Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The skies have opened up and unleashed a season's worth of rain on Santa Barbara in less than a week. It's pourrrrrrrrring outside! Personally, I love the rain. It reminds me of my days on the East Coast with big booming thunder storms. I get into my coziest clothes and make a steaming latte and hunker down listening to the pitter-patter of it hitting the roof.

That said, rain also strikes fear into the hearts of brides and planners everywhere. It doesn't happen often; we're blessed with truly fabulous weather here. But a good planner will always have one eye on the weather reports and know how to be prepared. If you're planning an outdoor wedding during the rainy season, it's a good idea to work with a catering and/or rental company that keeps tents on standby in their inventory. That way you avoid the last minute scramble of tracking one down (along with everyone else) and getting overcharged.

Umbrellas are also a fun and affordable item to have on hand - you can get super cute ones and incorporate them into your decor regardless of rain or shine. These are a few of the truly fabulous options from Bella Umbrella!

Be prepared. But, at the end of the day, whatever the weather, make a conscious decision ... choose to embrace it and enjoy your day. You get one shot at this ... and the memories, trust me, can be just as beautiful!

Chris & Tami 2008, from Harrison Douglas Photography

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