There is nothing more devastating than rain storms on your big day. However, they do say that rain on a wedding day is good luck right?! I’m sure that many of you brides who are seeking those gorgeous outdoor views and golden hour portraits have some serious rain fears but don’t worry because the wedding planners of the world are coming in loud singing “raaaaainnn plannnn”!!!
Rain Plans aka your saving grace on a rainy wedding day can be so easy to organize and save a lot of stress and muddy heels later on. Here are some tips on organizing your rain plan:
1. Sides, sides, sides.
Let me say that again…sides! Purchasing sides for your tents is an easy add on to your tent rental that can save you and your guests hours of joy and dry cleaning later. The best way to handle a tent is to turn it into a room (a four walled structure with heat or ac depending on weather), and start that process early in the week if the forecast is calling for rain. Without sides the ground underneath the tent still absorbs water turning into mud, and if there is any wind along with the rain then you and your guests are never really dry.
2. Grab some fun gear!
If it’s looking like rain then bring on the accessories! Consider treating yourself and your guests to some fun boots, and parasols. They can match your color scheme, be monogrammed with the date, or wild prints like polka-dots or cheetah! Thinking ahead and helping your guests stay dry and comfortable will improve the camaraderie as the friends and family who love you party in the rain!
3. Consider standing room
A great plan B if needing to combine your spaces, such as placing cocktail hour and the ceremony in the same area is standing room! A quick and easy fix! Place chairs for only some of the guests, and reserve those for families, disabled, or older guests and have the rest of your guests stand! The ceremony is a quick 20 minutes so it won’t put any strain on guests. Plus they would rather be standing than wet!
4. Actually make the plan
We know that discussing inclement weather on your big day is the worst sort of conversation but it is still one that needs to be had. Don’t put off these decisions! Utilize your planner and your venue managers to discuss options for other spaces, tented events, and logistics with the venue grounds and safety. Having these conversations rather than just crossing fingers it won’t storm is safer and lessens the stress of everyone involved with your big day. Planners, caterers, and other vendors love a strong plan B to ensure that all things wedding day go off beautifully.