Here on The East Coast many couples often chose to have at least some part of their wedding day to be outside. From a beautiful lakefront ceremony to a cocktail hour on the terrace, many couples choose to have our breathtaking landscape as the backdrop for their special day.
In true East Coast fashion, a dear friend of mine opted to have an outdoor ceremony. What started as a picture perfect sunny day quickly turned into a downpour scene just as, you guessed it, they were about to walk down the aisle. We all know Mother Nature is fickle and can serve up just about any kind of weather on any given day. Everything will be OK if you are prepared. Here are 10 tips that are Instagram worthy for planning for potential rain on your wedding day!
1. Have a Back-Up Plan
This is a no-brainer. If you are having anything outdoors PLEASE have a back-up plan. You will want to think of a Plan B from the very beginning of the planning process. Imagine both scenarios in your heads as you plan, and don’t just daydream about the sunny day. That way, if it does rain, you’ll be mentally ready for the rain and you’ll know exactly what to do. That may mean moving indoors for your ceremony. A tent company on standby. Make sure you have options if it looks like it won’t be the forecast you hoped for.
2. Discuss Options With Your Photographer
When it comes to rain on your wedding day, what it impacts the most will be your wedding photos. Naturally, this means you should discuss options with your photographer. Make sure to ask your photographer if they know what to do in case it rains. Do they have indoor options you can consider in case it rains? Are there outdoor areas that have some coverage in case it drizzles? Look for locations to shoot under prior to the wedding. Locations to look for prior to the wedding would be a balcony, barn, or even gazebo to photograph under. Try to make sure there is a lot of natural light and as much white as possible to bounce light.
3. First Look
Speaking of photos, deciding to do the first look on your wedding day is one of the best options to ensure you get great photos on your wedding day. If it does happen to rain on your wedding, you now have two windows of opportunity to photograph, before the ceremony and during the cocktails where hopefully the rain slows down or fingers crossed even stops.
4. Find Some Cute Rainboots
Matching rainboots for you and your bridesmaids will be adorable and practical if it does end up raining. They may make a nice gift for your bridesmaids and can get you through the rain in style. If it doesn’t end up raining, you can always return them back to the store but great to have on hand in case it is a heavy rain.
5. Invest in White or Clear Umbrellas
Investing in white or clear umbrellas in case in rains is great for wedding photos. You may have your own preference but check with your photographer to see which they prefer to shoot with. Some photographers love the look of the clear umbrellas while others prefer the white umbrellas to create a softer feel for photographs. Get a matching set for your wedding party, and maybe a special one for just you and your groom. If it doesn’t end up raining, you can always return them or use them as a nice prop for photos.
6. Bring Towels
If it rains, naturally it will be wet. This means your feet and dress will get wet. Stay dry and help your wedding party stay dry with some towels on hand. It will be especially useful to have towels on hand to wipe down park benches or other areas that you may want to sit down or lean against for photos.
7. Think Of Everyone Involved
If your ceremony is outdoors, are your guests going to have wet bottoms from the wet chairs? Make sure to have someone wipe them off or buy cheap, clear plastic tarps. If the forecast is iffy tarps are a quick cover-up for anything you wouldn’t want to get wet. If the forecast is calling for rain for an hour before your ceremony then clearing to sunny- cover all your chairs, aisle and flowers with plastic then right before your ceremony pull it off and you’ll have yourself a dry place for yourselves and your guests. If there any area that is going to get muddy if it rains? For next to nothing you can use hay to spread over an area outside. The hay will soak up the water and keep your feet, and your guest’s feet happy and dry!
8. Waterproof Hair and Make-Up
On a rainy day, your hair and makeup are vulnerable. Rely on the professionals to keep you looking your best all day. If your makeup artist is able to, book her for a few extra hours so that she can touch you up. Using waterproof/water resistant makeup is a given. For your hair, now is a great time to rock a gorgeous up-do. A chic chignon or bun will keep your hair from getting frizzy. If wearing your hair down is a must for you, opt to have a style you can take from up to down or wear it half up and half down.
9. Use Professionals and Trust Them!
Professionals will all know exactly what to do and have dealt with rain on a wedding day before. If you need a last minute tent they have the owner of a tent company on speed dial, if a fierce storm rolls in and the power goes out they are all over. This is the reason to hire a wedding planner/coordinator. They have you covered! They can make those last minute calls that need to be made and deliver the day of your dreams. You just have to show up in your cute rain gear and enjoy your time because they have your back.
10. Go With The Flow
Wedding days rarely run perfectly as planned. It might be a drag to have rain on your wedding day, but at least it will make for a story to tell! As with anything related to your wedding- go with the flow and enjoy the day! The important thing is you will be getting married with your closest family and friends. It will be a fantastic celebration no matter the forecast.
As for my friend’s wedding day? The rain finally stopped, they got hitched, and they were blessed with the most gorgeous rainbow to mark the beginning of their beautiful life together. What appeared to be a disaster initially turned out to be something so beautiful and memorable!
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Feature Image: Philip Boudreau Photography