The day is perfectly planned. The decorations are ready to go and the all of the RSVP’s have been turned in to your caterer. Your dress is perfectly altered and hanging in your best friends closet across town so that your fiance won’t accidentally catch a glimpse. And then you see it. Rain in the forecast. Inclement weather on your wedding day is a big fear for most brides, and with good reason! So, what do you do? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Here are my best 5 tips for rain on your wedding day!
5.) Clear Umbrellas for Your Crew
If rain is inviting yourself to your big day, it’s a good idea to grab a few clear umbrellas for you and the bridal party ahead of time just in case! A clear umbrella from Target or Walmart can set you back about $20 each. But there are some great deals on Amazon!
4.) A Clear Shower Curtain for Under Your Dress
Alright, I know this one sounds silly. But trust me, it works! If you’re worried about mud on your dress simply step on the clear shower curtain and tuck the excess under the rest of the skirt. Sadly this trick does not work as great on form fitting gowns, but can still be helpful if you are hoping to do any seated poses.
3.) Protect Your Shoes
Rain on a wedding day can lead to all kinds of issues, but mud is the worst! Because of this, you might be thinking about your shoes! If you are worried about getting your shoes muddy, you might consider buying a fun pair of rubber boots in your wedding colors so that you don’t have to dash between puddles. Another great accessory for rainy day weddings are heel protectors that will keep your heels from digging into the soft ground. Grab a pair for you and each of your bridesmaids!
2.) Have a Backup Location
It’s always a good idea to chat with your photographer ahead of time to make a game plan for your portrait locations before the wedding day. Doing this ahead of time will save you a lot of stress on the big day! Depending on the severity of the weather, you might even be able to use a porch or overhang. As long as you have coverage for everyone, you can still get beautifully naturally lit images!
1.) Share a First Look Before Your Ceremony
This one might not seem to be super related to rain on your wedding day, but I promise you it is! Sharing a first look before your ceremony gives you way more flexibility. For example, if your wedding ceremony is at 4:30pm and a giant storm cell moves in at 4:00pm and hangs around until well after sunset, your options for photos become very limited. However, if you have a first look prior to the ceremony, you can move the timeline around to accommodate for incoming rain. You can get your portraits taken care of earlier in the day and if the rain does end up clearing up, anything other portraits you might get are a bonus!