Tips for a Rainy Wedding Day Forecast

TIP #1: DELETE YOUR WEATHER APP

Tips for a Rainy Wedding Day Forecast


TIP #1: DELETE YOUR WEATHER APP

You’ve spent the last year planning for and picturing your outdoor wedding on an idyllic sunny day. Fast-forward to ten days out from your wedding day when you refresh your weather app incessantly in disbelief at the sight of a raindrop symbol in the forecast. Help!

A Week Out From Your Wedding Day with Rain in the Forecast

First, don’t panic. Weather forecasts frequently change this far out. The best thing you can do is try to relax at this point and check the weather as little as possible. Send a quick note to your venue or wedding planner to make sure they are prepared should a rain plan need to go into effect.


If details are not in your contract, here are a few questions you may want to ask:


  • Will any events of the day or locations have to change with the rain plan? If so, what is the back up plan?
  • When do you need to decide if you want a tent (if this isn’t something you will be planning to have regardless)?
  • If you will still be outside with a tent, will the tent have covered sides? How will the dance floor be kept as dry as possible?
  • Will the venue be providing umbrellas to guests if parts of the wedding day will still be outdoors?
  • Are there any outdoor covered areas that you can use for guests or photos?

You may also want to order a set of clear umbrellas for you and the bridal party to have. These photograph beautifully in the rain.


A Few Days Out From Your Wedding Day with Rain in the Forecast

 

We’ll say it again, but don’t panic. Here are a few more things to keep in mind as showers look more likely:

  • As tough as it can be, the outcome will not change no matter how many times you check the weather. If it’s too hard not to look, delete your weather apps on your phone.
  • Being a few days out from your wedding, the best thing you can do is try to enjoy this time and reduce stress. You may want to sit down and make a list of all the things that will make the day so special, regardless of the weather (your vows, all of your friends and family gathered together, good food and dancing, etc.). Seeing a physical list will help you visualize all of the beautiful aspects of the day that are totally unaffected by weather.
  • It is rare that it truly rains all day long – even if it does rain, often there will be periods of reprieve where you can enjoy the outdoors and possibly sneak in some outdoor photos if that’s of interest. Take advantage if you can!

 

On Your Wedding Day

 

  • Ask a trusted bridesmaid or friend to help keep you dry during the festivities, especially if you have to move between locations that may or may not be covered. It can be hard enough to keep track of your new spouse, never mind an umbrella, so it’s good to have extra eyes prepared!
  • Be cautious of the bottom of your dress, at least until you finish pictures. Wedding dresses, most often being white, tend to be less forgiving at the bottom when wet. Whether you’re doing a first look or taking portraits after the ceremony, take care to keep the bottom of your dress as dry as possible until after you’re done. But after the most important pictures are taken, don’t give it another thought and enjoy! There are some incredible dry cleaning services that can often make the dress look good as new afterwards.
  • Take advantage of a beautiful backdrop for pictures. Cloudy, rainy weather can create truly dreamy photography. If you can, venture outside for a bit to take advantage of it.
  • Have fun! Dancing in the rain is a blast.

You’ve spent the last year planning for and picturing your outdoor wedding on an idyllic sunny day. Fast-forward to ten days out from your wedding day when you refresh your weather app incessantly in disbelief at the sight of a raindrop symbol in the forecast. Help!

A Week Out From Your Wedding Day with Rain in the Forecast
 

First, don’t panic. Weather forecasts frequently change this far out. The best thing you can do is try to relax at this point and check the weather as little as possible. Send a quick note to your venue or wedding planner to make sure they are prepared should a rain plan need to go into effect.


If details are not in your contract, here are a few questions you may want to ask:


  • Will any events of the day or locations have to change with the rain plan? If so, what is the back up plan?
  • When do you need to decide if you want a tent (if this isn’t something you will be planning to have regardless)?
  • If you will still be outside with a tent, will the tent have covered sides? How will the dance floor be kept as dry as possible?
  • Will the venue be providing umbrellas to guests if parts of the wedding day will still be outdoors?
  • Are there any outdoor covered areas that you can use for guests or photos?

You may also want to order a set of clear umbrellas for you and the bridal party to have. These photograph beautifully in the rain.

A Few Days Out From Your Wedding Day with Rain in the Forecast

We’ll say it again, but don’t panic. Here are a few more things to keep in mind as showers look more likely:

  • As tough as it can be, the outcome will not change no matter how many times you check the weather. If it’s too hard not to look, delete your weather apps on your phone.
  • Being a few days out from your wedding, the best thing you can do is try to enjoy this time and reduce stress. You may want to sit down and make a list of all the things that will make the day so special, regardless of the weather (your vows, all of your friends and family gathered together, good food and dancing, etc.). Seeing a physical list will help you visualize all of the beautiful aspects of the day that are totally unaffected by weather.
  • It is rare that it truly rains all day long – even if it does rain, often there will be periods of reprieve where you can enjoy the outdoors and possibly sneak in some outdoor photos if that’s of interest. Take advantage if you can!

 

On Your Wedding Day

  • Ask a trusted bridesmaid or friend to help keep you dry during the festivities, especially if you have to move between locations that may or may not be covered. It can be hard enough to keep track of your new spouse, never mind an umbrella, so it’s good to have extra eyes prepared!
  • Be cautious of the bottom of your dress, at least until you finish pictures. Wedding dresses, most often being white, tend to be less forgiving at the bottom when wet. Whether you’re doing a first look or taking portraits after the ceremony, take care to keep the bottom of your dress as dry as possible until after you’re done. But after the most important pictures are taken, don’t give it another thought and enjoy! There are some incredible dry cleaning services that can often make the dress look good as new afterwards.
  • Take advantage of a beautiful backdrop for pictures. Cloudy, rainy weather can create truly dreamy photography. If you can, venture outside for a bit to take advantage of it.
  • Have fun! Dancing in the rain is a blast.

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