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I know you’re worried about rain on your wedding day. It’s ok. I am, too! I am planning a wedding in a gorgeous park overlooking the river. Of course I’ll be bummed if we have to move it inside.
However, a rainy day won’t be as bad as what you’re making it out to be. Overcast skies are great for creating vibrant colors, and it’s still possible to get some portraits outdoors despite the rain.
I know no one wishes for rain on their big day but if it happens, it happens….. and everything is going to be ok! Some of my favorite weddings have been on rainy wedding days. Here are some reasons your day will still be amazing even without the blue skies.
Here are a few things to consider…
1. Gorgeous natural light portraits on a rainy wedding day can easily be accomplished on a porch or covered area.
2. Let your photographer worry about the pictures. You have enough to think about. If there is a chance of rain, they’ll do some extra scouting to find a covered location to use for you first look, romantic portraits and bridal party portraits.
2. Take it one step at a time. Don’t think about your entire day and what will happen if it rains. That will only overwhelm you! Let your vendors do the work of handling the rest of the day if rain is in the forecast.
3. Have a backup plan. Make sure if you are planning for an outdoor ceremony there is a nearby indoor location that you can reserve as a “just in case” plan. For example, I am getting married next fall in the park outside of the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, but the hotel is letting us have access to a room inside for no charge in case it rains since we are having our reception there.
4. Embrace the rain- you’ll have amazing stories to tell. Your wedding day will be full of memorable moments that you’ll tell for years to come. Rain on your wedding day could be a fun anecdote about your wedding and create awesome memories.
5. Be flexible with your timeline. Create a lot of extra buffer time throughout the day in case the rain delays your schedule a little bit for photos or your ceremony.
6. Consider a “day-of” coordinator. Having someone there on your side to keep track of all of the moving parts will be a huge stress relief for you. The vendors who are wondering about the rainy weather adjustments will have someone to discuss plan B with other than you so you can relax and enjoy your day!
7. Rainy days provide dreamy photos with soft light. And rainy days are romantic. You can cuddle with your new husband under an umbrella for some sweet photos. Think ahead and bring along some matching umbrellas and cute rain boots for your wedding party.
8. Try to stay calm! If you’re stressed, you guests will feel it and be stressed. If you laugh it off and enjoy the day, your joy will be contagious and everyone will have an amazing time!