How To Handle Bad Weather on Your Wedding Day

Let me tell you a story about the weather on my wedding day….

I had it all figured out. I checked the forecast every day starting 3 weeks before my wedding day. In the beginning, October 3rd was supposed to be a warm and sunny twenty-three degrees; but it ended up being a rainy, windy, and a cold nine degrees. During the week leading up to the wedding, the forecast was looking worse and worse, and I was

web1pretty nervous. People kept asking me “did you see the forecast for Saturday?” with a frown. Of course I saw the forecast! I knew it was going to be cold and rainy, but hey, I didn’t have any control over it. I knew I had to make the best of it (it’s supposed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day too!). I just smiled and told them “Yeah, it’s okay though, the wedding is indoors”. Tip: try not to panic. If you are getting married outdoors and the forecast is calling for rain, ask your Venue Coordinator what their back-up plan is. They may be able to move the wedding indoors or to a covered area. If not, there are tons of companies that provide tent rentals.

The thing is that even if your ceremony and reception are indoors, you still have to go outside for travelling and photos.

We opted for a first look photo session and did most of our photos before our ceremony. This gave our photographer some extra time to find good (dry) places to take photos. I went out a few days before the wedding and bought a bunch of umbrellas. Our photographer had one white umbrella for my husband and I, and the wedding party had black umbrellas. Tip: make sure your umbrellas are large enough for two people, and black/white look great in photos.

It was even colder and rainier than I had imagined. Our umbrellas flipped inside out during151003-0364 our wedding party photos, and we were all cold. Tip: take a break and go inside for a few minutes if you have to. You’ll also want to carry an emergency kit with extra bobby pins, in case your hairstyle is starting to loosen.Our photos turned out beautiful, and that’s what you have to remember. In most of the photos my bangs are flying everywhere, but that’s what I love about the pictures…. They have character.

My point here is that no matter what the forecast is calling for, it will be okay. The wedding will go on, and it will still be the happiest day of your life.

Here are some more tips to help you deal with less-than-perfect weather on your wedding day:

  1. Keep your dress off the ground before the ceremony – the last thing you want is your dress to be full of mud in photos. You can have it bustled, or lift it off the ground while you walk.
  2. Make sure you have some extra time in your wedding day schedule for travel, touch-ups, etc.
  3. Bring a towel to dry outdoor surfaces before you sit on them (benches, stairs, etc).
  4. Pashminas or cover-ups can help keep your bridesmaids warm and will double as great gifts.
  5. Carry an emergency kit with extra bobby pins, a comb, and hairspray in case your hair starts to loosen.

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