A Bride’s Guide to Surviving a Rainy Wedding Day

It is not ideal, but a little drizzle doesn’t have to rain on your parade or spoil your day! There is an old saying that states, “rain on the wedding day brings good luck to the Bride and Groom” and we have to agree. It may feel like it is the end of the world, but a little rain doesn’t have to be – with a little help and quick thinking we can turn a damp disaster into something fun.

Begin with a positive outlook. Stop pouting and allow yourself and your groom to embrace the highly romantic nature of a rainstorm. Rain is known to bring about feelings of warmth, enchantment, and coziness.

Take a deep breath and think of the amazing photographs that will be taken. The soft lighting associated with rainy days can make for easy picture taking and the sight of rain drops through a camera lens can create some stunning final pictures. Plus, you won’t have to worry about squinty eyes from the bright sun!

Finally, remember to pack “rainy-day lifesavers”, the key items that will change the entire day:

Umbrellas – Keep the whole bridal party and all your guests dry by providing over-sized golf umbrellas. Choose from chic, plain white options or pick pretty frilly umbrellas that come in a range of colours to brighten up your photographs.

Statement Footwear – Slip on a pair of sexy rain boots and make them a fun part of your photo shoot! Plus, they’ll keep your feet comfy and dry between venues. Make a splash with a bold block colour or go for a pretty floral design.

Wet-Weather Make-Up – Not only will it hold up against your tears of joy, a waterproof mascara is excellent rainy-day insurance. Your makeup will be less likely to run from sweat if the day is cooler and rainy, we suggest investing in quality makeup that will not smear or easily wash off if a couple of rain drops hit your face. Don’t forget a quality hair spray to keep frizzy hair away!

Though rain on your wedding day might not be the most ideal thing in the world, it’s not the end of the world. There are many reasons why rain can add to the experience, so get out there and make the best of the wet situation. Looking back at the beautiful pictures, you probably wouldn’t have wanted your wedding day to be any other way!

*Photos courtesy of Phillip Wise Photography and “Katie & Nick”, Oregon Wedding


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    melanie Rebane photography
    October 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Love this post! It is so true. With a skilled professional photographer, the rain (or freak snow storm in the case of Ottawa) can lend a unique texture and air of romance that will set your wedding photos apart.

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    October 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I am actually praying for rain the day of my wedding now!

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    October 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous!

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    November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    beautiful pictures…I like those purple rain boots

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