Now that the dust has settled on this year’s wedding season, I’m finally able to write up the responses to timely subjects that I’ve already made to some of you via phone or email. Like this one: some of my faithful subscribers have asked, "What if it rains on my wedding day?" The date has been etched, so all I can offer is that you light candles, make offerings, and think happy thoughts. I€™ve had brides who consult the Old Farmer’s Almanac when choosing their wedding date, but, ya know, it has rained in July, too. So, when choosing your date you just gotta hand it over to the gods. And if rain threatens as the final week ticks down, here€™s what I do–I monitor the Bee€™s website. I listen to all the t.v. news€™ forecasts. If they conflict, I pick the one I like best. And I think happy thoughts. If rain (or rarely, high winds) still threatens as the 24-hour countdown begins, I watch the sky. I call Channel 3. I check the Bee€™s website…hourly. I consult The Weather Channel for their hourly predictions. Check it out…it’s extremely cool.
Okay, so what really happens if rain is a possibility? Well, if yours is to be an outdoor ceremony, hopefully there is Plan B. As for my part, I€™ll be in close touch monitoring Mother Nature with you. I will hold your hand. I will direct YOU to think happy thoughts. Depending on the time of day and the distance the doves will have to fly home, my general rule is, "If the bride can stand in it, the birds can fly in it." But, the safety of the birds has to be my first concern. Many will tell you rain on your wedding day is good luck (they probably got married at the Elvis Chapel and you KNOW it wasn€™t raining!) No, I won€™t tell you rain is good luck (but, what harm is there in believing?), but I will tell you that no matter what happens that day, by its end you will be married. Keep yer eye on THAT prize! Nothing else should matter. If you keep a good attitude, you can scoff at a monsoon. Or you could melt into a flood of disappointed tears and spoil the fun for everybody. Your choice.
On the business bottom line, if you have to cancel the doves due to non-cooperative weather, you will get a full refund.
Yes, dearies, it€™s all in the luck of the draw. Anybody remember September 18? I’ll never forget. I was out in the loft readying the birds starting at 7:00 that morning and didn€™t get to sit down until well after dark. WHAT A DAY! I was so preoccupied with Saturday that I didn€™t even notice that rain was the forecast for Sunday. And so it did. Saturday night. And Sunday morning. And steadily for the next several hours. And if there€™s one thing I€™ve learned from a job that depends on fair weather, it€™s that the harder it pours, the quicker it€™s over. So, I thunk happy thoughts, and my bride who had a 4:00 wedding on Sunday got exTREMEly lucky, walked down her aisle with sun shining brightly and nary a slosh in her shoe. Luck of the draw. And doves.
For further insurance purposes, those of you who would like to speak to the saints regarding your concerns may direct your prayers to Gratus of Aosta, Scholastica, and Theodore of Sykeon, the patron saints of rain prevention; Eurosia and Medard regarding general bad weather; and Saint Agatha for natural disasters. There are also patron saints of disasters in general, earthquakes, hail storms, snake bites, etc., but that would be obsessing and you just don€™t have that much time.
Just for fun, The Dove Lady suggests you also be in touch with the Patron Saint of Doves. That would be Saint David of Wales. Tell him The Dove Lady says "hi!"