September 19, 2012
RAIN ON MY WEDDING DAY
By: Gust Bassianotis - Wedding Officiant/Minister
It's the day before your wedding - when everything seems so perfect - and then you turn on the evening weather to
check the forecast, and the weather guy decides not to play along!
Oh well, it's only a bit of rain. There's no need to worry.
Really! I'm serious!
Rain on your wedding day can be an absolutely awesome if you just take a moment to remember you cannot do anything
to change it, and look on the bright side. It actually means you're going to have a long and happy marriage - at
least that's the traditional wisdom. So take heart.
I have learned after being part of hundreds of wedding ceremonies that a bit of rain and wind (even a lot of rain
and wind) can create conditions that are rare, unexpected, and extraordinary opportunitied for photographs; some
funny, some dramatic, some just purely astonishing! But you really do have to embrace the weather for a decent
crack at the best shots. Imagine for a moment, if you will, walking down a small gravel road, huddled under an
umbrella as the rain pelts down around you. Now imagine the wind whipping that umbrella inside out, then your new
hubby reaching up to correct the umbrella, or stretching over to cover you with his jacket.
The reality is that you need to be prepared for rain. Typically, a ceremony at a venue which was planned to take
place outdoors is simply moved inside. But if the ceremony was to take place at a county park, a couple and their
guests might have to drive a significant distance to get to the venue. Because the ceremony is taking place at a
later time, the caterer's schedule might need to be changed. Some caterers will do this; others won't.
On your wedding invitations, you might want to include an alternate plan telling the guests where to go in the
event the primary location is rained out. In the event of rain (or threat of it), and you elect to move the
ceremony indoors, one of your ushers should stay behind at the original site to direct your guests tot he alternate
As your wedding officiant, it is my responsibility to stay positive and optimistic about your wedding celebration.
The worst thing that can happen is to have an officiant who talks more about the bad weather and neglect the reason
for the event, and that is to celebrate your love. So yes, if it rains, let it rain! And be very happy that there
are a massive array of reflections and raindrops to catch your memories, and that your family and friends are
enjoying your special day.
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