Some brides spend years dreaming about their wedding day, and most spend several months actually planning it. No matter how hard you work to control each element of your big day, however, there will always be a few factors that elude you—including the weather itself.
Many brides are disappointed to find their big day being rained on—but you don’t have to let the elements dictate the success of your wedding. Even if you’re aiming for an outdoor affair, you can plan for rain contingencies that ensure the day is still every bit as special, every bit as meaningful as it would have been on a dry, sunny afternoon.
As you think about your wedding day rain plan, here are some particular points to consider:
- Most outdoor wedding venues are going to have indoor spaces you can use. The important thing is to make sure you actually see and love that indoor space before you commit to the venue, ensuring that even if it does rain you won’t be too disappointed. Also clarify with the venue coordinator that the indoor space will be available on your wedding day.
- Think about your pictures, too—and make sure the indoor wedding space has a lovely backdrop that offers enough space for formal wedding photos.
- When the big day comes, being decisive is key. Don’t go back and forth on how you want to address the rain. If it seems like the weather is going to be bad all day, then make the call to move the ceremony indoors—and then stick with it.
- Have faith in your vendors. Your florist, photographer, etc. have all worked in the rain and they’ve all had experience moving stuff indoors at the last minute. Don’t fret too much about the vendors; just let them do their job.
- Be prepared. Rain is always a possibility, no matter the season, so buy some matching umbrellas and wellies for your wedding party in advance of the big day. Maybe you won’t need them—but wouldn’t it be nice to have them on hand?
More than anything: Lean into the rain. Embrace it. It’s going to be one of the biggest days of your life, no matter the weather—so why not have fun with it?