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When Extreme Weather Affects Your Wedding

By October 28, 2012

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Across the east coast of the US, folks are bustling around preparing for Frankenstorm - aka Hurricane Sandy. And while I'm checking the batteries in my flashlight and readying pots of potable water, I'm also thinking about the brides and grooms nervous about their weddings.

Fortunately, the timing means that few couples will be impacted this weekend.  Hopefully today's events will be largely over before things get dangerous, although there might be a few guests who find themselves unable to fly home.  If you've got a wedding coming up next weekend, the storm should be over by then. But check with your venue as soon as possible after the eye has passed to see if there has been any damage.

But if you're planning a wedding for next year, there are a few things you can do to prevent a hurricane from impacting your wedding:

Avoid the "hurricane season" - in the Carribean, this is June-November, with most storms occuring during August-October. This site shows you peak hurricane season for locations around the world.

- Consider honeymooning in non-hurricane heavy spot. South America, Canada, Europe are just some of the locations unlikely to be hit by a hurricane.

- Look for a resort or travel booker with a hurricane guarantee.

- Purchase wedding insurance that specifically covers cancellation due to weather.

- This last tip might sound surprising to you, but consider booking a cruise. Cruise ships can generally sail around a hurricane. However, airport closures may prevent you from getting to the boat. If you book your air travel through them, the cruise line companies will help you rebook your travel so that you can catch up to a boat that has already set sail.

-Even if it's not a hurricane, the weather can affect your wedding plans. Make sure you've read my 10 Tips for an Outdoor Wedding


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