While the National Weather Service is predicting just a one in three chance of afternoon showers Saturday, Catie Camp still plans to get up and check not one, but two Internet forecasting sites.
While the National Weather Service is predicting just a one in three chance of afternoon showers for Saturday, Catie Camp still plans to get up and check not one, but two Internet forecasting sites.
"I always want to hope that one has better news," said the functions manager for Waltham's Gore Place estate, slated to host a wedding later that day.
With cold and damp spring-like weather settling on the region in recent weeks, wedding organizers interviewed Thursday said they've been extra busy making contingency plans for outdoor ceremonies with caterers and other service companies and calming anxious brides.
But while they're still keeping a wary eye on the forecast and hoping for a break soon, so far none have had to actually invoke their rain plans, usually entailing vows said in the reception hall or under a tent on the temporary dance floor.
"So far I've been lucky," said Function Manager Sandy Brown of Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, explaining that the overcast and soggy weather has been concentrated on weekdays and not weekends.
"So far my brides have been able to scoot in between the raindrops," said Terri Altergott, the owner of Something Borrowed, Something New Events in Uxbridge and the vice president of the New England Wedding Professionals association.
"(But) It's definitely created some chaos and some anxiety," Altergott said. "Having to potentially change those plans at the last minute is very disheartening."
Although wedding planners like Altergott may feel a little more stress, Encore Party Rentals in Hudson reported that portentous skies have actually meant more business.
While main wedding tents have been reserved months in advance, the company has seen a demand for last-minute, additional coverings for associated outdoor walkways and cocktail parties.
"Everyone's sick and tired of it," sales associate Amy Lyons said of the weather. "(But) it's helped us, I believe."
At Gore Place, all wedding parties are told they need a rain plan it is New England, after all but so far no ceremonies this season have seen one put to use.
Still, Camp expressed anxiety about Saturday's event; as with other weddings, she will set a cut-off time for deciding whether to move the gathering under the tent for a more informal ceremony squeezed onto the dance floor.
"Most brides want to wait and make the decision at the last possible moment," she said. "I'm crossing my fingers."
While the threat of rain may cause wedding party anxiety, Altergott said she has seen worse: A recent ceremony in Cancun, Mexico, was nearly called off because of the swine flu scare.
"The important thing is not that it's sunny," she said. "It's that you're going to marry the man or woman you love."
MetroWest Daily News writer Michael Morton can be reached at 508-626-4338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.