It's Hawaii, it rains but, it's Hawaii and it's usually not that bad.
Yes, we do have storms which pass through, we may be using umbrellas, we may have to wait it out for a short time, we may even get rained on at some point during the ceremony but, we're almost always able to get the job done.
Our experience has been that, it could have been pouring rain earlier in the day or hours before but, when we do the ceremony, it's fine. Maybe, we're just lucky.
After thousands of weddings and irrespective of the weather reports, we've only had to reschedule a couple of times. Pretty amazing when you think about it.
We don't think about rain much until, that day and a an hour or two before the event. We suggest you not worry too much either.
There is no "Plan B" unless, you've included our rain insurance on your contract. Read more.
Here are some considerations:
- If you've planned to have your ceremony on the beach and not indoors, you've already accepted the possiblility that the weather might not be perfect.
- Being in the middle of the Pacific, weather changes quickly consequently, it's really hard to predict. Even for huge storms they say are coming. Don't get freaked out by TV and website forecasts! They're wrong 80% of the time. Even when they predict "severe" weather, it ends up being perfect.
- Clouds, overcast weather, wind, and even intermittent rain is not enough of a reason to cancel or reschedule a ceremony for us. FYI: The lighting is nice when it's overcast and rainbows only happen when it rains!
- In Hawaii we have far more good weather days than bad and most of the beaches we use from are usually not as affected by rain as the rest of the island.
- We have the most temperate climate in the world and it's pretty much nice all the time, there is no best month weather wise in our opinion.
- Rain in Hawaii is a common early morning occurrence and sometimes in the later afternoon depending upon the wind direction, and especially for the interior of the island. We're on the beaches.
- Beach locations we use are less likely to get the worst rain simply because of the geography.
- It rains usually over the mountains, interior, or west side almost every day. Waikiki, East Honolulu, and Windward east side by Makapuu and Waimanalo are usually not wet while other parts of the island are.
- In a normal year, you can expect more rain from November to February. Understand that "more" doesn't mean every day or all the time :)
- Hurricane season is from July to September (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
- Fall/Spring/Summer is nice but, it can also be hot and muggy.
- Wet weather in the late Fall and Winter is normal but, it's sunny most days.
- Then you add El Nino and El Nena with drought and wet years and you understand that "locals" just roll with it.
- Heavy clouds, overcast, drizzle, wind, and intermittent rain, light or heavy, are not reasons for us to reschedule a wedding.
- As it works out most always, with a little patience, we'll be able to perform your wedding as scheduled. We might also suggest a last minute location change. If we have a USA mobile number, your hotel name, or if you use our transportation, no worries. If not, we'll going to have to meet you at the location and decide from there.
- If it's an obvious storm system like a direct hit from a hurricane or a storm which will cause a dangerous situation (very rare in both cases), we'll contact you the day before or on the morning of the wedding.
- We'll only suggest a reschedule if it's really, really bad and we think it will continue throughout the day. We only done this a couple of times in thousands of ceremonies. We've learned the lesson of rescheduling a couple hours before the ceremony and it turns out to be a great day, and then the rescheduled day is worse!
- Our photographers have thousands of dollars of professional equipment. If it's bad, they're no going to risk it for a small little beach wedding.
Here’s what we can do at our sole discretion:
- We'll wait as long as we can for the rain to pass as long as it doesn't conflict with a ceremony to follow. We will use umbrellas if we can. We usually bring two. One for the photographer and one for the couple. You're guests are on their own.
- We'll suggest another location. You will be responsible for any vendor travel fees outside of Honolulu/Waikiki. Travel fees (if any) already on your contract will not be returned and extra limousine time if required will be additionally due.
- We can use your hotel room or alternate covered location you have secured. Vendor hotel parking fees will be additionally due.