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How to Embrace Bad Weather on your Wedding Day

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Bride and groom walking down deck right after a rain
📷 Miranda Renee Photography

Plan for the weather to be terrible on your wedding day. What on earth did I just say??? You read that correct, plan for the worst and hope for the best. Bad weather can rain on your parade..err...I mean your wedding day. Be prepared ahead of time so that foul weather has less of a chance to be foul.

Have a back up plan

First of all, are you planning to have an outdoor ceremony? It's critical to have a back up plan if Mother Nature decides to water you and your guests that day. When choosing a venue, don't forget to ask if the venue has a backup plan in the unfortunate event of bad weather. Will the ceremony be moved to another location on the property? Make sure to also check with your venue if there will be an extra cost if a room flip is involved with the rain plan.


Bad weather also has a huge impact on photography. You may have planned on a spectacular outdoor photoshoot, but 2 inches of rain in the forecast says differently. Again, when choosing a venue, look for other photo opportunities indoors. If the weather is off and on rain that allows for some quick outdoor pictures before the next round sets in, make sure you bring a blanket to sit on. And if you're a bit of the more adventurous type? Get out in the rain! We've seen some amazing pictures captured because the couple was willing to get a little wet. You might also want to consider purchasing some rain accessories. Clear umbrellas are a very popular option as are a cute pair of rain boots.

Severe weather

Last, but certainly not least, in the unlikely event of severe weather (such as tornado warnings) hampers your wedding day, its always best to know ahead of time if the venue you have chosen has a storm shelter. If so, how many people can it hold? Bad weather can pop up in a few minutes, so its best to stay ahead of the game and get a weather app that will alert you of any severe weather alerts, watches, or warnings. Knowing what's headed your way can be a real lifesaver.

Sometimes we feel like that insurance commercial saying they know a thing or two because they've seen a thing or two. Well, over the years we can say that a 20% chance of rain can turn into a downpour that lasts for hours. So yeah, we've seen a thing or two.

I know these are things that nobody likes to think about, but if you are properly prepared, weather is less likely to cause unneeded worry or stress on your wedding day.

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