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Sunshine, breezes, trees, flowers; these are all things an outdoor wedding can provide. Other things an outdoor wedding can provide: bugs, sunburns, a cold bum. An outdoor wedding can be a beautiful choice, but it does come with its own set of challenges. I firmly believe that if you consider all the downsides and prepare accordingly, you can have a wedding day that is enjoyable for everyone. … read more
”¦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).
I know I’m sort of rounding the last lap on the way to my wedding date, and at less than three months away is sort of an odd time to talk about saving money (as most of the big bills are coming up), but alas I was prompted by the weather so I’m going to go with it.
This past weekend Minnesota had a nice-sized snowfall. The photo below was taken at the MSP airport where lots of flights were cancelled due to severe weather conditions. I guess it snowed like 10-12 inches around the Twin Cities and close to 16 in other areas up north.
Now there is nothing weird about this. It snows quite a bit during the wintertime in Minnesota. And you’re only a true Minnesotan if you’ve driven at NIGHT in a BLIZZARD by YOURSELF in what I like to call my “near death experience.” This is much like the theory that you’re not a true Chicagoan until you’ve had your car broken into (twice myself and most recently MOH/Sister Big Eyes was also initiated into Chicago the same weekend as my Hen Do even though she doesn’t live here). The snowiest months for Minnesota are usually December to March.
What does this have to do with saving money you ask? I’m saving a pretty large chunk of money by hosting a rather large event (AKA our wedding) in early March (one of the previously mentioned snowy months). It’s actually a really good deal, and a deal that wasn’t available just few weeks later in April. You know how hotels and other wedding venues charge for everything per head? We are getting ten dollars off per person which is HUGE if you’re inviting 150+ people.
It might be because I am a little over-caffeinated this morning (note to self: two cups of coffee before 8:00am is always too much!), but I had the song “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof running through my head this morning. (You won’t believe how random my mental playlist can be…I always wake up with the strangest songs stuck in my head. I chalk it up to exciting dreams 🙂 ) If you’ve seen Fiddler on the Roof, you might remember the beautiful scene with the marriage procession, and the dramatic song that accompanies it:
So let’s talk about planning an outdoor wedding around the timing of sunset. Mr. Wallaby and I love to dance, and we have both always envisioned having a night wedding—so we wanted our outdoor reception to begin as the sun was going down. It takes some careful planning, though, to coordinate the wedding-day festivities with the sun’s schedule.
I had to work really hard to find an extended forecast for Brockville. I’m pretty sure that the one I found may not even be from any kind of reputable source (and I know that there’s really no way anyone can predict weather that far in advance).
Still, I found a 30 day forecast! I waited not-so-patiently for our wedding day to show up”¦and here we were, the day it rolled over:
Clouds breaking for some sun, high of 20*C (68*F)—not too bad!
Except now it’s saying a 55% chance of rain, and a high of 17*C. So I’m back to not-so-patiently waiting for the Weather Network to roll out its own extended forecast, and you better believe I’ll be stalking Environment Canada when we get close enough to the date.
I refuse to recognize it by name right now. I am trying as hard as possible to dance around it, but I now know it is a possibility. As of right now, the weather is saying 30% chance of showers with possible thunderstorms. Now, the good part is that it is a high of 72 degrees. Not too hot, not too cold. But the ‘R’ word…seriously?!
I have had a few people give me some comfort. Bridesmaid C said that 30% precipitation is for that entire area, not necessarily that exact spot. We may not even see a cloud in the sky.
Mom Doe said that most regional weather reports predict there will be precipitation. However, the local channels are predicting that it is going to be clear.
I am not sure if they are just trying to make me feel better, or if that is true. I am hoping for the latter.
Remember this post I wrote about a while back where I discussed our back-up option? Everyone agreed the back up option is just as gorgeous. It truly is, but of course, we want the wedding outside, if at all possible.