how an outdoor spring wedding would be gorgeous, but we kept going back to the subject of rain. Spring is a rainy season and we were discussing whether or not it made sense to plan an outdoor wedding at all because of the chances of bad weather.

Outdoor weddings take many forms, ranging from the elegant rooftop ceremony to the casual laid back beach ceremony, but all outdoor weddings come with the risk of bad weather. This seems obvious, but so many brides plan outdoor weddings without realistically imagining the possibility of rain or wind. Many brides tend to adopt an “it won’t happen to me” mindset, which is absolutely wonderful—if it doesn’t happen to them. The fact is, despite the hours of preparation, it still may rain. Or be incredibly windy. Or just be miserably humid. I don’t think that this risk should stop you from planning an outdoor wedding if that is what you truly want. Just remember to have a solid back up plan, including tents or coverings that can be assembled quickly in case of rain and even extra fans to help guests beat the heat in the summer!

But, even more important than a physical Plan B is a mental one. The bride’s attitude about the possibility of rain makes the biggest difference between a disaster and a fun memory. Having an unrealistic, “it won’t happen to me” attitude is a big mistake because if it does rain, brides will be completely shattered, disappointed and stressed. Even if Mother Nature does decide to throw a mini-hurricane in honor of your outdoor wedding, you can still make the best of it and have a great time if you have accepted this as a possibility all along and keep a positive attitude about the changes.

For all of you who watched The Bachelor Wedding with Jason and Molly, a good lesson can be learned from Molly’s attitude. Torrential rain poured down on them throughout the ceremony, completely soaking everyone. Instead of going all diva because her perfect day was ‘ruined’, Molly smiled and said that it was romantic and reminded her of “that scene from The Notebook”. Molly didn’t let the weather get her down, even though her wedding had extra pressure because it was on TV for a million scrutinizing eyes to see. This is a great example of how Molly turned seemingly bad luck into an opportunity for romance. Here is the link if you want to check it out à

This brings up another important factor-- if the bride is happy, the guests are happy. If the bride rolls with the punches and smiles through the rain, the guests are a million times more likely to do the same. As long as brides understand that their day is perfect because they are marrying the man of their dreams and not because the sun is shining, this risk should not be a deal breaker for an outdoor wedding. Besides, it’s actually good luck if it rains on your wedding day!

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