They say it’s good luck, but few brides actually hope for rain on their wedding day. It’s wet and can create a bit of a logistical nightmare, but it’s the one thing that no bride or groom, no matter how prepared, can actually control.
I did all the research before our wedding day. I checked the annual averages and I started looking at the forecast about a month out. (Did you know that accuweather.com actually does a 45-day forecast? Who knows how accurate it is, but it was fun to start checking the weather—it’s almost like a rite of passage to the final stages of planning.) Despite all my research, when the 10-day hit, the image of a rainy cloud was staring back at me—and I was devastated. I began to create my backup plan, and though in the end, July 28 was a sunny summer day (a testament that you can’t trust the weather man) I was glad I had a plan in place. So here’s my advice to you.
1. If rain is a possibility, stock up on umbrellas. I love the clear ones, which available at Target, but you seek out a pattern/color scheme that works with your wedding. You can always return them if the skies stay clear.
2. Talk to your photographer about options. Rainy pictures sometimes make the best photographs. Sure, you might not get the shot on Stone Arch Bridge that you were hoping for, but there are some pretty cool tricks that photographers can do with lighting in rain situation that make for an amazing image. Plus, you’re forced to get more creative, and super sunny days often result in a squinty wedding party.
3. Rethink your hair. If you’re one of those people (like me) whose hair turns treacherous the minute it comes in contact with water, you may want to consider a more secure, and thus less destroyable, up do. Talk to your hair and makeup artist before the big day if you’re considering a change. And if rain is on the radar, but you have your heart set on long locks, perhaps start with your hair down and then transition it up once it gets wet.
4. Bring towels. If you want any lovey dovey photos of you and your beau cuddling on a park bench, you’ll want to sit on something dry. Plus, floors can get pretty slick, which brings me to my next point . . .
5. Pack alternate footwear. Photo opps with fun footwear can be pretty cute (and also a smart and safe alternative to satin slingbacks if it's pouring). If you're envisioning a rain boot-clad wedding party snapshot, talk to your bridesmaids ahead of time and make sure everyone has the proper footwear. I was in a wedding once where rain was forecasted, so the bride called us all a week ahead of time and asked us to bring as many rain boots as possible. Though she had 11 gals in her wedding party, we pooled our resources and adorned every maid in boots. The pictures are fun and original, and it's the most comfrotable I've ever been in a wedding.
Bonus Tip: Embrace it. There's nothing you can do about the weather, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime day. No one wants to look back on their wedding day and have any regrets, so grab your umbrella, your boots, and your new Mr. or Mrs. and make the most of it. Have fun!