What to Do If It Rains on Your Wedding Day
It’s not ideal, but you’ll survive (we promise).
Whether a drizzle or a downpour, rain is no reason to give up hope on your wedding day. Stormy weather is nobody’s ideal wedding forecast, but unfortunately, it’s out of your hands. Prepping for a rainy wedding day in advance (including checking out our shopping list) will save you a headache in the future.
Any couple having an outdoor wedding ceremony should confirm a weather backup plan at their venue, whether it’s an indoor room, a covered outdoor area or a last-minute tent setup. That way, if the forecast spontaneously calls for rain on your wedding day, you’ll have something to fall back on—and no reason to panic. However, if you forgot to make a plan from the start, here’s how to pull off a fabulous affair no matter what.
Talk to Your Venue
You planned an outdoor wedding, but your only weather prep was crossing your fingers and praying to the rain gods—now it’s supposed to rain on your wedding day. Call your venue coordinator, or put them in touch with your wedding planner, and find out your options.
Get ready to roll with the punches and welcome the weather—rain on your wedding day is actually good luck! If the rain brings wind and chilly temperatures too, arrange for heat lamps, offer blankets and make sure there’s plenty of hot coffee, tea, cider or cocoa. Provide enough umbrellas and rain boots for your guests—or, at the very least, for your wedding party. Plan a playful rainy photo session with your wedding party holding cute umbrellas and wearing colorful rain boots. Or sneak away with your soon-to-be spouse for a first look and romantic kiss under a shared umbrella.