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Imagine if you could guarantee clear, sunny skies for your wedding day. Now you can, but it comes with an outrageous price tag.
Oliver’s Travels, a luxury holiday rental company, offers a cloud-bursting service that effectively assures clear skies and pleasant weather. The service is available to couples who’ve planned a destination wedding in France, though the company plans to expand the service to the U.K. and Italy.
Now for the cost. An Oliver’s Travels blog post detailing the service says:
Costs start from £100,000 [approximately $113,000], which is a fair old whack of cash! But then again, you can’t put a price on perfection right?
The service, which involves a team of pilots and meteorologists, takes about three weeks of planning. According to the Daily Mail, here’s how “cloud-bursting” or cloud seeding works:
… the technique involves firing rockets filled with silver iodide crystals into rain clouds from light aircraft or the ground.
The icy particles freeze water droplets so that they continue growing in size and eventually fall out of the cloud as snow, which turns to rain before it reaches the ground.
Cloud seeding has been used since the 1940s, according to the Weather Modification Association. It’s used primarily by agricultural organizations to control precipitation. The association said there’s no scientific evidence suggesting that cloud seeding causes any negative environmental impacts.
It was cloudy and it rained on my wedding day. We had an outdoor ceremony and all our pictures were taken outside.
Obviously, we didn’t have ideal weather conditions, but we made it work. In fact, the clouds were gorgeous and featured prominently in many of our pictures. And the light drizzle was a minor inconvenience, but we didn’t let it ruin our day. I wouldn’t change it for $100, let alone tens of thousands.
But for those with deep pockets, $113,000 is probably a small price to pay to assure perfect weather for a fairytale wedding.
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If you’re on a slightly more modest wedding budget watch this video to learn about ways to save money on one of the big wedding expenses — the dress.