So … you’ve planned the wedding of your dreams, outdoors,  in a traditionally warmer month, to maximise your chances of fabulous weather and doing your utmost to avoid the “R” word. Rain.

 

Rain on your wedding day

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Just remember – You can plan for most anything on your wedding day – but a day without rain is not one of them.

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

                                                        Photo Credit: Me

 

It’s natural for couples who plan for their wedding ceremony outdoors, to be wary of the chance that the weather could ‘dampen’ their big day. But I’m here to tell you –  don’t let it!

 

It’s vital that when you book your wedding venue, you check out their wet weather options and always have a plan B – and make sure you like it! Having an alternative plan that does not appeal to you at the time of booking will not get better with time. 

 

Here are some questions that might just be useful to keep in the back of your mind when the weather looks like it may change your outdoor ceremony plans ….

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

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Do we need to hire marquees? 

 

Are there restrictions where the ceremony is to be held?

 

Do we need umbrellas? What colour? Clear, black, coloured?

 

What wet weather stipulations are noted in your vendor contracts?

 

Does your celebrant have a PA System? Are you having live musicians with cords, cables and electricity that would pose OH&S safety concerns, not too mention ruin expensive equipment?

Are they playing stringed instruments that need to be protected from the elements?

 

Will floral arrangements and glass vases need moving? 

 

The important thing to know is that you’ve hired a group of professionals – work with them and ask questions!

 

If you have to make any changes to the start time of the wedding or even the location because of the rain, be sure to alert your guests.  Have nominated people to do this for you, have a closed wedding Facebook page for guests or some other means of letting them know when and where to arrive. 

 

 

My very best tip for a rainy wedding is to just embrace it! When you plan an outdoor wedding you have to accept that no matter what time of year, you cannot control the weather – but you can control how you feel about it and how you roll with it. 

 

Sure – rain may not be ideal- but it will still be the most magical day of your life. It can offer you amazing clouds, umbrellas, warm cuddles, laughter and a story to tell for years to come  – not too mention fabulous candid shots like these… 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: Aria Photography

 

 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: White Rabbit Productions

 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: t-oneimage

 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: t-oneimage

 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: Beherebenow Photos & Films

 

The goal of a wedding is to get married — and that will still happen – no matter what!

 

 

 

Rain on your wedding day

Photo Credit: Beherebenow Photos & Films

 

Not everything can go according to the best laid plans. At the end of the day, you’re still going to get married to the love of your life – rain, hail or shine – and I promise I’ll still be there, holding the umbrella!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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