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Tips for Limiting Stress When It Rains on Your Wedding Day | For Brides

A wedding day is stressful enough, but add into it crazy weather, and it can take things from crazy, to straight-jacket status real quick! There’s nothing worse than planning your wedding day to be perfect, and Mother Nature deciding to put her own take on the day. They do say that rain is supposed to be good luck on your wedding day, but that doesn’t make things any easier. What does, are these tips for limiting stress when it rains on your wedding day!

rains on your wedding day tips

Have A Plan B

Most of the time, if you are planning an outdoor wedding at a venue, they will generally have an indoor area that you could use if needs be. If you don’t have a venue that has that luxury, you can always see about getting tents for shade in the event that it’s not rainy, and then you would have them in the event that it rained instead. It’s always good to have a plan B just in case.


If you know in advance that your wedding day is going to be rainy, then it may be best to invest in umbrellas for not just you, but for your bridal party as well! You can have some fun with them, and you won’t have to worry about everyone looking like a wet dog by the end of the night! It may get a little pricey if you opt into buying some of the nicer umbrellas out there. Keep in mind that you probably are only going to be using them a day, but also that you don’t want the wind to blow them into bits!

Stay Inside

This kind of goes up there with having a plan B, but sometimes that’s not an option. You may have been dreaming about having an outdoor wedding since you were little, but when it comes down to it, are you going to be happy with that? Will you be happy with your wedding pictures if the whole time you are just soaked? My guess is no, so it could just be easier to stay inside if that option is available!

Pad Your Timeline

As a wedding photographer, I know all about having a timeline that doesn’t go according to plan, and on a rainy wedding day, that’s even more true. Sometimes you just have to take what you can get, and use short breaks in between the rain to get the images that you want outside. It’s not always ideal, but for the most part, you can wait 15 minutes for a storm to pass! If it’s just raining all day, that’s not the best option, though.


I think I put this into every “for brides” blog post. The best thing that you can do if your weather goes array on your wedding day is just breathe. It really will be ok. You will still be surrounded by friends and family, you will marry the love of your life, and everything will be ok! 🙂



  1. Jill

    July 5th, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Love these tips! I am wondering if ANYONE didn’t shoot in rain this Saturday but I know we did!!! But- it all ended fine!

  2. michelle

    July 6th, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Such great tips!!! <3 plan B is my favorite! Under crunch time its good to have something to fall back on.

  3. Stella Throop

    July 6th, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Love these tips! I had a snowstorm hanging on the mountains the day I got married (in May) – and didn’t have a backup plan. Having a plan B is essential to eliminating some of the stress on your wedding day!

  4. Raelene

    July 6th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Great advice! Some really great images come from rainy wedding days!

  5. Mahlia

    July 6th, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great tips got a rainy forecast for your wedding day. Embrace the rain ♡

  6. Ashley Durham

    July 6th, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    These are all great tips on limiting stress from rainy wedding days!

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