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6 Outdoor Wedding Rain Plan Ideas to Save the Day

Picture this. You’re getting married, and you are so excited to have a perfect day! But then – there is rain forecasted. What do you do? Wedding day rain plans can be stressful. It’s impossible to predict the weather far in advance because – unfortunately – there is always the possibility of a rain forecast. For wedding day plans you need to prepare for any type of precipitation (rain, sleet, snow, or hail). Here are our outdoor wedding rain plan ideas on how to prepare for poor weather on your rainy wedding day.

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We have many outdoor wedding rain plan ideas for you! Photo: Ahmed Saffu

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Outdoor Wedding Rain Plan Ideas

There are wedding day superstitions, and many brides worry about there being rain on wedding day. Good luck is supposedly in order for the couples who have a rainy wedding, right? Many brides ask themselves, “Will it rain on my wedding day?” Of course, there is no way to predict that far into the future. Considering alternate outdoor wedding rain plan ideas is always a good thing to do.

Ask your venue if they have preparations for last-minute rain.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies need to have a backup plan. Your venue can offer suggestions on what to do if there is a rain forecast for wedding days. Make sure you immediately communicate with your venue about their weather-related wedding backup plan.

If the venue holds outdoor events, they typically have accommodations for poor weather. Some venues will offer alternate indoor accommodations and others might provide a tent or other rain protection. For outdoor wedding ceremonies, make sure that you are comfortable with last-minute indoor accommodations. Also negotiate any charges incurred for moving your event inside in case of a rainy wedding.

Tents are ideal rain protection for outdoor wedding spaces.

DIY weddings are often outdoors. Consider keeping a tent up no matter what the weather is as there could be rain on wedding day. Tips for tents is that they protect from extreme heat, cold, and the sun as these weather conditions may not be comfortable for guests. Tents can be beautifully decorated, whether extravagant or simple, and they will protect everyone from the elements.

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Rainy wedding? Use umbrellas but also consider wedding rain ponchos. Photo: Rainer Ridao

Buy supplies for your wedding day rain plans.

Depending on where you live and the season you are in, you may want to be prepared beyond umbrellas. Some places may become very humid or cold. You should make sure your guests are comfortable during a rainy wedding. You can also use these as favors if your climate favors rain! And many guests may not be prepared for – or may not know what to wear on – a rainy day wedding.

  • Flip-Flops – This might sound silly because people will get their feet wet as flip-flops are not the typical rainy outdoor wedding guest attire. Consider those guests who are wearing heels. If your backup plan is under a tent, the ground may become very soft and heels will begin to sink. A rainy wedding day may put your guests underwater without proper footwear.
  • Blankets – Especially for young and senior guests, providing blankets is a very kind gesture if your wedding begins to cool off when rain arrives. Blankets can seem expensive, but there are plenty of wholesale options that are cost-effective.
  • Towels – Keeping towels in a covered area will help guests if their seats were wet or their shoes become slippery. Make sure that you don’t leave towels on chairs so they don’t become rained on. Towels are essential if there is last minute rain. Outdoor wedding guests can get soaked quickly if a shower pops up.
  • Ponchos – Wedding rain ponchos are fairly inexpensive, and they can be great rain protection for outdoor weddings. Set them out in a cute basket or have a designated guest hand them out. They may not be everyone’s favorite rainy outdoor wedding guest attire, but they can be considered en vogue as what to wear on a rainy day wedding if it will keep everyone dry!

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A rainy wedding is good luck according to wedding day superstitions. Photo: Ryoji Iwata

Consider options for alternate parking for a rainy wedding.

Alternate parking is an option that is often overlooked but could be one of the most important backup plans when it rains. If your parking will be situated in a field, make sure there will be a parking lot or garage available if it rains. In some terrains, cars will get stuck in the mud and couples can be liable for damages depending on their venue’s contract. For vehicles, you definitely need an outdoor wedding rain plan. Ideas can also come from your venue or planner on what to do last minute.

When to make the call about wedding day rain plans.

When to make the call on implementing rain plans is one of the most tricky questions that are asked by couples in case of last-minute rain. Outdoor wedding vendors may ask for 1-day notice and others will let you wait until 30 minutes before your ceremony or reception. Make sure you (or your coordinator) negotiate with all of your vendors to decide when is best for everyone to make the call on rainy wedding plans. If chairs need to be moved inside or to another location entirely, your vendors are going to need to take the time to make those changes.

Start singing in the rain.

The last piece of advice is to not be blue if the sky turns grey. In other words, don’t stress over a rain forecast for wedding days. Plenty of couples have had beautiful celebrations with rain on their wedding day, meaning – just don’t stress! Preparation will put your mind at ease if there is rain on the horizon. No matter what the weather brings, you will have a fabulous day by implementing these wedding rain plan ideas. Hopefully, you’ll have a beautiful, sunny day!

Alli is a wedding coordinator and marketing manager in Upstate NY. When she is not planning events, she is often tending to her large collection of plants.

 

  • Kristin Taylor - Ahhhh it was so nerve-wracking in April when I got married in Southern California. It was supposed to rain until 3 days before our wedding, and I was so worried it would happen but then it cleared up. I’m sure these tips will come in handy for someone not as lucky!

  • Jennifer - Oh my! You were lucky. So glad it turned out beautifully!!

  • Candace Hampton - This is so important. We can’t control the weather, so it’s important to have a backup plan. I asked my coordinator if they had a plan b and they did. Right before the wedding started raining, but fortunately, I didn’t have to use the plan b. Thanks for the tips!

  • Erin - I opted for indoors bc I was petrified of rain. These ideas are so good. I always love wedding photos when it’s raining too, they look so good.

  • Jennifer - So glad your day turned out perfectly!

  • Julia Comil - Rain during a wedding is definitely not pleasant so I love all these tips to make the best of it!

  • Nicole Flint - These are really great tips! It’s always great to have a backup plan!

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