Items to Have With You in Case of Rain!- Wedding Planning Tips

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What happens if you’re looking at the 10 day forecast and you see it’s calling for rain on your wedding day?


First of all, don’t panic. There’s nothing you can do about the weather. Take a deep breath, and make a note to gather a few items for your getting ready bag. You can also talk to your bridal party and have them get some of these as well!


  • Umbrellas. They make adorable props and can look romantic in your photos! I always bring a few clear ones with me to every wedding, just in case rain pops up. You could have one for each of your girls for bridal party photos! Whether you choose clear ones, or a pop of color, they’ll be cute and practical!
  • Extra shoes. Even if the only time you’re outside is to get to the venue, your shoes are going to get wet. Don’t risk your wedding shoes getting ruined! Bring rain boots (which is another cute photo prop!) or flip flops to get from point A to point B.
  • A driver. If you don’t have transportation for the day, or are just driving yourselves, consider having someone drive you around who can pick you up and drop you off at the door. You’ll avoid the mad dash from your parked car.
  • Have a jacket or wrap. Even if you have long sleeves on your dress, bring something with you to wrap up in. Many gown fabrics show water stains. Also remind your groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen to have a jacket or wrap of some type to avoid rain soaked clothing.
  • Use waterproof makeup. This really needs no explanation 🙂
  • This isn’t really a “thing”, but if it’s calling for rain, consider having a first look with your groom. Just as rain makes traffic drive a little (or a lot) slower, rain makes portraits go slower. Every rainy wedding I’ve shot where there was no first look has resulted in very little time for photos. Especially newlywed photos. Some weddings, I only had 7-10 minutes for the bride and groom! A first look can give more flexibility with the timeline, allowing us to take advantage of pockets of clear skies to run out and grab a few photos. It also gives more time for driving to locations, wrangling family members, and waiting for the rain to let up a bit.


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