A travel firm has said that those with upcoming nuptials can now plan for the one thing that previously had to be left to fate – the weather.
Oliver’s Travels is offering its high-end customers a ‘cloud bursting’ service to keep the rain away from their wedding day, for the substantial sum of £100,000.
Using pilots and meteorologists, the company utilises what is known as the ‘cloud seeding’ technique, which drops silver iodide into the clouds a week or so prior to the event, ensuring they burst and turn to rain. In turn, this process could result in the clear blue skies everyone wants on their wedding day.
The technique was developed in the 1940s by Vincent Shaefer and appears to have recently gained traction in China as a useful tool prior to various events, with the 2008 Beijing Olympics being the most notable. It has also been rumoured to have been used for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as a Paul McCartney concert in 2003.
However, if the hefty fee puts couples off this unusual service, a professional wedding photographer in Liverpool and beyond will be able utilise the weather, whatever it may be, to create an array of memorable photos of a wedding.
There are also environmental concerns about the use of such techniques, hence the reason that it is only to be used on certain sized clouds. Further, it does not appear to completely guarantee a dry day, so perhaps taking a chance with the UK weather may ultimately be the right choice.