What to do if it Rains on your Wedding Day

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

It’s not ideal, but you’ll survive (we promise).

rain on your wedding day

If your wedding is just around the corner you’ve probably been refreshing the 10-day forecast every other hour. The last thing you want is bad weather on your wedding day, but sometimes it’s simply unavoidable and it’s important you have a Plan B. We do live in the UK after all!

This means if that dreaded rain cloud does appear on the weather forecast, you can still relax and enjoy your wedding day as you’ve already got a back-up plan in place. Note – this is much better than having a breakdown on the morning of your wedding because your ceremony is based outside and it’s pouring with rain...!

Whether you are looking for an outdoor country garden occasion or already planning to host the events inside, there are some precautions you can take to ward off the drizzle. The wedding games you play will be sure to brighten everyone’s mood as well. There is something romantic about rain that can make your wedding more memorable than you thought possible. Whether you are planning well in advance or adjusting at the last minute, we have some tips for embracing rain on your wedding day.

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ACCESSORISE. i.e Bring lots of brollies!

Stock up on some pretty umbrellas and colourful wellies! Supply your guests with a box of brollies (they might not be as prepared as you) and co-ordinate the colours to the theme of your wedding day. This will also look fab in your wedding photographs.


Your guests will be wondering what to do with rain at your wedding. Let them know with an “in case of rain” note in your wedding invitations and update your website with all the necessary information. They will appreciate the heads up.


Whether the forecast says there will be a light drizzle or heavy downpour, you want to plan your day as if rain is guaranteed. That means going through with your rainy day plan and investing in wedding insurance to give you a safety net in case the forecast takes a turn for the worse. The last thing you’d want on your wedding day is to be stressed because the day cannot go as planned.


Confirm with your suppliers to see how they work on a rain day. Does the planner have a backup plan? Will your florist need to reconsider their wedding flower ideas? The important thing to know is that you’ve hired a group of professionals – work with them and trust they will deliver a memorable wedding.

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Here comes the fun part. Rain can produce some of the most atmospheric, romantic shots. The lighting is softer, and an experienced photographer will be able to make you pop in photos. Ask your photographer if they have any ideas to make a rainy shoot fun, sweet and creative. If possible, arrange for them to see the venue in advance to scope out possible locations. Make sure you know what questions to ask your photographer to ensure you get the perfect photos.


Waterproof mascara isn’t only good for happy tears, it’s also good for rainy days too. You can also ask your makeup artist about using a fixing spray once she’s finished your look. Wear lip balm too (both brides and grooms) as lips tend to dry out in cold, windy conditions.

rain on your wedding day


There’s nothing better than cozying up on a rainy day. Serve favourites like hot cocoa and warm cider and set up heat lamps or fire pits to keep your guests warm and toasty. You can also put together your own DIY hot chocolate bar to entertain guests!


Just because there’s rain on your wedding day doesn’t mean your dress has to get ruined. Make sure it doesn’t get totally soaked by having a wrap, cardigan or jacket on standby. Even if it’s your leather jacket, it’ll look so cool in all the pictures!

PROTECT YOUR TOESIf you are wearing heels (especially peep-toes), have a second pair of flat shoes or wellies ready to take with you outside. It’ll make walking from location to location in the soft, wet ground easier. If you can't be without your wedding day shoes, bring a pair of Clean Heels with you and stop yourself sinking into the ground.

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Get a tote bag and fill it with some wet weather essentials in advance in case of rain on your wedding day. You can give it to a bridesmaid to be in charge of. Bring it with you in the car – no one else will notice but it’ll make a lot of difference when it comes to standing outside in the cold and wet!


Sometimes the funniest photos when there’s rain on your wedding day are the photos where the couple dropped the brollies and danced in the rain. Once you’ve got the formalities out of the way, there’s nothing wrong with embracing the wet weather and having fun with it.

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