We may not have a rainy season here, but the one thing you can count on in Wisconsin is that our weather is incredibly unpredictable. One day the weather can be sunny and warm, the next day it’s raining and, well, not-so-warm. For couples planning a wedding, unpredictable weather can be one of the most frustrating part of planning a weather. Every other wedding detail can be planned and carefully laid out; as for the weather, good luck.
Even if your wedding is indoors (hopefully at a beautiful wedding venue), your guests are still going to have to tramp through the rain and deal with very unpleasant (hot or cold) temperatures. Don’t let either situation rain on your big day—instead use these tips for an incredible wedding day (even when the weather is not incredible!).
Expect the best, make plans for the worst.
Weather forecasts can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they give you a glimpse into the future so you can prepare…BUT they can also be wrong. If the weather forecast looks drear, plan accordingly for a rainy day. Make bad weather “chic” and fashionable. Choose waterproof make-up and buy rainboots (and a rain jacket?) and umbrellas (for the bridal party too!) for some really cute photo opportunities. Stock up on towels, which can be handy for drying off surfaces before you or your attendants sit on it.
Keep your guests comfortable.
Comfortable guests are happy, stay-on-the-dance-floor guests. Keep their rainy day comfort in mind as you plan. Look for wedding venues with close parking (or covered parking) so they don’t have to tramp through the mud. If there is any possibility the day could be cool, look for a wedding venue with a foyer where guests can warm up (perhaps by a fireplace?). For a hot rainy day, ask the venue if they have air conditioning or use these tips to keep guests cool and comfortable.
Pack an emergency kit.
In addition to umbrellas and towels, pack a wedding day survival kit for all those rainy day wedding emergencies. Pack hair products, a hair dryer, and make-up so you can touch up your hair and makeup—and don’t end up looking like a wet dog. Besides rain boots, carry a couple of pairs of dry and comfortable shoes so you don’t have to walk around in wet shoes.
Have a plan B.
When rain threatens your big day, be flexible with your plans and keep it all in perspective. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, make a plan B for a rainy day. Choose a wedding venue with space for a ceremony and a reception. When the weather forecast resembles a flood, activate your plan B for a beautiful indoor ceremony and communicate accordingly with venue staff, vendors, and guests. If your outdoor plans were only for outdoor photo opportunities, embrace the chance for some really and unique wedding rainy day photos. Keep everything in perspective. Remember your wedding day is what you make of it—even in the rain.