You likely picked your wedding date around a year prior to your wedding and have put time, energy, and money into your big day. So what do you do to make sure that rain doesn’t wash out your wedding day? Fortunately, with a little preparation, you can make sure you’re prepared to still have a picture-perfect day, even if the forecast the day before your wedding calls for a storm.
Make Sure Your Vendors Can Adapt
As you’re planning your wedding, you’ll want to make sure that your vendors are comfortable adapting to a rainy day. Does your DJ have any concerns about their sound equipment? Your florist might alter their plans for your wedding decorations if it rains; make sure that you are happy with their alternative plans before they have to be implemented so you don’t get any unwanted surprises. Your hairstylist may suggest an alternative style that will look more romantic if it ends up being tousled by the wind instead of a sleek updo. One of the best ways to make the most of your rainy wedding day is to not be taken by surprise!
Talk About It With Your Photographer
While you’ll want to talk to all of your vendors, you’ll want to talk to your photographer in particular about their rainy day contingencies. It’s a great idea to walk around your venue together prior to the wedding to choose photo locations in general — make sure to have some plans in mind for rain. Also talk to your photographer to see if they’re comfortable shooting in the rain. Rainy, gray days can lead to romantic, misty wedding photos that some couples adore; if that’s something you’re interested in, see how comfortable your photographer is shooting in the wind and rain.
Have A Rain Plan
If you choose an outdoor wedding venue, you should speak with your wedding venue about their rainy day contingencies. They may have an alternative indoor ceremony and reception location for you and your guests to enjoy. Talk with them about the logistics: how quickly can it be set up? If it suddenly starts raining, will the venue be able to move your guests inside mid-reception?
If your venue doesn’t have a separate indoor space for you to utilize, you will likely want to rent a tent that will protect your guests from the element. Ideally the tent will come with a dance floor to keep your guests off of muddy grass. You will also want the tent to have walls to protect your guests from any wind that the rain may bring with it.
Make Sure Your Guests Are Comfortable
As prepared as you might be, there’s a fair chance that your guests might get caught in the rain. If you’re currently looking at the forecast and it’s predicting rain for your wedding day, there are some things you can provide to make sure that your guests are comfortable! Towels will definitely be appreciated by any guests who unexpectedly get caught in the rain. Blow dryers will also come in handy and can even help your guests dry their clothes in addition to their hair. You may also wish to provide blankets and shawls in your wedding colors. Rainy, windy days tend to bring colder temperatures and even if your guests manage to stay dry, they may want to get cozy with a warm blanket! A little extra preparation can go a long way to make your rainy day more magical for your guests!
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