Rain, Rain, Go Away…

”¦don’t show up on our wedding day. Pretty please?

I’ve told you guys a couple of times what the setting will be for our ceremony. We’ll be getting married on our venue’s massive sundeck, overlooking the beach. It has all the advantages of a beach wedding (hello, gorgeous scenery!) and none of the drawbacks (namely, sand everywhere).


(via the Grand Hotel)

Okay, I take it back—there is one drawback. We are going to be seriously dependent on the weather.

I’m no dummy. We do have a backup plan. It’s just that, now that we’re getting so close to the wedding, I’m hoping we won’t actually need it. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll be getting married on the dance floor in our ballroom with our guests seated at their dinner tables.


(Tina Markoe Photography via the Grand Hotel)

I’m not trying to say that an indoor ceremony is a bad thing. It’s not like our day will be ruined if I can’t have my dream ceremony setting. All that said, it’s definitely going to be a little bittersweet if things don’t work out weather-wise.

We did have the option to tent the sundeck as a sort of insurance policy, but we decided against it for several reasons. First and foremost, it would have cost five thousand dollars! Since we’d have to rent the tent, we’d be paying for it and using it regardless of the weather; if we did have a beautiful day, I wouldn’t want to block our gorgeous beach view with a big tent, you know? And second, tenting the sundeck wouldn’t make it completely weatherproof. If we have crazy winds or it’s freezing cold outside, the tent won’t do a thing. Also, five thousand dollars”¦yikes. So we’re taking our chances with Mother Nature.

This is one of those things that, when we booked the venue a year and a half ago, I couldn’t have cared less about. But now that we’re nearly at go time, I wish I had given it more thought. That said, every single venue we looked at had pretty much the same contingency plans for rain, so I ultimately don’t think it would have changed anything.

I recently checked the Farmers’ Almanac forecast for Cape May—believe it or not, I was afraid to do this because I was dreading what it might say!—and was relieved to find out that their prediction for April is “drier and much warmer than normal.” Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that they’re actually right.

I know the weather is completely out of my control, so there’s no point in stressing out about it, but I can’t help myself.

Anyone else keeping their fingers, toes, arms, legs, and any other body parts crossed for nice weather? What are your inclement weather contingency plans?


Mrs. Filly

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
April 2014
Engagement Pictures: How to Stare Deeply into Each Other's Eyes
Gallery of the Day: January 24, 2014
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    lalalyanne 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:10 am

    We’re having a back yard wedding in 2015 I, like you a year and a half ago, don’t really stress the small stuff.

    Wait.. Weather is huge!! Appreciate the news flash.. I needed that! *works on more serious contingency plan*

    That sun deck is gorgeous by the way!!

  2. milkcow Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 7:18 am

    I will keep my fingers crossed for a perfect weather day for you! I was happy with our indoor location because I wouldn’t have to worry about weather. But of course now I’m wishing that I could have a gorgeous outdoor view instead!

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    melizabe 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:19 am

    I think a ceremony in the ballroom would be lovely. But, I do agree, it would be a step down from the sundeck. I hope the weather holds for you! We already know the weather will be horrible for our wedding. Phoenix in July, Yippee! So everything will be indoors. I am just hoping that perhaps the temperature can keep below 110 degrees!

  4. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:32 am

    It’s so stressful planning an outdoor ceremony, knowing you may have to move it inside due to rain. Fingers crossed for you!

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    kcr526 229 posts, Helper bee @ 8:48 am

    Oh, weather. Don’t get me started. lol. I also checked the Farmer’s Almanac. Know what they called for? A hurricane! This did not sit well with me since we planned a completely outdoor wedding. Turns out, it rained(actually downpoured) the whole week leading up to the wedding, due to the tropical storm remnants from the gulf. The day of didn’t rain, but since it was drizzling that morning we decided to go with the rain plan. Everytime I look at my pictures I get a little sad. But my rain plan was not as lovely as yours!

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    x0jlynn03 3392 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:01 am

    I was an April bride also (last year), in Ohio… lord only knew what weather we’d have for that day. Since weather was such a concern we opted to have everything inside, except for pictures.. I was determined to have outdoor pictures. I stalked every weather news outlet I could find the weeks leading up to the wedding, it made me crazy! That morning I woke up at my parents house to snow on the deck.. at the hair salon the snow let up and turned to rain.. by the time we were leaving to take our outdoor pictures it was the sunniest, bluest skies I’d ever seen… it was only 40* but we toughed it out! In the pictures you’d never know we were all freeeezing! One way or the other you’ll figure things out & it’ll be wonderful! I hope you get your outdoor ceremony & the weather Gods cooperate with you!

  7. msclover Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:59 am

    We’ll be fine for our ceremony (church) and dinner (indoors) but both cocktail hour and dancing are supposed to outside in the gardens & on the patio. It was a huge reason we chose the venue, so I’m really hoping we get to be outside. The rain plan is the third floor ballroom, which is ok (although no elevator)–luckily, they only make you call it two hours in advance!

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:05 am

    We are also planning an outdoor ceremony, weather permitting. I always make sure to say that, “weather permitting,” because I don’t want to anger the weather gods and make them think I know more than they do. The outside area is a beautiful courtyard in front of a lake with chickens and geese and ducks who roam around (and I really want to photobomb us like they did at this wedding from our photographer’s facebook page: https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t31/967089_530482983685799_1849733730_o.jpg). But if we have the ceremony indoors it’s in a room with very low ceilings in front of a fireplace, which is pretty, but not at all what I’d envisioned. So I have all of my limbs crossed and am praying to whomever I need to pray to that we’ll also have a non-rainy day.

  9. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 3:53 pm

    @lalalyanne: Fingers crossed for great weather for the both of us! Yeah, maybe I should have given this a little more thought a year and a half ago, haha.

    @Miss Milk Cow: Thanks! And your indoor location is a) gorgeous, and b) stress-free – lucky you!

    @melizabe: At least Phoenix is a dry heat, right? Stallion has been to AZ a few times and swears it’s way better than the summers here, which are humid and gross even though the temperature is only, like, 80. Sending good weather vibes your way!!

    @Miss Wellies: Thanks!!

    @kcr526: Oh no! I bet your rain plan was still beautiful, though.

    @X0JLYNN03: April weather is so unpredictable! But I’m glad it all worked out for you :)

    @Miss Clover: We have to call ours 24 hours in advance, so hopefully I don’t have to make the call in the first place! Fingers crossed for good weather for the both of us!

    @luluvohn: That chicken photobomb is HILARIOUS. I love it! And you’re exactly right – the indoor ceremony plan is nice, just not what I was envisioning/hoping for. Hope we both have gorgeous weather for the big day!

  10. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:32 pm

    Oh dear, don’t worry *too* much about the weather! I have to admit though, I wanted an outdoor wedding so badly that every single time I had the chance to make a wish while we were engaged – every 11:11, every eyelash, every everything possibly lucky – I wished for a sunny wedding day. We ended up with a breezy, slightly cloudy day in the 70s, so I really can’t complain. Hope you get lucky on yours!!

  11. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 7:44 pm

    I’m totally in a similar position as you; I’m hoping for good weather as well. As long as you have a backup plan, everything will be awesome either way!

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