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Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day

Rain on your wedding day is often viewed as a “worst case scenario” – but in our experience, it definitely doesn’t have to be! Putting the right contingency plans in place can ensure your special day goes off without a hitch, no matter what the weather conditions may hold.

If you’re quietly freaking out about a rainy weather forecast, we’re here to put your mind at ease. Read on for our advice on dealing with rain on your wedding day, and some wet weather tips to keep in mind for a seamless celebration.

Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day
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Choose a Wet Weather-Friendly Venue

Having a wet weather Plan B should be front-of-mind as you begin searching for your dream wedding venue. Even if your heart is set on an outdoor wedding, having an undercover option as your back-up plan *just in case* will absolutely put your mind at ease.

Here on the Tweed Coast, we have some incredibly beautiful wedding venues that offer both indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception. Check out our handpicked directory of Tweed Coast wedding venues here!

Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day
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Book a Tent or Marquee

So – your wedding is quickly approaching, you’ve checked the weather forecast, and rain is on the horizon. If you don’t have an undercover option to fall back on, we’d recommend booking a marquee, tipi or tent instead.

Having a back-up option locked in will prevent a whole lot of anxiety leading up to the wedding, giving you peace of mind that your guests will be dry and comfortable. And although a marquee, tipi or tent may not have been your original plan, they’ll definitely make your day feel warm, intimate and romantic. Tip: we’d suggest making room for this in the budget from the very beginning, so you’re not left in a stressful situation closer to the day. You can view our trusted marquee and tent suppliers here!

Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day
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Hire a Wedding Planner

Having a wedding planner by your side means your wet weather Plan B can be executed quickly and flawlessly, without you having to make frantic phone calls or coordinate suppliers. Your wedding planner will be able to communicate updates with your entire team, put your contingency plans in place and ensure your day runs smoothly regardless of rain, hail or shine. You can check out our amazing Tweed Coast wedding planners here.

Organise Clear Umbrellas

Umbrellas are a must for a rainy day wedding! If you’ve decided to provide umbrellas for your guests and bridal party, we’d recommend clear umbrellas. These will look the best in your wedding photos by allowing the light to filter through and working seamlessly with your decor and outfits. Simply set-up an “umbrella station” at the entrance to your wedding venue or ceremony location. You can shop clear umbrellas courtesy of our friends at The Whole Bride here.

Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day
Image by Figtree Wedding Photography

Pack Your Gumboots

Rain on your wedding day might seem like a dampener, but it can actually be a whole lot of fun – yes, really! Embrace the experience by packing a chic pair of gumboots and getting some epic bridal party photos with your photographer. Then, slip back into your party shoes before entering the reception.

Design a Back-Up Plan You Love

No matter what time of year you choose to get married, rain is always going to be a very real possibility. Designing a back-up plan that you genuinely love will help you avoid stress and disappointment on the day. There are so many ways to make an indoor wedding feel special – from scattered candles and indoor fairy lights to lush floral arrangements and neon signage.

Wet Weather Tips: How to Handle Rain on Your Wedding Day
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Embrace The Photo Opportunities

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you that rain can actually be kind of magical on a wedding day! It might not be your ideal situation, but the rain can provide all kinds of opportunities for your wedding photos. So, try to embrace the experience and follow your photographer’s lead. Trust us – you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the end result.

For more inspiration, check out our latest Real Weddings from across the Tweed Coast here!

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