CLEVELAND WEDDING PLANNING: Preparing for Rain on Your Big Day

couple stands in rain under umbrella as part of their cleveland wedding planning


You’ve spent months on your Cleveland wedding planning to put together your dream day. But what if the forecast calls for rain? Even if you’re not having an outdoor ceremony, rain can be pain to deal with.

Rainy weather doesn’t mean your wedding is ruined. There are plenty of ways to prepare for the possibility of a little drizzle, and the presence of rain can actually lend your wedding—and your photos—an even more romantic vibe. So whether you’re planning well ahead of time or scrambling at the last minute, check out these tips for dealing with rain on your wedding day.

1. Develop a Plan B you absolutely love.

The most obvious way to plan for rain is to have a backup plan, but when you’re choosing a Plan B for your big day, don’t just settle for the closest available indoor venue. Instead, take some time to put planning and thought into your backup plan and make sure there are parts of it that you’re really looking forward to. That way, if you do have to move indoors, you won’t be devastated at the change of venue.

If it does rain on your wedding day, the rain plan will be the only plan. That means you will never have that plan A. The memories, the pictures and videos, everything will be the plan B – so make sure you LOVE it just as much as your plan A.

If you need helping designing your rain plan, talk to your vendors, especially your photographer.

bride holding umbrella because she prepared for rain during her cleveland wedding planning

2. Keep everyone in the loop while conducting your Cleveland wedding planning.

If there’s any chance of rain, it’s important to let everyone involved in the wedding and your guests know about your backup plan. This is where a wedding website can really come in handy! If it looks like rain in the days leading to your wedding, you can tell everyone about the change of venue and to come prepared for rainy weather and muddy ground. If you’re getting married during a month that’s particularly prone to inclement weather, consider including a card in your invitations that lets all your guests know the rainy day plan.

3. Talk to your vendors.

When you interview potential vendors for your big day, ask about how rain would affect their plans, and be sure to get in touch with all your vendors a few days before the wedding if the forecast is looking gray.  Rain may require some of them to adjust their schedules or make changes to their preparations, so advance notice is definitely appreciated. And don’t worry about your photos! As long as you have the right photographer, rainy days actually create some really magical and unique wedding images.

couple walks in the rain being prepared in their cleveland wedding planning

4. Plan your day as if it will rain.

Take time to consider how rain would affect every aspect of your wedding and plan accordingly. After all, you’re better safe than sorry, and having a plan in place for inclement weather will save you a lot of stress if it does rain the day of. Think about everything, from your guests’ arrival to your ceremony details, and build a schedule with plenty of wiggle room and accommodations for an unexpected rainfall.

5. Think about the little things.

Umbrellas and waterproof mascara are an obvious must, but consider all the details that rain may affect. Have extra towels handy for guests and the wedding party or think about having a few hair dryers in the bathrooms. Choose a hairdo that’s less likely to get frizzy with all the moisture in the air and consider having a reception dress, just in case you need something dry to change into.

Side note: for picture purposes, we only recommend clear umbrellas so that they don’t cast a huge shadow on your faces throughout the day.

couple hugs in rain after their cleveland wedding planning prepared them

6. Keep things cozy.

If you’re concerned about rain, consider making your reception a little cozier. You can have a hot chocolate bar or serve warm cider to keep your guests toasty. You can even offer blankets that guests can wrap up in. It may not be formal, but it’ll definitely be fun, and your chilled guests are sure to appreciate it!

7. Don’t be afraid to embrace the rain.

If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that expressing your love in the rain is incredibly romantic! Lean into that feeling and just relax and enjoy your day. It may not be exactly what you imagined, but you’re marrying the love of your life, so it’s still an amazing day!

Also, they say rain on your wedding day is incredibly lucky!

couple's cleveland wedding planning for rain with clear umbrella at night

8. Consider a more flexible timeline

Sometimes, you can find pockets of sunshine on rainy day. If you want to take advantage of those times, it’s important to have a timeline that can be moved around easily. You can make your timeline flexible by adding in extra buffer time between events and making sure events can be moved around. Also, entertaining the idea of a first look earlier in the day can help you be more flexible as well if the forecast is questionable.

Cleveland wedding planning can be quite the task, luckily we’re here to help. You can find other tips for your big day here!

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