How in the world are you meant to prepare for a wedding that could, according to respectable weather forecasts, be under threat from severe storms and potential flash flooding?
According to Jess Tarrant, who last week married North Melbourne footballer Robbie Tarrant, you try not to listen too closely to what the weather gods are promising, instead putting your blinkers on to encourage a blissfully ignorant lead up to the day.
“We knew the weather forecast was pretty dire but weren’t aware of the ‘10/10 storm rating’, which in hindsight was probably a good thing,” the PR specialist told Mamamia about her wedding last Friday in Melbourne.
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The days leading up to that weekend in Victoria were punctuated by news reports of wild weather and flooding, instructions for employees to leave work early and for everyone else to stay indoors.
“I’d been keeping an eye on the BOM website since about 10 days out from our big day, and watched with horror as the forecast got worse each day. Being December we thought our biggest issue would be heat so we were pretty shocked when severe rain and thunderstorms were forecast,” Jess tells Mamamia.
“Having known about the forecast for some time, we were completely resigned to the fact that it was going to rain on our wedding day.”
Thunderstorms were unfortunately an understatement at the time, with a mini natural disaster expected to swamp the state.
The impending storm was so severe, experts said, that it could threaten life.
"On the day of our wedding my bridesmaids and I were getting ready at a hotel in South Yarra and had 180 degree views of Melbourne, so we could see the weather rolling in. I tried to remain calm but did feel pretty anxious, especially in the morning when it poured with rain. My bridesmaids did a stellar job of keeping me calm and preoccupied throughout the day, and I received so many lovely messages from concerned family and friends sharing happy stories of their own rainy weddings," she says.