What should we do if it rains on our wedding day?

They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day….that might be true but unplanned for weather is still hard to swallow

The big question facing brides & grooms all over the world (even here in sunny San Diego) is: What DO you do if it rains on your wedding day?

When choosing backup options for your ceremony and reception, I refer you to the experts: your wedding planner and the venues themselves.


But I do have a few suggestions for some steps you can take, even if your best-day-ever is full of rain:

1. Find open, covered space (this might mean a third location for just portraits – like maybe Balboa Park?)
We want to find covered walkways, wide porches, sheltering trees … look for places that offer shelter from the rain without sacrificing the light.

And I’m happy to help you brainstorm places and help make a plan!

2.Grab some umbrellas
When you think about taking shelter from the rain in everyday life, you think of umbrellas. So why not for weddings?!

I love clear, rounded umbrellas, because they allow plenty of light to come through to illuminate your face.

It’s best to stay away from black umbrellas that completely block the light to your face whenever possibles.    If rain seems at all likely on your wedding day, it can be a good idea to plan ahead and order enough umbrellas for the wedding party, just in case.    I bought my clear umbrellas on Amazon.


3.Go inside
If there are no open, covered spaces to use and the deluge is too intense for umbrellas, we will head inside.

Large windows and bright white spaces  are ideal – I can help you find your best options at or near your venue.

4.  I always keep an eye on the weather – and if the rain stops – even for a moment, I’ll suggest we dash outside for a portrait.

Then you’ll get the reward of the whole world glistening and wet!


4. Keep calm and carry on!
Let’s face it, in every wedding on the planet, there is probably SOMETHING that doesn’t go to according plan. But that doesn’t have to ruin your day!

If you stay in the moment and roll with the changes, you’ll be able to cherish the memories of your wedding day instead of dwelling on the hiccups.

As you can see in the photos above, making graceful and good-natured concessions to the weather can allow you to get gorgeous images while fully enjoying your day at the same time!

Whether you have a light sprinkle or a major downpour, I hope you find these suggestions helpful!

And when you look back on those damp wedding portraits in 10 years time, I bet you’ll remember the joy of the day far more than you remember the weather!

(Thanks to M. Jill for quotes and thoughts in this article.)

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