My Town Monday: March – Nice Day for a White Wedding

Around here, there are two things you can count on in March: basketball fanaticism, and crazy weather.

We’ve had record-busting temperatures here since last Wednesday, where we’ve broken into the upper 70’s each day. Previous records have been 71-73 degrees.Β Then there have been years where the temperature never stayed above freezing for the whole day. 1997 and 2004 were cold in mid-March, with lows in the teens and twenties.

Average temperatures in the Dayton area in mid-March hover around a high in the upper 40s, and lows in the upper 20s.Β Β In the space of a week, we can go from snowstorms to sunbathing weather. Planning ahead? LOL. At any time, any kind of weather can happen!

So why on earth would anyone plan a wedding in March? I can answer that question because eighteen years ago today, I married my own romance hero. πŸ˜€

March: a great day for a white wedding!

We got engaged the prior May, on the day between our birthdays (mine is May 15th, his is the 17th). But we already knew it was happening before that, and I actually had bought my wedding dress about a month earlier. I don’t normally recommend this route, but this particular dress was the perfect dress, and it was half-off in a closeout sale – no trivial savings! And it was long-sleeve. So a summer wedding was out. Sure, we could have gone downtown and gotten married any time (this would have been fine with my husband), but after being a bridesmaid seven times, I wanted the big t0-do like my friends had – which means planning in advance. And if you’re going for one of the more popular months, reception halls, churches, and service providers often book more than a year out. Besides, I never like being part of the crowd, and had no interest in the quintessential June wedding that might conflict with someone else’s, or where our guests were likely to already have wedding fatigue.

January was out – plan something like that around here, and you’re asking for a blizzard. February’s iffy too. So March it was. We chose the 19th because the reception hall we wanted and the church both had the day available. We knew we were taking a risk – anything from snowstorm to sunbathing weather! But the luck o’ the Irish held an extra two days for us: we got the latter. And thank goodness for that, because we were able to get the maximum enjoyment from our very special wedding Β “limo” – a 1970 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, that my husband and his best man had spent the past year restoring for our special day. And yes, we still have it!

Want the rest of the story? Go download How I Met My Husband: The Real-life Love Stories of 25 Romance Authors and check out my entry, “Looking for Mr. Goodwrench.” It’s free on Smashwords, and will soon be available on other outlets. I designed the cover. πŸ™‚

How’s March been treating you? I’d love to hear from you! Got any March news or history to share? Has the weather in your area been unseasonably warm this March? Or are you holed up watching basketball and haven’t noticed? πŸ™‚

Weather facts from Weather Underground
Wedding photo Β©1994 by Ron Perry

13 Responses to \

  1. Yes, we’ve been extra warm around here for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been craving sunlight so it’s been great!
    Love the wedding photo–happy anniversary πŸ™‚

  2. 70 Sounds lovely! Nice way to lead into the promo, too! I’ll have to wait until I get home to download the story. The internet here is super slow and it will probably get lost. Took me an hour just to change a paragraph on my post last night. LOL I do want to read it though. πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Anniversary to you & you hubby, Jennette! I think it’s very cool that you still have the Bonneville convertible.

    Being in TX we never know what to expect from one minute to the next. It’s been beautiful weather in the 70’s & 80’s. Tonight it’s storming & temps have plummeted. Extremely high winds. Oh well. Hopefully it won’t last long.

    I sincerely wish you & your husband many happy years together. πŸ™‚

  4. Happy Anniversary! Love the picture.
    And I’m sitting in my family room sweating. My son says it’s too hot for winter (and yes, it’s still winter, isn’t it?). But I love this weather (besides the sitting in the room sweating part, though). I drove home with the window down today. Perfect!!

  5. Coleen, Debra, Rhonda – thanks! We only get the Bonneville out a few times a year, but it’s so much fun to cruise in.

    Stacy – LOL! We’ve had the AC on! Something seems so wrong with that! I love driving with the windows down. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Yup, warm in Europe too.
    Weather became so crazy, especially in last 5-10 years, that I will no longer be surprised, even if there is snowfall in July.
    I ponder that we people are fully responsible. πŸ™

  7. Congratulations on 18 years of marriage! I think March is an ideal time for a wedding! Not too hot, not too cold and no competition from other weddings! I’ll have to get a copy of Michele’s book to read your complete love story;)!

  8. What a sweet story, Jeannette! And super cute picture! I’m a March baby myself.

    Glad your big day was perfect and you’re still going strong in the relationship! Kudos to you!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. Vladimir, it does make you wonder if there’s not something to this global warming! Thanks for stopping by!

    Maria, we lucked out, that’s for sure. I hope you enjoy How I Met My Husband!

    Thanks, Patricia! It’s been 18 good years. πŸ™‚

  10. I remember that day like it was yesterday, partly because it was one of the few times Li’l Sis ever managed to get me into a tuxedo. (I was an usher.) Happy anniversary, Jen.

  11. Awww, thanks, Jim! My special day was a bit more special because you were a part of it. πŸ™‚

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