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Wedding day weather plan or rain plan

When you envision your wedding day, do you picture it raining? Of course not! That being said, dare I suggest that a rainy or snowy weather day can still be picture perfect with the proper weather plan? You be the judge based off the photos below! In fact, the majority of photographers prefer some overcast to avoid harsh lighting.

However, you can’t have the perfect rain party without a solid weather plan. No one wants to think about it, but you really do need to brainstorm your weather plan if any element of your wedding day is outdoors. Keep scrolling for some things to keep in mind when dealing with our temperamental east coast weather!

Weather Plan Tips

  • Ask During Your Venue Tours: Start thinking about inclement weather before you’ve officially booked your venue! While you are touring venues, ask them what they do in the event of inclement weather. If you don’t like the back-up plan, don’t pick that venue. You don’t have to love the Plan B as much as the Plan A, but you need to like it!

  • Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour: Also ask about a cocktail hour weather plan on your tour! Many venues will use the same covered space for the ceremony and reception. Your guests will need a dry space to enjoy cocktails in while your vendor team flips the main room from ceremony to reception! This could be an extra room or a covered patio, among other spaces!

  • Research Tent Rental Companies: Keep information about tent rental companies on hand or ask your planner if they can work to secure you a tent, as needed. The tent at this wedding was from Big Top Entertainment. Do note that looking for a tent only 48 hours before your wedding will be a challenge because it’s likely that everyone in your area is doing the exact same. Also, remember that rain doesn’t always fall straight, so it’s a good idea to consider a tent with siding!

Wedding day rain plan
  • Don’t Delay Ironing Out Your Plan: It’s a good rule of thumb to create your Plan B well in advance. Avoid needing to do it the week of your wedding! Your wedding planner should work with you on this as the date draws closer. Go ahead and shoot me a note if you’re reading this and need help planning it out!

  • Watch Your Weather App: Keep an eye on the weather starting 10 days out! Your planner will do this for you if you have one. And no, checking the weather app every hour starting one month out won’t will the weather to cooperate!

  • Make It Fun: Invest in some cute umbrellas and embrace the weather the best you can. Photographers can work magic with rain! Just check out these photos as an example.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Kelley Stinson Photography

Coordination: Amber Justine Events

Floral Design: Palette of Petals

Hair Artist: Hair by Emily Dami

Makeup Artists: Blushtones & Captivating Complexion

Wedding Dress Studio: Studio I Do

Lighting: Stage Right Lighting

Rentals: Big Top Entertainment

Cake & Gelato Cart: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Catering: Catering Concepts, Inc.

Videography: Aerial Illustrations

Wedding day rain plan