They say that rain on your wedding day is lucky. Tell that to the bride who spent a year and a half planning a gorgeous outdoor beach wedding. Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan your wedding day, you can’t prepare for the weather, and no matter where you will be saying your I Dos, anything unexpected could happen when it comes to Mother Nature. Every bride planning an outdoor wedding needs an inclement weather contingency plan that she hopes not to have to use. Below are nine expert tips for preparing for the possibility of inclement weather on your wedding day.1. Rent a Tent. Your vision for your wedding may include you and your groom standing under an open evening sky surrounded by your guests. If rain does come, however, you’ll all end up uncomfortably soggy. Include a tent rental in your budget plans and be ready to have it set up once the weather forecast is predictable and rain seems imminent. 2. Talk to Your Venues. Whether it is only your ceremony or your ceremony and reception that you plan to host outdoors, talk to your venues and ask what options you have in the case of unexpected rain. Perhaps you won’t need a tent if they can move your ceremony and reception into an on-site ballroom.
3. Keep Your Guests Informed. Include in your suite of wedding instructions what your plan will be in the case of rain. For example, your wedding day timeline may indicate that the ceremony will take place on the beach, or inside the hotel ballroom in the case of rain. Be prepared to communicate an update to guests the day of the event once you’ve decided to move inside. Rely on your bridesmaids to help with the communications.4. Embrace It. Rain may wreck your ceremony, but it doesn’t have to spoil your photos. Use pretty umbrella props and wellington boots and work with your photographer to create unexpectedly gorgeous photos to capture the moment. Make sure your bridal party and groomsmen also have gear available to keep them dry so that you can all be captured in the photos. Remember, after rain comes rainbows too. If that’s not photo-worthy, we don’t know what is. 5.Buy Blankets and Umbrellas Wholesale. If moving your ceremony undercover is not an option, ensure the proceedings are still comfortable for your guests. Buy blankets and umbrellas (that match your color pallet of course!) wholesale and make them available to your guests. 6. Talk To Your Hair Stylist. Rain and humidity will wreck soft, flowing curls. Work with your stylist to plan rain-proof wedding day hair. We think a tight chignon would look fabulous on you. 7. Don’t Forget the Details. Two words: waterproof mascara. Also ensure you have towels, raincoats, plastic wrap to cover chairs, and frizz-proof hair care products on hand. 8. Invest in a Reception Dress. If you plan for an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception, you may want to have a second dress on standby in case your first one gets damp (or drenched), especially if you’re going to embrace that rainy day photo shoot fully. 9. Don’t Panic. No matter what unexpected gift Mother Nature unexpectedly sends for your wedding, the most important thing is not to let it ruin your day. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you owe it to your groom to enjoy every single, rain-splattered moment.