When it comes to your wedding you can control a lot of things but you can’t control the weather. When planning outdoor weddings with my clients, I always have a contingency plan for poor weather. The backup plan is as much for the couple being wed as it is for the comfort of their guests.

Select a wedding venue and photographer that knows what to do. Most venues have tents or back up plans in place for almost any scenario and most wedding photographers have shot in the rain. If chances of rain are high based on season or the forecast, have your bridal party covered with matching umbrellas and rubber boots.

When it comes to the comfort of your wedding guests, it is important to plan not only for rain but also for general changes in weather as the day progresses. Blankets, umbrellas and fans can be made into an elegant but functional part of your décor. Similarly, offering shade from sun will serve as shelter should it rain, a fireplace or heat lamp can create a beautiful evening glow while providing heat.

Look on the bright side; if you are expecting sunshine and you wake up to rain, here are some positives:

  • Overly hot days wilt flowers while humidity and cooler temperatures will keep flowers looking fresh.

  • In many cultures, rain on your wedding day is good luck. Even if you don’t believe it, a little good luck never hurt anybody.

  • Cuddles, who doesn’t want to get close under an umbrella? Whether it is drizzle or downpour, rain can be romantic.

  • Ask any photographer; overcast skies offer the best lighting for photos.

Don’t let anything stop you from celebrating!

For ideas on a rainy day wedding check out a few of my favorite links below.

24 Couples Who Absolutely Nailed Their Rainy Day Wedding

19 Stunning Wedding Photographs in the Rain

6 Tips for (Gracefully) Handling Rain on Your Wedding Day