For any bride or groom who have been planning an outdoor wedding, it’s everyone’s nightmare: rain in the forecast on your wedding day. Especially with the increased popularity of outdoor weddings, rain can completely derail your carefully thought out plans. But rainy wedding days can have a unique magic of their own. If you check the weather a couple weeks before your big day and see that there’s a chance of rain, here are a few tips to make sure you’re prepared to weather the storm and still have the wedding of your dreams.
1. Have a plan B.
This one might seem obvious, but make sure that you talk to your venue and/or wedding planner ahead of your wedding day to ensure that you have a backup rain plan. If you intend to have an outdoor ceremony, decide on an alternate location in case of bad weather.
2. Purchase some clear or black umbrellas.
Umbrellas and rain gear won’t ruin your photos—trust me! There are all kinds of styles of clear umbrellas you can purchase, or you can pick up some black umbrellas with wooden handles. Both can look really classy! Just make sure to buy enough to cover everyone in your wedding party.
These are my favorite clear umbrellas that I always recommend!
3. Order a pair of cute rain boots to wear with your wedding dress!
Whether they match your wedding’s color scheme or have an embroidered monogram, a cute pair of rain boots can be a real lifesaver! They’ll help you stay dry as we move from location to location throughout the day and will be a great accessory to show off in your photos.
A few of my brides have worn these cute white rain boots!
4. Consider getting a second dress for the reception.
I mean, here I am, giving you permission to buy a second pretty dress for your wedding day. Think about it: we can get beautiful shots in the rain while you’re wearing your wedding dress then you can change for the reception and dance the night away! If you’re not comfortable getting your dress wet, then consider buying a cute, colorful rain jacket to wear for a couple of photos outside.
A great place to look for a cute, custom dress is Anomolie.
5. Keep your guests warm and cozy!
Make sure to have warm drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or apple cider for your guests to enjoy after being outside or walking through the rain. If you know ahead of time that it’s going to be a particularly rainy day, consider having some towels or blankets as well.
The most important thing to remember is that your wedding day isn’t ruined if it rains. If you roll with it and decide to stay positive, the rain will enhance the joy of the day and give us some opportunities to take some incredibly unique photos.
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