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What if it Rains?
It begins to rain!
Under the umbrellas at Danada House - Wheaton, Il.

And the Heavens Opened!

Look at the bright side- it means you're going to have a long and happy marriage! At least that's the traditional wisdom when a bride and groom get rained on during their wedding ceremony.

If you're having an outdoor wedding ceremony, you absolutely must plan for rain. And if I have the privilege of being your officiant, I will need to know, well ahead of time, where else and at at what time your ceremony will take place once it's moved indoors.

And then it really rained!!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 caterers schedule might need to be changed. Some caterers will do this; other won't.

You might want to include on your wedding invitations 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 or your ushers should stay behind at the original wedding site to direct your guests to the alternate location.

If I am your officiant, I will give you all the delay time I can to allow your guests to rejoin us at the alternate location. No one likes to be rained out, but do the smart thing and get your plans in order in the event you are.

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