It doesn’t matter how much planning and preparation you put in, sometimes it just rains – and sadly the weather has no regard for your wedding plans. But don’t let a chance of rain get you down! Water falling from the sky won’t change how much you love your future spouse, or how much your family and friends love you – and it doesn’t have to be stressful or uncomfortable. You just need to be ready for it – and I can help with that with this video (above) and blog post (read on!)
Before the day
If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, plan a wet weather backup location. Check if your reception venue will allow you to use their space, and in case of a light but doable drizzle, source some umbrellas for your guests. Clear or white umbrellas are the best option for the bridal party since they’ll let the light through and onto your faces – you can pick them up very cheaply on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane from Daiso stores, and I keep a stash in my car too, just in case.
If you’re open to an updo, consider a wet weather hair backup too. Frizz and destroyed curls are the last thing you need to deal with on the day!
Keep an eye on the forecasts and rain radars. When you’re checking quite far in advance, it’s likely the forecast will change, but by the week of the wedding it should be pretty accurate and give you a good idea of what to expect. Make sure everyone who needs to know is aware of the wet weather plan B – your venue coordinators, event stylists, celebrant, photographer, videographer, florist, and most of all your guests.
Pack an in-case-of-rain kit with a towel, umbrella and gumboots for yourself so you can just grab it on your way out the door if you think you might need it. Make sure your umbrella is big enough to cover your dress! If you have a lot of layers or a long train you might want to consider a big beach umbrella to get you from the house/hotel to the car, and then the car to the aisle.
On the day
Don’t stress. If you have a contingency plan in place, you already know what to do and it will be simple enough to enact it. If the weather’s looking ambiguous, set a deadline – the absolute latest time you can decide whether to go to plan B or not, and still have enough time to inform everyone and for your vendors/helpers to set up the ceremony at the new location. By all means monitor the rain radar, but don’t be too obsessive if you can help it. You need to be as present in each moment of the day as you can, so don’t miss it because you were glued to your phone to watch the weather.
They say a rainy wedding day is good luck, with rain being a symbol of fertility and cleansing. It’s definitely lucky if you’re a fan of dramatic photos with sweeping stormy skies! Plus, a bit of cloud cover generally makes for very even light from the sky as the clouds diffuse the sunlight, which means your skin will look great too.
Don’t be afraid to get a little bit wet! If it rains on your wedding day, you’ll have way more fun embracing it and getting a bit soggy than if you’re worried about staying under shelter. Umbrellas can be a really cute prop, but won’t keep you totally dry – and some great photo opportunities are only available to you if you get out there in it. It will be an accurate representation of your day – there’s no point pretending it didn’t rain, right? Most professional grade cameras are weather sealed, which means they can stand up to a bit of water!
Be open to unusual suggestions from your photographer. Multi-story car parks, hotel lobbies and cafes can make beautiful, unusual and unique photo backdrops that will get you out of the rain if it’s looking too heavy to be practical.