How To Make The Most Of Rain On Your Wedding Day

March 10, 2015 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings

No bride wants it to rain on her wedding day, but it does happen. But you don’t have to let bad weather put a damper on your big day. In fact, rain can actually be a blessing for a bride and groom (trust us). Instead of worrying about something that is completely out of control, find out how to use the rain to your advantage.

Remember, it’s good luck (really!). No, that’s not just something guests say to make the bride feel better! In some cultures, rain is actually considered good luck for a marriage, signifying fertility and a long lasting marriage.

Use some cool props. From colorful rain boots to stylish umbrellas, the rain can be an excuse to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding day look. Be sure to bring a few options with you so you can create a few different looks throughout the day.

Give guests a useful favor. Speaking of umbrellas, you can give your guests something they’ll actually use–at the wedding and beyond–by giving out umbrellas at your wedding. You can buy them in bulk at

Take romantic photos. If you’ve been on Pinterest (and we know you have), you can see firsthand how dramatic, romantic and utterly amazing wedding photos in the rain can be. It’s also important to remember that photographers actually prefer overcast weather for lighting, so a cloudy day is better than sunny in order to get gorgeous wedding shots.

Create a cozy atmosphere. Is there anything better than cuddling up on a rainy day? On a wet fall or winter day, it’s easy to create a warm and cozy setting at your reception. Think a roaring fire in your venue’s lobby, a hot chocolate bar or handing out cozy blankets as wedding favors.

Let it cool everything off. The rain can be a welcome guest during the summer if it’s especially hot outside.

Have a sense of humor. Instead of obsessing over something you have no control over, have fun with it. Colin Cowie recommends switch your signature cocktail last-minute from a mojito to a Dark and Stormy or change your ceremony’s recessional song to Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.

For more wedding advice, check out 6 things brides forget to do at the reception, 12 ceremony shots your photographer must capture and 11 must-try seating chart tips.

[Photo: Ryan Ray Photography]





Linda DiProperzio is a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.

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