Be Prepared for Any Type of Rain at Your Next Outdoor Wedding
by Andrew Leavitt
As a wedding meteorology service, it is our job to help wedding planners prepare for any type of weather on the big day. Rain is a common occurrence at weddings, and it can take on many different forms. Here's a look at the different types of rain and how to handle them as a wedding planner.
This type of rain is characterized by a gentle drizzle and is often accompanied by overcast skies. While it may not be ideal for outdoor ceremonies, it is generally not intense enough to cause any major disruptions. If you do have an outdoor ceremony planned, consider having a backup plan in place, such as moving the ceremony under a tent or into a nearby indoor space.
Moderate rain is a bit heavier than light rain and is often accompanied by more clouds and a higher chance of thunderstorms. It can make it difficult to see and hear, and it may make it harder for guests to move around due to wet conditions. If you have an outdoor ceremony planned, consider moving it to a covered location or providing umbrellas for guests.
Heavy rain is characterized by a downpour and can often result in flash flooding, especially in areas with poor drainage. It can be difficult to see and hear due to the intensity of the rain, and it can make it difficult for guests to move around. If you have an outdoor ceremony planned, it may be necessary to cancel or postpone the event.
Extreme rain is the most intense form of rainfall and is usually associated with major weather events like hurricanes and typhoons. It is characterized by a torrential downpour and can result in extensive flooding and damage to infrastructure. If you are planning a wedding in an area prone to extreme rain, it's important to have a comprehensive emergency plan in place.
Rain can present several dangers, depending on the type and intensity of the rainfall. Here are some potential dangers to be aware of during periods of rain:
Heavy rain can cause flash flooding, especially in areas with poor drainage or in low-lying areas. Floodwaters can rise quickly and can be dangerous to drive through or walk through. If you are in a flood-prone area, be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Rain can make roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces slippery, which can be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. If you are driving, use caution and slow down to reduce the risk of accidents.
Thunderstorms can produce lightning, which can be dangerous if you are outdoors. If you hear thunder, seek shelter immediately and avoid tall objects, such as trees and utility poles.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms can cause power outages, which can be inconvenient and potentially dangerous if you rely on electricity for medical equipment or other essential services. It's a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand in case of a power outage.
In areas with steep slopes, heavy rain can cause mudslides, which can be dangerous for those in the path of the slide. If you live in an area prone to mudslides, be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
As a wedding planner, it's important to be prepared for any type of weather on the big day. By understanding the different types of rain and how to handle them, you can help ensure that your clients' wedding day is a success, no matter what Mother Nature has in store. And by being aware of the potential dangers of rain, you can take necessary precautions to keep yourself and your guests safe.