Planning For Inclement Weather

Most weddings happen in the summer months. June is the most popular month for weddings. People fight over getting the perfect wedding day.

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We have avoided this issue by choosing to get married in February. Mr. Kettle and I have been very happy with our selection of wedding date. But there is one possible hitch to our happy wedding: winter Illinois weather.

There was a terrible storm this past winter. In Chicago, a little snow doesn’t bother us. But when this storm was on its way, people went to the grocery store and then went home. They didn’t come back out for at least a couple days. There were no cops or buses on the street; who would drive a vehicle through a few feet of snow? There was no one out except Walgreens employees.

I didn’t think too much about that happening to our wedding. I figured that through sheer will, the weather would be nothing but a bit of sunshine and light snow. I’d stand there in my pretty dress with the matching veil and perhaps a lovely fur coat taking in a few snow flakes and hopefully some wintry sunshine. Kind of like this:

Personal cartoon. Yeah, you all will be subjected to my cartoons now… I mostly put on the coat so Mr. Kettle won’t see the part of the dress he doesn’t know about.

But when a hurricane/tropical storm sidelined a few weddings, I started thinking about the real possibility that something could happen to keep our wedding from occurring on the day or at the location we’re planning on. At our tasting next month, I will bring up the issue with our venue to see if they have any contingency plans they go with for winter events.

That is not enough for me, though. I looked online and found wedding insurance. My best internet friend Google brought up four sites that I took a look at.

After looking at all the options, it’s really best that I consult with our venue to see which one of these would be best for us. I’m not sure how much coverage we need and what our backup wedding plan is. Also, I don’t know if we should be getting coverage just for postponing the event. Perhaps we should add photographer coverage, deposit coverage? And what in the world is professional counseling coverage?

I’m thinking worst case scenario, we can get over to my church which is right across the street from my parents’ house and next door to my pastor’s house. We could get married there even in a blizzard; we’d just have to figure out a party to celebrate with family and friends later. There’s a lot to figure out, but we’ve got a couple of months to sort it out.

Are you getting wedding insurance? Are you worried about Mother Nature altering your carefully laid plans?


Mrs. Kettle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
February 2012
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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:16 pm

    Wedding insurance? really?? I’ve never heard of something like that before. You americans don’t take any chances do you?

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    lisamarieloves 19 posts, Newbee @ 3:31 pm

    I went to a wedding two weekends ago in Paso Robles, California. The ceremony and reception were supposed to be outside. The ceremoney, however, was colder than expected and very windy. With clouds quickly moving in, the reception was moved inside to an amazing room. Good thing since it did, in fact, start raining. I think it is best to have a back up plan. Luckily, my January wedding will be entirely indoors with the option of having an outdoor cocktail hour is the wedding permits. Fingers crossed!

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    red_rose 4511 posts, Honey bee @ 5:47 pm

    good luck with the weather! My fear of driving in snow is one of the many reasons I absolutely would not want to get married in December-March! (But a friend of mine got married in December, and has some gorgeous snowflake-falling pictures!)

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    crisss99 32 posts, Newbee @ 7:12 pm

    I wasn’t worried about our date till recently – October is the tail end of hurricane season, but I’d forgotten how hit-or-miss it is! Florida is so finicky for wedding dates – and with an almost entirely outdoors wedding, I’m definitely looking into insurance!

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    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 am

    @Rach: Yeah, Chicago will do a number on wedding and winter plans.
    @Miss Ticket: I’m glad you like it. The next ones will be more like a comic strip!
    @Coffee cup: Yeah, if there’s a way to safeguard one person while making potentially more money for another, Americans will figure out how, lol.

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    jaguar 6510 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:21 am

    I’m a winter girl myself… good choice, Kettle!

    Definitely smart having a back up – and just think of all the cute winter goodies you can stock up on for the ‘just in case’ moments!

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