• Kristyn S: Y'alls Host

6 Ways to Deal With Rain on Your Wedding Day

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Rain is pretty common on every planner's "Day of Disaster List," especially when planning for an outdoor ceremony or reception. There are a few ways that you can handle the weather on your wedding day.

Planning for Rain

You know if you live in an area, or are planning for a season, that gets a lot of rain. But regardless of those factors, if you are planning an outdoor event, you need to account for inclement weather.

First and foremost, have an Indoor Option for your guests to retreat to. When choosing a venue, ensure that there is some form of coverage large enough for everyone plus some electronics.

If you cannot have an indoor option, a rented canopy tent will suffice for light to moderate rain. I highly advise my clients who are planning to have their weddings outdoors to rent a canopy anyway; you can never predict how sunny, rainy, windy, or snowy it's going to be.

For very small guest lists, and pretty short ceremonies, you have the picture-perfect option of buying ponchos or umbrellas in your wedding colors.

Embracing the Rain

There is nothing you can do to change the weather; so, if it rains on your big day, embrace it. They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. It is "water for the love being planted today." Or, depending on whom you ask, rain "wets the knot you tied, making it harder to unravel." Either way, rain is a good thing!

Rain makes for Amazing Wedding Photos

Cloudy skies make vibrant colors show up even brighter than normal. Rain drops caught in a flash turn out great in photos. Those adorably color-matched umbrellas I mentioned are props waiting to happen. Get a rain shield for the photographer's camera and go nuts. You will end up with some stunning results.

If your guests are adventurous, you might even convince them to join you for barefoot rain dancing!

Your wedding is a party, a celebration. Rain is just water gone vertical. Don't let a little water get you down on the happiest day of your life. Your day of coordinator will have plenty of specific advice for how to work with rain on your wedding day.

Peace and Love,

Kristyn S. Harrison

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