Friday, March 12, 2010

sunny skies


As most Canadians have probably noticed in the last week or two, spring seems to have arrived. Key words being "seems to". According to Environment Canada, its been the warmest and driest winter on record for Canada. Its only the second week of March and I'm already considering pulling out my flip flops. Basically, I'm in heaven.

And with this warm bliss comes a handful of worries. Because -- as many Canadians know -- nothing in our weather system ever remains stable for long. Especially not in Atlantic Canada. So while I'm hopeful that the sun will continue, I'm prepared to pull out my rain boots and umbrella at a moments notice.

Fine, let it rain. Let it pour. But, please, God, let is stop by May. Otherwise, I will have a severe panic attack as the wedding day approaches. No, I'm not one of those brides who will freak out and lose all hope in life if I wake up on the day of our wedding day and see rain. But last year, it took so long for the ground at the cottage to try up that even by July, the ground was still a muddy mess. There's large parts of the lawn that don't get exposed to sunshine for more than 2 or 3 hours a day and with constant rain, those parts never really got a chance to dry out. So the ground was squishy. Mega-squishy. Had-to-walk-over-wooden-boards-to-get-to-the-beach-so-we-wouldn't-slip-and-fall-in-the-mud kind of squishy. Not an idea situation for the wedding day. Not at all.

And while I know I took that risk by having the wedding at the cottage so -- as my aunt has so kindly pointed out to me -- I'll get what's coming to me if this happens again, I have high hopes. In the 22 years I have been going to the cottage, last year was the first. And I think it's mainly because there was so little time between the snow drying up and the rain beginning that caused this conundrum. Plus, even if it does happen again, I'll do my best not to be put out. We've already planned to have the reception tent placed on a piece of ground that is stable and far away from the squishy parts. But our ideal location for the ceremony will be lost in the mud if there's too much rain. And while there's plenty of other places to set up the ceremony, it's not going to be our favorite place on the grounds of the cottage if the mud takes over.

In addition to that, I'm slightly worried about rain on the day of the wedding. While it's supposed to be good luck and make for some awesome photo-ops, I have no desire to have rain. Mainly because rain might be good luck, but wet wedding guests are not. And with a tented reception, a mega-rainstorm could cause some problems.

So, I've been praying constantly that there won't be rain. I've already got a deal with the Man upstairs, but just in case that doesn't pan out, I've come up with some alternative sources of comfort:
  • Historically, it hasn't rained on our wedding day for the past 4 years. You can check out any date in any city on the Weather Network's website here.
  • If you check out today's post on This Little Journey, there's an Irish tradition that's supposed to help prevent rain with a little help from the Child of Prague.
  • Apparently, rosary beads -- either in the bushes, or hung on a clothesline -- the morning of the wedding should put a stop to any rain.
  • Brooms in trees. I have no idea why. But apparently, placing a ton of brooms in trees the night before the wedding will help you out.
  • If all else fails, revert to some witchcraft and cast a spell. Learn how here.

Finally, you can be pro-active by predicting whether or not rain is on the way by watching the cows. According to some, if cows are laying down in their fields, its going to rain.

Okay, do I genuinely believe in any of this? Other than the historical statistics of the Weather Network, no.

But if I need to bury a small statue, hang out rosary beads, and put brooms in trees to calm my nerves, I'll do it. I mean, witchcraft, probably not. But I like cows. I'm sure I'll be able to spare some time before the wedding to scientifically observe the movement patterns of cows. Just in case.


chelsea said...

eeeck! Hoping for a dry day for you:) With all the stress of planning a wedding, we don't need any help from the weather!

thehickbride said...

I hope you'll get a dry day!!! I'm kind of in the same boat, although I think rain right before or after the ceremony would be okay now since we gave up on the tent and rented a hall. lol. But it hasn't rained in 12 years on that exact day in our wedding location, so that's some pretty good odds! Lol.

Ann @ At First Swoon said...

I totally feel you. We got married at the end of August and both our ceremony and reception were outdoor. We prayed for it to be nice cool weather, but no luck. It was a stiflingly hot day, and to boot the mountains right by the venue was literally on FIRE, spreading smoke and debris everywhere. Luckily we didn't get ash showers at the venue, but we could see the fire from where we were sitting.

Don't mean to scare you or anything with the story. What I meant to say is I think you've got a lot of the what ifs covered pretty well. If you haven't yet, go look at gorgeous photography of rainy weddings. They look soo incredibly romantic, you might not mind the rain :D. I wish you a dry day, but if mother nature feels like watering the garden, just smile and enjoy your day. We all stress out way too much about it!

Miss C said...

Thanks for the mention :)

Hope it all works for you! Sometimes it is just good to feel like you have some control over something as uncontrollable as the weather!

But we all know you'll love the day no matter what the weather does. When all else fails, buy a cute umbrella (ella-ella-ey-ey)

Mrs T said...

Hope it all works!

Our wedding day was the hottest New Years Eve for 113 years. Yeah - HOT. I would have taken rain in an instance.

Gumboots and umbrellas make for rad photos!

But I'll put in a word to the weather gods for you - figure they owe me one!

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