Inclement Weather And Wedding Ceremonies

Many of our couples opt to have their wedding ceremonies on our park grounds by the water and we’re always grateful to be able to make that dream come true.  It is a truly a gorgeous location, when the weather cooperates. That said, part of my job is to remind our couples that it’s important to be prepared for the chance of inclement weather. Although everyone hopes for beautiful weather at a waterfront ceremony, New England weather is temperamental.  It’s really important to establish a backup plan that you’re comfortable with so that you can avoid feeling suddenly devastated, (not to mention stressed), on your big day!

Here in New England, undesirable wedding weather takes on many forms. Depending on the season or time of day, you could experience high winds, rain or snow, extreme temperatures, and perhaps worst of all, humidity.  Any of these conditions can affect the way you and your guests enjoy an outdoor ceremony.  And as you know, the season doesn’t always guarantee weather conditions either. We’ve had September weddings where it was 90 degrees and humid, and seen snow fall as late as April across the state.  There’s no rhyme or reason to the weather and the important thing to remember is that you can work around it.  Rain or shine, your special day is about committing to your partner for better or for worse, and you’re going to have an AMAZING day no matter what the forecast brings.  But when your wedding is scheduled to be outdoors, it is always beneficial to have a backup plan.

Identifying a backup plan that you’re comfortable and familiar with will help alleviate some of that stress and help you remember what the day is all about.  When undesirable weather falls on a wedding date, I usually recommend moving the ceremony into the Banquet Hall, in front of our windows and overlooking the park.  This way, you and your guests can enjoy the beautiful view and, depending on the type of weather conditions and the time of your ceremony, you may still reap the benefits of the gorgeous natural light shining through the windows.  For smaller groups, the ceremony may also be accommodated on our covered Observation Deck overlooking the river, where (most) guests will stand while you exchange vows.

We certainly understand the disappointment of poor weather on your wedding day, and that most would prefer the scenic backdrop for their ceremony, but at the end of the day, you’re there to celebrate your love!  Keep this in mind and you’ll have an incredible time no matter what the forecast brings! (Hey, some people even say that rain is a sign of good luck on a wedding day! :)) It’s also important to keep your guests’ comfort in mind.  If extreme heat/cold or precipitation is in the mix, your guests will surely appreciate the opportunity to take shelter rather than endure it through your ceremony.

Whether you decide to plan your special day with us or at another venue, be sure that you are confident and happy with your “Plan B”, should the need arise, and remember to enjoy the day!

– Kristen Michaels, Event & Banquet Manager


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