Tips for Rain on Your Wedding Day

Looking for tips for rain on your wedding day? Wondering what to do if it rains? There are plenty of ways to prepare for the possibility of a little drizzle, and the presence of rain can actually lend your wedding—and your photos—an even more romantic vibe. So whether you’re planning well ahead of time or scrambling at the last minute, check out these tips for rain on your wedding day.

Develop a Plan B you absolutely love.

The most obvious way to plan for rain is to have a backup plan, but when you’re choosing a Plan B for your big day, don’t just settle for the closest available indoor venue. Instead, take some time to put planning and thought into your backup plan and make sure there are parts of it that you’re really looking forward to. That way, if you do have to move indoors, you won’t be devastated at the change of venue.

Keep everyone in the loop.

If there’s any chance of rain, it’s important to let everyone involved in the wedding and your guests know about your backup plan. This is where a wedding website can come in handy and send a mass email as needed. If there is rain forecasted, you can tell everyone about the change of plans and to come prepared for rainy weather and potentially muddy dirt. If you’re getting married during a month that’s particularly wet, consider including a card in your invitations that lets all your guests know the rainy day plan.

Talk to your vendors.

When you interview potential vendors for your big day, ask about how rain would affect their plans or timing. It would be great to get in touch with all your vendors a few days before the wedding if the forecast is looking gray as a little reminder.  Rain may require some of them to adjust their schedules or make changes to their preparations, so advance notice is definitely appreciated.

Regarding photography, rain is not a deal breaker! It may not be ideal, but rainy actually allows for some really unique wedding images. A little dancing in the rain doesn’t hurt, but regardless I come fully prepared to shoot in any condition!

Plan your day as if it will rain.

Take time to consider how rain would affect every aspect of your wedding and plan accordingly. After all, you’re better safe than sorry, and having a plan in place for inclement weather will save you a lot of stress if it does rain the day of. Think about everything, from your guests’ arrival to your ceremony details, and build a schedule with plenty of wiggle room and accommodations for the wet weather.


Think about the little things.

Oversized umbrellas and waterproof mascara are an obvious must, but consider all the details that rain may affect. Have extra towels handy for guests and the wedding party or think about having a few hair dryers in the bathrooms. Heat lamps are a great addition to help combat the cold as well. Choose a hairdo that’s less likely to get frizzy with all the moisture in the air and consider having a reception dress, just in case you need something dry to change into if your wedding dress gets a little wet.

Keep things cozy.

If you’re concerned about rain, consider making your reception a little cozier. You can have a hot chocolate bar or serve warm cider to keep your guests toasty. You can even offer blankets that guests can wrap up in. It may not be formal, but it’ll definitely be fun, and your guests are sure to appreciate it!

Have matching accessories ready to go.

Prepare for rain with umbrellas in your wedding colors (or clear) or matching rain boots for the bridesmaids. Colorful accessories will make for fun photos and will help keep the rain from ruining all the carefully-done hairdos and makeup. Instead of looking at rain as a negative, make it a positive!

Don’t be afraid to embrace the rain.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! You are getting married to your best friend after all! It may not be exactly what you imagined, but just relax and enjoy the moments, rain and all. Please CONTACT me to discuss your wedding day.

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