How to Be Prepared for a Rainy Wedding Day

How to Be Prepared for a Rainy Wedding Day

Planning an outdoor wedding means you have to accept all kinds of nature, including rain. Although you can’t control the weather or how you feel about it, trading vows in the rain with your significant other makes your wedding day an unforgettable moment. At the end of the day, you are getting married to the love of your life, whether it's rain or shine. 

For most, rain might not be ideal, but if planned correctly, it can offer you beautiful, romantic photographs and special memories of your day even greater than you could imagine. 

It’s believed that rain on your wedding day symbolizes good luck, and there to help you embrace any possible showers, we’ve listed some of our best rainy-day wedding tips to share. 


Six Ways to Prepare for a Rainy Wedding Day

1) Rent a Tent

Contact your vendor to see if they have a backup for inclement weather. If you’re already planning on having an outdoor wedding, you can instead rent a tent. While it may be an additional item on your budget, it will keep everyone dry and allow you to have an intimate wedding outdoors. You should be able to find vendors who can provide last-minute services. 

One of the most popular choices to rent is a clear-top tent for an open-air wedding in the rain. The tent provides completely unobstructed views of the skin, and the raindrops make ambient white noise. 

Make sure the tent also has clear sides to protect your guests from wet gusts of wind, and you may want to rent portable heating towers as well to keep your guests comfortable. 

2) Protect Your Dress

If you want outdoor photos, but you don’t want to muddy your expensive wedding dress, consider these options:

  • Purchase or Rent a Bridal Petticoat: A vast array of petticoat styles are available for every wedding dress style. Bridal petticoats lift the hem of the gown ever so slightly to keep it from dragging on the ground and protecting your dress from getting dirty. 
  • Have the Hem of Your Dress Sprayed: You can always spray the hem yourself with something like Scotchguard, but we’d recommend you take it to the dry cleaners to have a professional do it for you.
  • Enlist the Help of the Bridal Party: Ask your maid of honor, bridesmaids, or flower girls to hold your train as you walk to the different photo opp locations. Just remember to bring your umbrella to prevent your hair and makeup from being ruined by the rain. 
  • Opt For a Short Wedding Dress: Finding the perfect wedding dress is every bride’s dream; however, short wedding dresses are becoming a popular choice amongst new brides. They are no doubt versatile and undeniably statement-making. Whether you’re considering wearing a short dress for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or afterparty, a short wedding dress is always a stylish choice to wear, and you don’t have to worry about getting the hem caught in the mud. 

3) Bring Umbrellas

Clear umbrellas are the best props to use in the rain for wedding photos since they won’t obstruct the view or cast a shadow on your face. 

If you want to take pictures outside, an umbrella or two is a must. You may even want to consider giving them out as bridal party gifts for the group shots. Although transparent umbrellas are preferred by photographs, colorful options make for some unique and beautiful photos too. 

4) Inform Your Guests

If the weather forecast predicts there will be rain on your wedding date, your guests will be wondering what to do at your wedding. 

Keep your guests in the loop with an “in case of rain” note in your wedding invitation and update your website with all the necessary information. They will appreciate the heads up and will be able to plan accordingly. 

5) Plan for Rain

Whether the forecast says there will be a light drizzle or heavy downpour, you want to plan your day as if rain is guaranteed. This means going through with your rainy day plan and even investing in wedding insurance to give you a safety net in case the forecast takes a turn for the worse. 

The last thing you’d want on your wedding day is to be stressed because the day cannot go as planned. 

Also, confirm with your vendors to see how they work on a rainy day. It is important to know that you’ve hired a group of professionals that you can trust to deliver a memorable wedding, even in the rain. 

6) Check the Forecast

Keep an eye on the forecast up and until your wedding day. You may find out that it will only rain during certain times of the day. This will allow you to adjust your wedding program accordingly to fit your wedding day plans while also taking into account the weather. 

Rain may not be beauty’s best friend, but you can still look flawless on your wedding day. 

The professionals at Jeanne’s Hair & Makeup Studio are prepared for all types of weather on your special day. We will be able to waterproof your makeup and give you a trendy hairstyle that won’t fall apart from water, wind, or heat.

Visit our website or contact us to schedule your bridal hair and makeup appointment today.