You're asking about rain and that's understandable and you should. Here's what you need to know.
First thing, we don't talk about rain! Bad luck...LOL. We don't want to jinx anything :) Maybe that's why we've always have great luck with inclement weather. Seriously, after thousands of weddings, we've only been rained on a few time.
Simply, we don't worry about rain at least until it might affect us and that's on wedding day about 1-2 hours before the event.
Yes, it may have been pouring rain just before but, when we do the actual ceremony, it's good. Maybe not perfect, not super sunny (which actually is good), a little windy, even a some drizzle but, still good enough to do the ceremony as planned. FYI: You only get rainbows when it rains :)
Second, if you're planning to have your wedding outdoors "anywhere", you've already accepted the fact that, it might rain. Right?
Yes, you can pay a hotel or other private site $2k-$4k just to stand on their grass and while some have a "Plan B" for large events, many don't have one for small weddings. And we we're pretty sure, none of our clients want to pay for a hotel site, that's why they book us.
Third thing to know and most importantly. You're simply not paying us for a "Plan B"!
That's right, you're not paying us for a "Plan B". That's got to be obvious given our prices for most everyone but, we gotta state it so, there's no absolutely no confusion.
FYI: We do now have a rain insurance option on our Order Form which gives you the option of a "Plan B". See HERE.
OK, so here's what you need to know about the weather is Hawaii given our experience so, you can make an informed decision.
Is there a best time of year? Not really and every season has it's own attributes.
In a normal year, you can expect more rain in the from October to April, our hurricane season is from July to August (we've had only 3 in the last 35 years and only one that got close to Oahu... pretty good odds). Tropical storms come and go throughout the year.
Sunny weather in the Spring/Summer is nice but, it can also be hot and muggy, and in the summer we can get big storms. Wet weather in the late Fall and Winter is normal but, we've had some drought years too.
Rain in Hawaii is a common early morning occurrence and sometimes in the later afternoon depending upon the wind direction. Additionally, the beach locations we use are less likely to get the worst rain simply because of the geography.
We're in the middle of the Pacific and it's just hard to predict reliably what's going to happen at any certain time (even for huge storms) and weather changes quickly. So, don't get all stressed out by constantly checking weather reports. FYI: We do watch the radar :)
We've learned not to rely upon TV and website weather forecasts. Unless it's a huge weather front and it's obvious, they're wrong 80% of the time. And even then, they'll predict "severe" weather and it ends up being sunny! We don't get stressed out about it and neither should you.
For example, we just had a day where it was rainy and heavy clouds pretty much all morning and to early afternoon. Thankfully, the client didn't freak out and want to reschedule their sunset wedding (they purchased rain insurance) that day. Long story, it was an awesome sunset and the weather could not be any better.
The main thing to remember is that we have far more good weather days than not. We'd say 80% or more on Oahu and at the locations we use for weddings.
So, what happens?
First, heavy clouds, overcast, drizzle, wind, and intermittent rain are not reasons for us to reschedule a wedding.
It's got to be really bad for us to reschedule. We've learned the lesson of rescheduling a wedding only to have it be beautiful.
As it works out 95% of the time, with a little patience or even a nearby location change, we will be able to perform your wedding as scheduled.
If it's an obvious storm system like a hurricane or large tropical storm, we'll talk either the night before or on the morning of the wedding.
FYI: If we want to relocate to another location, it's easiest if you're using our transportation, not a problem if we have a mobile phone number, impossible if we don't have a number or you're already in transit driving yourself. If we can't contact you, you have no options.
Here’s what we can do at our sole discretion: