July 18, 2011, Blogspot – If you have a beach wedding scheduled and a hurricane is in the Gulf of Mexico, we watch the Weather Channel, news, and communicate with me and your lodging arrangements to know what what’s going on down here about it.
Usually under hurricane warnings, we all scatter for cover and lodging reservations get canceled. When we are under a hurricane warning, I usually head to Atlanta, Georgia with my family because of my wife’s job. She is apart of her companies hurricane evacuation team. Her company operates hospital computer software systems so they will move a portion of their Mobile, Alabama operations to their emergency operation center in Atlanta.
Usually when that happens, beach hotels and realty services are also evacuated so everyone here changes plans and cancels schedules.
Sometimes we may be under a hurricane watch, not a warning, so the wedding may still go on. I’ve done many under these conditions, it is just a little windy! (OK a lot windy – but you’re just as married.)
What you want to look for is the hurricane’s “cone of prediction” to see if your beach area is in that “cone” and if the hurricane appears to be on to the east or west of your wedding location.
If the hurricane is to the east of your wedding location, that’s good. It means the strongest winds and potential damage in on the far side, away from your location. If your wedding location is on the east side of the projected hurricane, that’s bad.
The key to dealing with hurricanes and wedding planning is just to watch their path and communicate with your vendors at your wedding location.