How to Survive a Rainy Day Wedding

Oct 28, 2014 | Planning
The weather in an inevitable part of anyone’s big day and even more so if the ceremony is outdoors. We can’t prevent what the weather gods have in store for us but we can prepare! This beautiful rainy day rehearsal dinner from Stephanie Yonce Photography and Amore Events by Cody just goes to show that with a good pair of wellies and a smile on your face, you’d barely notice this rehearsal dinner was marred by the big black clouds overhead…  Aside from being a sign of good luck, rain on your Big Day is an opportunity to have pictures and a party like no one else’s. For you today, our favourite tips for planning (or the last-minute making) of a beautiful rainy day wedding. We promise you’ll be obsessed, from this day forward.

From Stephanie Yonce Photography: "Family was the secret ingredient for this Tuscan-inspired rehearsal dinner shoot, tucked away in the foothills of Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia. Channeling a laid-back fete of European decadence, the menu of grilled chicken, local summer vegetables, fresh loaves of bread and handmade cheeses tied in well with the intimate family atmosphere.  Vintage details, most notably the etched glasses and upholstered seating, gave the shoot a more old world style ambiance while the natural color palette, tied in with indigo, hoped to call attention to the earthier elements. Favorite details from the day included the cozy addition of rain, as well as Aspen, the sweet, well-mannered Golden Retriever “model.” I shot the session in 35mm film to help contribute to the nostalgic mood - as you all know, film has a subtle but very noticeably different final look, and the textures and colors complemented Cody’s goals for the shoot beautifully."

Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Rehearsal dinner ideas Stephanie Yonce Photography Tent or Marquee Rental: Always have a back-up venue plan. If you are planning to have your nuptials out in nature, ask your chosen venue if they have a back-up plan for inclement weather and if access to it comes with additional cost. If they don’t have a built-in plan B, have a tent rental on speed dial and be prepared to confirm the rental and set up the week of the wedding if the forecast looks like rain. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Photography: Talk to your photographer. Find out if they’ve shot a wedding in the rain before. Do they have some ideas for how to make it more fun, exciting and sweetly unique? What’s the plan, logistically and financially, in inclement weather? Will they still show up, stay throughout the night? Find out. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Hair Hacks: Call on the glam squad. Obviously, waterproof mascara is a must for any bride. But a little rain may call for some last-minute beauty changes. If you’re worried about out-of-control humidity hair, consider a beautifully messy bun orrelaxed flower crown. These styles are on trend and perfect for preventing frizz and falling. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography How to survive a rainy day wedding Stephanie Yonce Photography Pretty Parasols: The gift that keeps on giving: umbrellas! Guests will want to stay dry during the ceremony or to and from their cars to the ceremony site or reception venue. Get creative with this opportunity… do you want everyone to have matching umbrellas, or should the audience be a flood of colour? Embrace the umbrella and have fun with it. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Accessories: Find fun, rain-friendly wedding party and guest swag. Wellies for the bridal party or umbrellas for the guest aren’t just fun, they’re functional, too. If you’re loving the rainy day vibe, but may see sunshine, you can still incorporate these fun accessories. They make for great photos!  Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Cool Temps and Wind: Rain may not be the only weather-related issue. The temperature may drop drastically, or the wind may threaten to blow the guests away — and not the way you had in mind. Ask your vendors if portable heaters and tent walls are available, and if not, locate a vendor for these prior to the big day. And don’t forget to have a bolero, jacket or shrug ready to go! What if it rains on my wedding day? Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Umbrella Party Favours: Create a back-up budget. All the last-minute adjustments for bad weather can add costs and quickly. Early during your planning, be sure to create a rainy day fund. Literally. You’ll have enough things to think about on the big day, money shouldn’t be one of them. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Scheduling: Consider a flexible timeline. If a torrential downpour looks likely right at the time of your vows, consider extending the cocktail hour or perhaps going immediately from vows to reception. When planning, allow the schedule some flex room. It’ll keep your guests out of the rain and your stress to a minimum. A little adjustment goes a long way! Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Bad weather on your wedding day Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stick to The Plan: Whatever you decide, commit to it and have some fun. Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Stephanie Yonce Photography Vendor details

Photography: Stephanie Yonce Photography | Film Lab: Photovision Prints | Planning & Design: Amore Events by Cody | Hair/Makeup: Studio FBJ Weddings | Venue: Keswick Vineyards | Catering: Barbeque Exchange Weddings | Upholster Chairs & Driftwood: Paisley & Jade | Cake: Maliha Creations | Florals: Blue Ridge Floral Design | Rentals: MS Events | Calligraphy: Joie de Vivre Calligraphy

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