If you’ve taken a look at the weather forecast and it’s looking wet, you’re probably thinking “Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” We’re here to tell you that while you can’t control the weather, you can make the most of it! If you’re wondering what to do if it rains on your wedding day, we’ve got you covered (pardon the pun).

Do: Have a Plan B

If you have planned a beautiful outdoor wedding, be sure to have Plan B. If you live in a particularly wet location (UK couples, we’re looking at you) we recommend checking the weather forecast in the weeks leading up to the Big Day. If there’s even a hint that it’ll rain on or just before your wedding day, start getting your Plan B sorted.

Check if your venue has an indoor or covered area for your ceremony and if not, hire a marquee!

Don’t: Forget the umbrellas

In addition to your Plan B, have lots of umbrellas available. You could think ahead and have cute, matching umbrellas but anything will do! Store your umbrellas in cute baskets all over the venue for guests to pick up when needed.

Keep the extra large ones for yourselves. They’ll come in handy when you’re trying to keep your wedding dress dry!

Do: Cuddle up

Rainy weather is the perfect excuse to grab a blanket and get cosy with your new spouse. Make the most of the chilly weather and cuddle up. It’ll make for a romantic moment and a sweet photo op.

Don’t: Forget about the walkways

Make sure all walking routes into the venue are clear and safe for guests to run into without slipping. If you’ve hired a marquee, you may want to get a slip-free surface so guests don’t have to walk on the wet grass. Get lots of mats at entrances so everybody can wipe their feet.

Do: Waterproof yourself

Invest in a pair of wellies, a waterproof coat (something that will actually cover up your dress) and get in touch with your hair stylist and makeup artist. Find out if there’s a way to waterproof your hair and makeup so you aren’t frizzy and smudged.

Don’t: Forget about the drinks

You may want to rethink your iced cocktails and serve something cosy and warm instead. Hire a coffee van, organise some festive mulled wine or offer hot chocolate to guests! They’ll thank you.

Do: Think creatively about photos

If you’re up for it, embrace the rain and get some one-of-a-kind wedding photos! Put on your wellies so you don’t get wet feet, grab an umbrella and get outside. If there are no outdoor photo opportunities, or you’re in the middle of a storm, find some cute indoor photo locations. And absolute worst case scenario: arrange another day to get dressed up again and take wedding portraits with your photographer.

Don’t: Panic

We know it’s easier said than done, but the reality is that there’s nothing you can do to prevent or stop the rain from coming. Rather, embrace it and look at the positive side!

Here are some benefits to having a fabulous rainy wedding:

  • Unique wedding photo opportunities if you’re up for it!
  • The flowers will last longer.
  • When the rain stops, the rainbows will come.
  • In some cultures, it’s considered good luck.