Your wedding day is approaching, you’re anxiously checking the forecast and it just shows rain for days and days. Though we can’t change the weather (wouldn’t that be amazing?!) there are some ways you can be proactive and make the best of rain on your wedding day. After all, isn’t it known to be good luck? 😊
- Make sure your venue has a backup plan for inclement weather! This is the most important piece of advice I can give. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, is there an indoor space you can use just in case it’s pouring? If you’re planning an outdoor reception under the stars, it’s a great idea to have tents rented or reserved just in case they are needed, especially in this crazy weather we have in Florida! You truly just never know what it’s going to do. Discuss the backup plan with the venue coordinator before signing the contract. Make sure you’re going to be okay with the backup plan just in case you have to use it. Some venues include a plan B location in the contracted price, and others don’t, so you’ll need to make sure you are fully aware of their policy.
- Choosing a venue with covered porches and awnings gives you extra insurance for beautiful portraits that can still be taken outside in natural light. It was raining during this couple’s first look and wedding day, but the large covered porches at Havana Springs Resort allowed us to still take beautiful portraits outdoors!
- Embrace the umbrella! If it’s just sprinkling or a light rain, we can embrace it and use clear bubble umbrellas for some portraits! May as well make the best of it, and they add a fun addition to your portraits to help tell the story of the day! Some of my favorite images are from rainy wedding days. A good rule of thumb is having one clear bubble umbrella for every two or three people in the bridal party.
- Don’t be afraid to get your dress a little wet or dirty. I know this is a hard one, but it truly is inevitable! Even on the sunniest of days, just walking outside you will get some dirt on it. Long after the day is gone, the one thing you will have to look back on are the portraits from your wedding day. Choose to get the dress cleaned afterwards, and don’t let a little dirt keep you from capturing amazing portraits. It’s so worth it.
- Have a spare pair of shoes! Just in case yours get soaked, you’ll have a dry and clean pair to change into.
- No matter what the weather brings, remember that it doesn’t change the fact that you are MARRYING THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! That is truly all that matters. Don’t get caught up in the emotions of what you can’t change. Embrace it, and enjoy your day- it passes so quickly! Guests will follow your lead with emotion. If you’re upset and stressed, it will likely be contagious. If you embrace it and just make the best of it and have fun, they will too!
Elle and Jared are the perfect example of why Tip #6 is the most important! A pop up thunderstorm (after the sunniest, perfect weather wedding ceremony) wouldn’t keep them from celebrating! Their bridesmaids tide up their dresses, they danced through the in puddles!
If you’re preparing for a rainy wedding day, I hope you find these tips helpful! Being proactive and having a rain plan will help you feel more relaxed no matter what the outcome.
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