Preparing for a Rainy Wedding Day: Tips for Couples

September 6, 2023
conquering rain on your wedding day is no mean feat.

Rainy Wedding Day Tips

No matter rain or shine, we will create bangers!

You’ve been meticulously planning your wedding for months, and the big day is finally on the horizon. But as fate would have it, Mother Nature decides to add an unexpected twist to your fairy-tale – rain! While visions of sunshine and clear skies might dance in your head, don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits.

With some preparation and a dash of creativity, you can turn a rainy wedding day into an enchanting and memorable event. Here are some tips to help you embrace the unexpected and make the most of a wet wedding day.

Bridal Appointment Tips


Timeline: From Yes to getting dressed

Most bridal boutiques won’t have your dress ready to take home with you on the day of your appointment. You are most likely going to get a new dress made to order. This will usually take anything between four and eight months. Also don’t forget you will have at least 2 – 3 fittings before you have your final dress.

If your timeline is shorter than the above mention period, take a deep breathe and DO NOT STRESS. Lots of boutiques will have something on “the rack” that will most likely need a few alternations. 

To ease your nerves, ensure that you dress will be in time, phone the boutiques ahead of time to see if your dress will fit in your wedding timeline before you make an appointment.


The Budget

This isn’t set a budget and then blow it. This is really set the budget and stick to it. Wedding dresses vary so drastically in prices you could spend a couple of thousands to a couple of hundred thousands. Be firm!

If you have someone who is buying the dress for you, have this conversation with them beforehand so you both on the same page and of course to avoid disappointment. There is no bigger disappointment than finding your dream dress and then seeing that its out of the budget. It is soul crushing.

Setting the budget means that the sales consultant at the bridal boutiques will only show you those dresses within your budget.

On a PS note about budget, not forget to think about accessories like veils, jewellery, shoes and hair accessories. Be mindful that some alterations could be added. Make sure when you purchase your dress that you are aware of ANY additional cost surprises.


Research: Designers and Bridal Boutiques

My goodness this could be one of those dark rabbit holes. There are thousands of designers and bridal boutiques. Doing some easy research will help narrow down the search for the dream dress.

I would suggest searching on social media, find some photographers pages, look at the dresses, the photographer usually tag all the vendors in their posts. 

Most bridal boutiques won’t have all their dresses online but they will stock the designers. Find your preferred designers and then narrow the search to those boutiques.


Create your Mood Board

The best part! Creating your wedding dress mood board! Pinterest is easiest the easies for this, upload all the dresses you are drawn too. As you go along, the more you add the more you will see a pattern emerge of the fabrics and silhouettes that keep recurring. 


The Entourage  

Just like your wedding guest list, deciding who comes with you during your bridal appointments can really make or break this should be fun and exciting experience.

I can’t stress this enough…..bring people who’s opinions you value the MOST!

The saying too many cooks in the kitchen could not be any truer for choosing your dress. The opinions of too many people could become stressful and confusing!

Think quality over quantity. Two to four people is more than enough. 


Avoid fake tans and heavy makeup

It’s only natural that you would want to feel absolutely SMASHING and GLAMOROUS when trying on wedding dresses, please bear in mind that fake tans and heavy makeup could be easily transferred onto the dress. Lets be kind to the dress and the future brides who want to try on the samples. 

If you feel better tanned, make sure you tanning day is a few days before your appointment so that it has time to settle. And with the make up, remember, a little goes a long way.

If you know more a less how you would like your hair to be done on the day, try and get your hair to resemble that style. It doesn’t need to be done by a professional but you could for example, if you know your hair is an “undo” throw your hair in ponytail. This with give you a realistic idea of how you will look on your wedding day in that dress. Also you can tick off buying hair accessories too.


Smash a burger before you bridal appointment!

If you anything like me, HANGRY is not a good look on me. Wedding dress shopping can be draining and most likely will be the entire day! And lets face it, there is nothing worse than shopping on an empty stomach!

So make sure you schedule a lovely lunch with your entourage and pack those snacks. You have an epic day to get through!


Lastly, be opened minded.

So you have done all the research, stalked wedding photographers pages, found designers, set your budget and created your mood board. You got this!

But there is that annoying but again, be opened minded! Try something that you might not think you would like. Sometimes, just sometimes you land up with something you didn’t expect. But the only way you will know is if you try.

Your body confidence is going to need a boost during this time, wedding dress shopping could be stressful. So give yourself extra extra love during this time.

10 Rainy Wedding Day Tips​


1 – Embrace the Rain Gear

2 – Outdoor Rain-Proofing

3 – Chic Rain Boots

4 – Weather-Resistant Fabrics

5 – DIY Rain Solutions

6 – Magical Rainy Photos

7 – Rainy-Day Attitude

8 – Weather-Appropriate Makeup

9 – Backup Travel Plans

10 – Rain Plan Rehearsal


10 Rainy Wedding Day Tips​

1. Embrace the Rain Gear

Instead of cursing the rain, consider it an opportunity to accessorize! Cute and colorful umbrellas can add a charming touch to your wedding photos. You can even coordinate them with your wedding colors or opt for clear umbrellas for an unobstructed view of your beautiful faces.

2. Outdoor Rain-Proofing

If you’ve planned an outdoor wedding, having a backup plan is essential. Rent a tent or have an indoor space available as a plan B. This way, you can keep your guests dry and ensure the ceremony and reception proceed as planned, rain or shine.

3. Chic Rain Boots

Ditch the delicate heels for a pair of stylish rain boots. They come in various colors and patterns, so you can find a pair that matches your wedding theme. Plus, they’ll keep your feet dry and comfortable as you navigate puddles.

4. Weather-Resistant Fabrics

When choosing your wedding attire, consider materials that are less likely to be ruined by rain. For instance, opt for a wedding dress with a shorter hemline or a fabric that won’t get weighed down when wet. Groomsmen could wear suits made from lightweight, water-resistant fabric.

5. DIY Rain Solutions

Get creative with rain solutions. Providing guests with individual clear umbrellas not only keeps them dry but also creates a beautiful and unique visual element for your photos. You can also place baskets of towels and blankets around your venue to keep everyone comfortable.

6. Magical Rainy Photos

Rain can add a romantic and whimsical touch to your wedding photos. Work with your photographer to capture creative and artistic shots using reflections in puddles, rain-soaked petals, or even a passionate kiss under the drizzle. These photos will be cherished for a lifetime.

7. Rainy-Day Attitude

Your attitude sets the tone for your wedding day. Embrace the rain with a positive outlook, and your guests will follow suit. Remember, some cultures consider rain on your wedding day to be good luck, symbolizing fertility, cleansing, and renewal.

8. Weather-Appropriate Makeup

Discuss your makeup with your makeup artist, ensuring it’s waterproof and long-lasting. This way, you’ll look flawless throughout the day, no matter the weather.

9. Backup Travel Plans

If you’ve planned an outdoor photoshoot at a scenic location, have backup plans in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Research indoor venues or picturesque indoor spots nearby for your photography session.

10. Rain Plan Rehearsal

During your wedding rehearsal, practice your rain plan as well. Ensure everyone knows what to do if the weather forces you indoors or if you need to shift your schedule.

Remember, your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, regardless of the weather. Rain or shine, it’s a day filled with joy and cherished moments. So, when life hands you raindrops on your wedding day, make it a part of your love story and create memories that are uniquely yours.

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