Rain Rain Go Away!
10th May 2012
No bride would even begin to think or believe that her BIG day could or would be disrupted and ruined by rain. Welcome to the Great South East!
Regardless of when you are planning your wedding, if you are getting married in the South East of Qld you can never be sure if or when rain will come. So how can you be well prepared for the worst possible outcome? I have had quite a few weddings where the couples have just totally believed that “THEIR” day would be the most perfect day ever – only to find that when they woke up in the morning – the most beautiful sunshiny day has been hidden behind the darkest, ugliest, clouds ever known to man. Full of precipitation and ready to burst without a hint of warning. So what plans should you have in place – JUST IN CASE?
Even if your wedding is in one of the beautiful “indoor” venues – like the Little White Wedding Church in Maleny, just as an example, you need to make sure your guests are well advised of any changes to plans that may have to be made because of inclement weather. It may be a change to vehicle/travel requirements to or from the wedding venue to the reception venue. Make sure your MC or “responsible person” has all of the important contact numbers on the day just in case calls have to be made to ensure a smooth and hassle free time.
If your wedding is planned for a totally “outdoor” venue – like many are on the Sunshine Coast, including the hinterland hotspots, then you absolutely MUST have an alternative venue booked – just in case. Often-times you may be able to have the reception venue standing by if it is wet. What is most important, especially if the original wedding venue and the alternative venue are some distance apart is that everyone knows where to be if it is raining and the time that the decision is to be made. For example, if you have your wedding planned for 2.00pm start and it is bucketing down at mid-day you should be ready to move to the alternative. My suggestion is that you give it no more than one hour prior to the booked time to change to the alternative venue – even if it “looks like” it “MIGHT” clear up. Please remember, the people conducting your ceremony: Celebrant, musician/s, photographers, site co-ordinators etc all have equipment and other things to consider. One of my couples had their wedding disrupted during the actual ceremony because they were “certain” that the rain would stay away just long enough. We had to take down the equipment, remove the books and run for cover. The wedding did go on but they now have to be happy with the photos to remind them of what happened – no total wash out.
One of your best friends when it looks a bit questionable is the Bureau of Meteorology website (BOM): http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/ you will probably find that everyone looking after you on the day is checking this out too.
If you are, believing for the best and preparing for the worst then you will have a great day regardless. Don’t let a bit of water dampen your spirits for one of the greatest days of your life. After all – the weather should never be the determining factor on how we act. If you can’t change it – don’t let it upset you.
Remember: Always be prepared for wet weather in the SE Qld area and have a plan in place especially to communicate to all of those concerned – guests and function participants – about any changes – give plenty of time for people to change travel plans if required. Have the most wonderful day anyway. Stuff does happen.