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Oh No! It's Going to Rain


You chose the perfect date for your big day months ago - now the forecast is calling for rain.  Is your marriage doomed if you get married in the rain?  Should you just postpone the entire affair? 

Don't worry!  A rainy wedding day isn't an omen of pending disaster and a little rain or a thunderstorm will definitely not ruin your special day as long as you're prepared.  In fact, rain showers and summer storms can be rather romantic. 

Outdoor Weddings and Receptions

Outdoor events require a bit more planning and preparation than indoor weddings.  The most important thing is to have a backup plan in the case of rain.  An indoor location that is nearby would be an ideal alternative.  If you're renting an outdoor facility, discuss their policies for rain and decide where your ceremony or reception will take place if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate. 

Think mobile when you choose your decorations and seating for an outdoor wedding.  You should be able to relocate as quickly as possible in the case of rain.  Use folding chairs rather than interlocking seating and make sure your guests and your vendors are aware of alternate locations should the rain start.  Canopies or tents are another option for an outdoor wedding or reception caught in the rain.  

Surviving the Rain Indoors and Out

A rainy day wedding isn't quite as disastrous when your event takes place indoors.  You'll still want to protect your hair, your makeup, and your dress from the elements and take any precautions you can to make your guests feel comfortable.

The following tips should help you save your special day:

  • Use garment bags or oversized garbage bags to transport your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.

  • Create a space in your ceremony location for dressing rooms if you haven't already.

  • Protect your hair with a loose plastic covering and consider a super hold hairspray to prevent frizzing and flopping.

  • Plastic wrap will keep your bouquet from becoming drenched.

  • Be sure to set up ample space for umbrella storage for your guests.

  • Pack a waterproof bag with cosmetics and hair supplies for bridal party touch ups.

  • Bring along a second pair of shoes to avoid ruining yours as you travel from the ceremony to the reception hall.

If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate on your wedding day, it's not the end of the world.  Prepare early for the chance of rain on your big day and remember that umbrellas are lifesavers when things aren't as sunny as you hoped.  Even with the rain, your wedding day will be perfect if you're prepared!

Last Updated: October 10, 2013 at 1:15 am
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