Like most spring brides, Lindsey Kirchoff spent the week before her June 21 wedding habitually checking the weather, fearing the worst: rain. She had a backup plan (they’d just move the guests to the barn instead), but was insistent that the ceremony be at Mount Ida’s gazebo overlooking the water. When the wedding day arrived (and the weatherman assured only a 30 percent chance of rain), Lindsey and her groom, Tyler, decided to chance it. Luckily, the guests arrived early, so they started the ceremony 30 minutes ahead of schedule. But it was still too late.
“By the time I got to the top of the stairs, the droplets were the size of golf balls and there was no turning back,” Lindsey says. “All I could do was laugh.”
Even though it drenched the couple, the downpour had an unintended positive consequence: It set the tone for the rest of the evening.
“My guests could feel the love and they could see how perfectly at ease we were at the altar, rain and all,” she says.
There are plenty of ways to interpret a rainy wedding day—it’s good luck! It means you’ll be wealthy! It’s an indicator of many children!—but one thing is for certain: True love can weather any storm.
Under the big top
It’s always good to have a plan B! If you’re worried about rain, most tent rental companies will allow you to pay a non-refundable deposit to keep a tent on hold—pay in full if you use it, forfeit the deposit if you don’t. (Small price to pay to prevent a waterlogged wedding day, we say.) Here are three local options to come to your rescue.—C.W.
Skyline Tent Company