Our wedding is this Saturday and the forecast says it’ll be 65 and rain. I know I can’t change the weather, and I know there’s still time for it to change. But how do I not let this bother me? In my head I kept picturing a beautiful day with our planned outdoor ceremony. I don’t want to let the weather ruin my mood but I’m already bummed about it. How did you ladies make the most of less than desirable weather on your big day?
If you want some outdoor pics, have some umbrellas handy. Also, make sure you have an indoor backup for the ceremony! Even if it does rain, it will still be the happiest day! And sometimes, it's even more fun! At my brothers wedding it poured! There was an outdoor patio off the reception area, we all went out to dance in the rain and it was so much fun! Make the best of it!
It was suppose to rain on my big day but it didn’t. Forecast can change. If not, look at it this way, rain means good luck at a wedding. It always can make great pictures if it’s not pouring so bad. You’re marrying your best friend in front of family and friends. That alone should make you extremely happy. Don’t worry about the weather. Your union will be beautiful enough.
It said it would rain on my wedding day. It rained 5 minutes into our outdoor ceremony. Was it a mess? Yes. Did I get over it after the wedding? Yes. We were able to get some great photos during periods of no rain. You will still be bummed. But you will realize after that you are married and everything will be okay. My husband had to whisper during our downpour “it’s okay love” as it was thundering.
Forecast can still change. The MORNING of my wedding it said "strong chance of hail and damaging winds" all day and guess what? It didn't even rain until 7pm. You can't change it all you can do is have a backup plan
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Thanks so much! You are right, we will be married and that is what it’s all about. And your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I have heard that overcast skies make for better photos.
There was a chance of rain on my wedding day a week before. As the week wore on the chance went up, and up, and up until finally it was 100% chance of rain, all day. by Thursday I let it go. There was not a thing i could about it and it wasn’t worth it to me to stress. I woke up to a downpour. It didn’t let up until maybe an hr before the ceremony began, right as I pulled up to the church. It took 2-3 people to help me get in the car and not get wet. It was only partly cloudy after the ceremony and we got to take pictures outside! My sister in law and a GORGEOUS day for her ceremony. Sunny, hot a perfect summer day. After dinner the skies opened up and it poured the rest of the night and people kept the party going until the end. The reception was in a covered pavilion. All that to say, your day will be beautiful and perfect. Maybe it will rain maybe it won’t. Maybe it will let up before the ceremony and maybe it will wait until after. You don’t know and you don’t get to decide, so don’t stress. Make sure you have a backup plan. Remember at the end of the day youll still be married to your love! Plus rain is good luck. A wet knot is harder to untie
I have an outdoor ceremony planned as well, and the back-up plan is less than ideal (covered patio, but everyone would be completely crammed in!)
I guess my thought is, there is nothing we can do about it, and, as others have said, the less you let it bother you, the better. The marriage is the most important thing, and the best you can do is just to roll with it. Easier said than done, I'm sure, but I will keep my fingers crossed for you that it turns out ok weather-wise!
I had a hard time with this too! If it makes you feel any better, you could still get some outdoor pictures in between the rain spurts (this is what we did) and we also ended up having clear umbrellas as well. I know its hard to not let this bother you but I ended up just letting go the day of and realizing it will be what it will be regardless of what I want. We ended up having ours inside the barn at our venue. I really wanted an outdoor ceremony with the huge arch the venue had but they moved the arch into the covered "hoop barn" they had on site and the pictures still turned out nice! The photographer was also amazing at making pictures look more outdoorsy and technically we were still in covered areas for most of the pictures. She did a lot with the lighting that made them look more like we were outdoors. If it helps, I will post some of my indoor pictures for reference! I hope you can find peace and embrace whatever the day brings! Just remember, the most important part of the day is that you are marrying the love of your life and you get to start your lives together! And that is what is AMAZING! Congrats!
These are some of the outdoor pics we got and then we had to run inside real quick to get out of the rain. Luckily we didn't get soaked! It made for some great memories!
Hope this helps! Your photographer should know what areas will be best to get the outdoorsy look you are going for! And maybe it won't rain ALL day!
So all week leading up to our wedding they were predicting rain the entire day. I woke up to a beautiful, 75 degree and partly cloudy morning. It stayed like that the entire day until literally the last photo. Seriously, our photographers left at 4:30pm and during the very last picture, I felt the first raindrop of the day on my arm.
There are so many things within your control to focus on the week leading up to your wedding lol. Weather is just so not worth stressing about. Especially because it is so often wrong! One tiny change in the weather pattern and the predicted rain will be pushed up or back a few hours, and your wedding day will be gorgeous.
It's also 5 days in advance, and I've actually read studies where meteorologists admit they really can't predict the forecast more than 3-4 days in advance, at the MOST. Anything beyond 3-4 days is just them predicting the general weather pattern, but they don't know enough to be that specific that far in advance. If right now, on Monday, it says "rain on Saturday" I'd venture to say there's an equally likely opportunity that Saturday will be clear and the rain will be on Sunday instead. Or, that it WILL rain on Saturday, from like midnight to 6am or something, and then be done by the time your wedding starts! They really have no idea girl, hahah.
Beyond that, I actually think rainy wedding photos are really artsy and cool! As glad as I was that it was sunny and beautiful on our wedding day, I lowkey wish the rain had started just a couple minutes earlier and we had gotten a few rainy photos... I just think they have so much character!
So especially this far in advance, try not to even think about it! I honestly found it best to just stop looking at the forecast. It's so easy to obsess over it... try to make a promise to yourself not to look at it. The next week will go by so quickly, try not to waste this exciting time stressing over things that are hypothetical, and out of your control. Rain or shine, your day will be so beautiful and amazing.
Some things to repeat to yourself this next week (that I just said over and over to myself as a mantra the whole week before my wedding): "I am calm. I am fortunate. I am not responsible for anyone but myself. I choose peace."
This is always my fear with my outdoor October ceremony. It really would ruin the whole mood and vibe. Forecasts will change it's still early in the week! BUT rain is good luck so they say, even if the bride wants to have a breakdown about it, which is probably 9.5 times out of 10 haha. Maybe some good advice is to picture your ceremony and how it will look set up inside so you get comfortable with the idea just in case!