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I was watching TV last evening when a commercial came on. It was promoting the June themed movies on the W Network. The announcer - in his lovely, sultry voice - read the script: “June is wedding month.”
I stand to be corrected, but I doubt if June is wedding month here by the ocean. We’ve had some lovely days this week, but, generally speaking, our weather doesn’t really get nice until later when the sea surface temperatures start to warm along our coasts.
Regardless of when a couple chooses to say their “I dos”, the date never comes with a weather guarantee.
I usually get calls from brides-to-be looking for a “lowest probability” date for rain. Those statistics are out there, but, still, there are no guarantees.
Grandma might not agree – she believed that if you hang your prayer beads on the clothesline the night before a wedding, the rain would stay away. I can’t tell you how many people I have shared this with and, while they didn’t all believe it would work, most did it anyway. It can’t hurt!
I’m not sure is Grandma was convinced this would work, but she convinced many nervous brides and allowed them to get some sleep the night before their big day.
As well as being a wonderful prognosticator, Grandma was an eternal optimist. If the beads out on the line overnight didn’t keep the rain away, she was quick to remind the bridal party that if it rains on your wedding day, there will be money in your future.
If you’re planning a wedding, I wish you blue skies and sunshine and long-lasting love. Love … there’s another thing that’s not guaranteed, but Grandma would tell you to snip a few marigolds from the garden and tuck them in your bouquet to keep your love true.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.