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What to do if it Rains on Your Wedding Day

Your wedding is just a few days away and the forecast is predicting rain...every couples worst nightmare (maybe because it's one of the few things you can't control). What you can control is how you prepare for potential rain on your wedding day. Here are some tips and ideas of how to make the most of a rainy wedding day!

First things first, wedding photographer, Anthony Ziccardi advises that couples avoid checking the weather weeks out from their wedding date; this will only stress you out and that's the last thing you need! Try to wait to check the weather until a few days before your wedding and if it's looking like rain is inevitable, keep these points in mind:

1. Rain Boots

If you don't have any already, now is the perfect time to invest in rain boots! Hunter Boots has really cute options and they're something that you can use again in the future and always be reminded of your wedding!

2. Umbrellas

Have umbrellas on hand so you can stay dry while taking photos outside. Umbrella photos are some of our favorite rainy wedding day photos!

Check with your venue and photographer first to see if they provide umbrellas in the event of rain. Consider having some umbrellas for your guests as well!

3. Keep Guests Informed

If your wedding ceremony is still being held outside despite some rain, keep your guests in the loop so they can plan ahead with proper shoes, jackets, and umbrellas.

4. Have a Backup Plan

Check with your venue to see what their rain plan is. Rustic NJ wedding venue, Bear Brook Valley has 3 sheltered options in the event of rain-- the Stables, the Cedar Pavilion, and the Ballroom.

5. Check in with your Vendors

Ask your vendors if the inclement weather will affect how they operate, if any schedule changes need to be made, and if they have any tips on how to keep the day running smoothly.

Wedding hair stylist, Julie Finnerty of Styles on Location says that up dos are the way to go when it looks like rain is in the forecast-- messy buns, braids, chignons. The less hair you have down, the better! And of course, make sure you have lots of hairspray on hand!

Makeup artist, Makeup by McKenna recommends waterproof everything-- mascara and eyeliner! A good setting spray is also important to help lock in the makeup so that it lasts through the rain, sweating, hugging, and kissing. McKenna suggests having a blotting sheet with you throughout the day, saying that, "Instead of layering on powder throughout the day to get rid of shine/moisture on the skin, just use a simple blotting sheet..." Blotting sheets will take away shine on the face, avoiding the need to put on more make up and resulting in a cakey look.

6. Create a Cozy Environment

It may be damp and cold, so try to make it comfortable for your guests! Think blankets, a cider or hot cocoa bar, umbrellas, and cute décor.


Look on the bright side...

  • There will be a good chance of a rainbow

  • Your flowers will last longer; they're less likely to wilt in rainy conditions than they are in hot and sunny conditions

  • You won't have itchy eyes or a red nose thanks to reduced airborne allergens

  • Rain on your wedding day is good luck

  • Clouds make for amazing photo conditions! {Our favorite rainy wedding day photos}


Our best advice: Soak it all in!

We know it's easier said than done, but try to make the most of it. Some of our favorite photos and memories are from rainy wedding days.


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