Wedding Day Stress Due to Smoke

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Fri, August 2 2013 at 6:03 PM, Updated: Fri, August 2 2013 at 9:11 PM

This week's smoky skies have put wedding planners and brides-to-be on edge...wondering if the smoke will stick around for the big day.

The heavy smoke couldn't have picked a worst time to come filtering into the valley, with August being one of the busiest months to get married.

Wedding planners in the Rogue Valley have had a busy week.

"It was a scramble, a lot of people were saying oh should I cancel," said Jeanie Payne, a wedding planner at her company JP Event Planning.

She said brides and grooms-to-be are concerned about all the smoke, and wondering if they could move the entire wedding indoors.

"Typically the weather is better than this," said Payne.

"I got my first phone call Tuesday morning and it was a concerned Grants Pass couple getting married at a vineyard in Grants Pass for 250 guests."

Changing venues last minute for 250 people is difficult to say the least.

"There aren't very many indoors facilities first of all in our valley and most of those were already taken because it's a very popular time of year," Payne said.

On Friday, the weather started looking up as the skies cleared.

"We're all feeling a lot better."

But conditions could easily change for the weekend depending on the wind.

"Oh no," said Payne, exasperated to hear the news.

"At this point we're just going with it," she continued.

Payne said she's unable to change much at all for weddings that have been in the works for over a year.

"Flowers are ordered, food is ordered, you can't cancel."

That's especially true with so much money on the line. Weddings can cost between $12,000-$20,000.

So for now, even if the smoke rolls back in...

"We've all been looking for masks and masks everywhere are sold out. A favor at a wedding could be a smoke mask," laughed Payne.

With a sense of humor and a whole lot of flowers, she's hoping the happiest day of her clients' lives won't be sopped in by all the smoke.

Payne said these aren't the worst conditions she's seen. Rain can seriously dampen the special day and a number of years back she said a whole lot of ash rained down on an outdoor wedding with white linens.

Meanwhile, the Rogue Valley Country Club said they've received a number of calls from couples wanting to change their outdoor wedding to an indoor one. Staff said they're booked this weekend but have spots available for the coming weeks.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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