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You’re not alone. Couples worry about what the weather will be like for their outdoor weddings all the time. No one want to get stuck with a rainy weather wedding day!
Keeping an eye on the weather report is always a good idea, but you can do a few other things as well.
Wedding Rain Plan
First and foremost, have a wedding rain plan.
Some things to include on your checklist:
- Check the date of your wedding over the past several years using the Farmers Almanac Weather History tool to see if rain is typical on that day. You’ll also have a good feel for other weather trends: hot/cold, windy/calm, humid/dry, etc.
- Haven’t set a wedding date yet? Then find the best non-rainy date for your wedding location using the Predicting The Weather & Weather Insurance Tips . Just enter the zip code, and see average precipitation and temperatures throughout the year.
- Have a backup plan. Find an indoor space to use in the event of rain and check it out thoroughly ahead of time. If it won’t work, then find another space.
- Figure a few bad weather necessities in your wedding budget. Make sure you have some cash on hand for things like flip flops, umbrellas, a tent, towels, etc.
- Accept the inevitable. Just like your marriage isn’t going to be 100% perfect, neither is your wedding day. Your best course of action is to accept the things you cannot change and roll with the punches. Just know that your wedding guests will take their lead from you. So if you’re stressed and not having fun, then they will be stressed and not having fun. Your wedding day is what you make it… rain or shine!
- Talk to your photographer about using colorful rainy day props in your wedding photos. Find a way to make the rain a part of your wedding! Rest assured, professional photographers have no problem taking pictures in the rain. Some even claim that rainy weather creates better pictures!
- Purchase several umbrellas in your wedding colors and have them easily accessible for ushers to assist guests into the venue.
- If you’re using electronics (for a speaker or band), plan ahead of time how to keep the electronics and wiring protected from water.
- Have some pathway options to outdoor wedding sites, in order to avoid walking through mud puddles or soggy soil. (Many women will be wearing heels.)
- Consider placing floor mats at doorways and tent entrances to prevent mud and water from being tracked in.
- Look at the bright side: your flowers and makeup will actually last longer on a rainy day!
If you’re really worried about weather ruining your special day, then you may want to purchase weather insurance.
Rain on your special day can be considered a stroke of luck for several reasons. Rain symbolizes blessings, cleansing, unity, and a new day. In some cultures it is also a symbol of fertility. Due to these positive connotations, a rainy wedding day is very often considered good. Source
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