Come Rain or Come Shine: Mountain Summer Weddings and Weather
June through September are popular wedding months in the mountains, and for good reason—when the weather's good, it's very, very good. But... what about when it's not?
Rain turned into an unforgettable photo opportunity at this Granby Ranch wedding.
At Granby Ranch we do have afternoon thunderstorms in late July and August. These so-called mountain monsoons can blow in around 2 pm, but are often gone just a fast and furiously as they came.
The mountaintop ceremony site at Granby Ranch is so staggeringly gorgeous it's worth chancing it with the weather—and nine times out of ten, weddings go off without a hitch under sunny Colorado skies with some of the most breathtaking views of the Continental Divide you'll ever see.
But every once in awhile, rain can rattle even the most up-for-it couples. With a little prep, you can make sure your mountain wedding stands up to the elements.
Tips to keep in mind:
Look at the positive side. Weather delay? Hey, it's an expanded cocktail hour! Darkening skies? Most dramatic photos ever! Rain dares to fall? Cute umbrellas all around! "A little bump here or there actually tends to break the ice at a wedding—it brings out the laughter and bring guests together," says Hill.
Bring a sweater. Or a shrug, or a white parka, or vintage fur wrap, or a fuzzy mohair cardigan, or a pashmina...some dress manufacturers even make matching "bridal hoodies" to pair with gowns. Nab one.
Think about your dress. Long trains, delicate lace, and fussy layers can be tougher to manage in weather. You don't want tears and stains to break your heart! Pick a gown that you can move in freely, that won't drag or snag, or that a few drops of rain won't water mark.
Shift your shoes. Those blue satin sandals you had your heart set on? Get 'em, but bring a backup. Cute flip flops, cowboy boots, sequined Tom's, pink Wellies, ballet flats, Birkenstocks.... all are good Plan Bs for hoofing it in iffy weather. The sandals? They'll be waiting for the reception and photo ops!
Have a backup plan. At Granby Ranch we've only had to use our backup tent for one wedding, but that's why we have it, just in case. Almost inevitably, the wind shifts, the skies clear, and we proceed just as planned.
And know when to use it. Sure, you have your heart set on that site, but don't let it be at the expense of your joy on your wedding day. If the weather just won't play ball, go with the flow and move forward with your ceremony in an alternative spot.