Of late we have not had many days like that. So it is important that whatever kind of day that is served up to you, by the weather gods, you chill and NOT let the weather determine your enjoyment.
As I am getting ready for my weddings, it’s not the weather I am worried about. It is so much more about my hair and getting it to sit the way I want. Of course I do have to put more hairspray on it to get it to sit nice when it is windy.
I hear you asking, “Why am I concerned about my hair?” As I am photographed during the wedding ceremonies and consequently end up in the couple’s photos, I really don’t want to look untidy.
I can hear you saying but what if it rains! So be it! We can’t control the weather. It is the one thing we can’t do.
I ask my couples to have a wet weather plan. That is what we do if it rains. The plan may be umbrellas the guests are asked to bring. It might be having a gazebo that the wedding party and celebrant can stand under. It might be doing it indoors instead of the garden. It might be a hall; the reception venue; a marquee or indoors at the venue you are marrying at. Whatever, the plan we just need to do what is best at the time.
The challenge is how you let guests (and your Celebrant) know that you are to go with the alternative venue. Yes having everyone’s text numbers set in your phone. Or a ringing tree. Again, have the plan and you won’t need to use it. But if you don’t have a plan you will be scrambling if you need to implement a change of venue.
I arrive at the venue and it’s important that I roll with the plan. Whatever the plan is, I deliver the ceremony as planned. Sometimes, I make suggestions and recommendations. As a relaxed Celebrant I often can see what will work best. Yes I have some good ideas. If we are doing the alternative plan, I will smile and deliver the ceremony. In my mind, I don’t notice the weather; my eyes and ears just see and hear the love of the couple standing before me. Yes I take the weather with me to the wedding. The positive energy and sunny smile even on a dreary day.
Mona Vale and the guests moved under the big tree at the request of the Celebrant (yes me - quick thinking) as the rain fell and the ceremony continued. http://www.continental.co.nz/christchurch-venues/iris-lawn-mona-vale.html #continentalwedding
Pemberton and the light drizzle fell as the bride arrived. The wedding went ahead outdoors at the request
of the Bride (a few of the elderly guests got uncomfortable in damp clothing). http://pembertonvenues.co.nz/weddings.htm #pembertonwedding
Rosemount wedding very hot day (37+) Could have gone under the trees for the ceremony but wanted to do it by the rose garden (someone taken to hospital with heat exhaustion). www.rosemountweddings.co.nz/
Darjon Winery – pouring with rain and umbrellas used to get the bridal party inside and beautiful wedding ceremony indoors. http://darjon.co.nz/ #darjonwinerywedding #weddingceremony
Hampton Lea Gardens - pouring rain wedding in the jazzed up woolshed, everyone happy.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hampton-Lea-Gardens/219923274706826 #hamptonleagardenwedding #woolshedwedding #woolshedwedding
Melton Estate - outdoor wedding chapel - umbrellas used to get everyone into the to the chapel, lovely warm atmosphere to the wedding day. http://www.meltonestate.co.nz/christchurch-wedding-venue.htm #meltonestatewedding #weddingchapel #weddingday
- Always at the hint of a cold get stuck into the Vitamin C. (As a Celebrant I don’t want to be croaking through a ceremony. )
- Always put sun screen on.
- Put insect repellent on around your ankles if you are one of those people the bugs love.
- Always take a hay fever tablet if you are a sufferer.
- Use rescue remedy whenever you have that overwhelmed feeling.