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There’s something magical about an outdoor wedding in the summertime – vivid green grass, trees thick with leaves, and flowers blooming everywhere in sight. Warm weather in the Adirondacks signals a time of beginnings, of starting over; like a wedding itself, it’s the start of something new and exciting. Ceremonies held in the great outdoors are rife with scenic possibilities, but since the date must be set and planned so far in advance, it’s impossible to know whether the weather will cooperate. Instead of stressing about things out of your control, stay calm by focusing your energy on a few simple preparations. Embracing the rain can make for a unique and memorable wedding – and the chance for some gorgeous photos!

How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

Taking cover. Umbrellas can add a beautiful touch to a wedding party. You might try a set in a variety of shades from your color palette to create an ombre effect, or perhaps a simple, clear style that creates dew-dropped halos around your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Want something with more impact? You could choose the gorgeous pink umbrellas pictured below, or a similar design in purple. Do you and your betrothed love Van Gogh? You could pick an umbrella inspired by “Irises” or “Starry Night.” Depending on your choice, the effect can be whimsical, classically chic, or a little of both.
Booting up. If rain falls on the big day, your delicate designer heels probably won’t stand a chance. Why not set them aside and slip on some Wellington boots? With a matching set for the bridal party, whether in solids or bright prints, the end result is adorable, fun, and has a sense of humor. It says you laughed in the face of rain and made it work – with style.
Making up. Almost nothing is worse for makeup than a rainy day, but a little preparation can steer you clear of any mid-ceremony mascara streaks. Obviously, you’ll want to have waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner, but you might also want to try using a lid primer to secure eye shadow and/or a powder foundation for a little extra staying power. On a drizzly day, modern make-up innovations are a girl’s best friend.

How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings 

Getting the perfect shots. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, check in with your photographer ahead of time about the possibility of showers. Planning beforehand will alleviate some of the stress when you see a dreary forecast a few days before the ceremony. The possibility of adverse weather is all the more reason to hire a seasoned pro, not count on your brother’s friend’s cousin who once took a photography class in junior college. If your photographer is experienced with rain and otherwise well-prepared for a stormy shoot, you’ll be rewarded with some truly gorgeous photos. With droplets catching the light and falling on cheeks, the photos are sure to be magical.
Taking no chances. Outdoor reception? Unless you have an indoor contingency venue, you’re definitely going to need to rent a tent! Luckily, wedding tents are elegant and you can decorate the space to your heart’s content, adding draping ceiling liners, flowers, and glowing strings of lights. You can’t be too careful, however, so to be safe, consider purchasing wedding insurance. While a tent can protect your guests from heavy rain, in the event of a storm or hurricane or other disaster, postponing the wedding might be the safest route. After all, the safety of you and your guests must always come first! True love will certainly hold out a little longer.
Letting go. The most important asset for a rainy wedding is a good attitude. Like marriage, weddings involve surprises, adjustment, and compromise. Precipitation on your wedding day doesn’t have to be a tragedy, especially when you’re forearmed with a plan. After all, a chance of rain also brings the chance to implement your problem-solving skills. What if it snows in May, or if hail reigns down in October? That’s not so bad — actually, it sounds like an event your guests will never forget!
— Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson
{Editor’s note: Want more rainy day wedding tips? The topic of wedding day weather is so important that we published a story called “Rain or Shine” in our debut issue, still available for purchase right here on the website!}


  • Comment by Jenna Whitehill — September 3, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    It rained during my sister’s wedding, which everyone said was good luck. It was perfect that we had a purple cheetah print umbrella on hand, since the accent color of her wedding was purple. It was so pretty against her white dress and we all had lots of fun making the most of the rainy day.

  • Comment by Elisa Schneider — November 16, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Many brides fear having rain on their wedding day. From reading this article I can see how beautiful the rain can be. I love the idea of colorful umbrellas and even rain boots for the bride and bridesmaids! Weather is unpredictable and even with rain a wedding can be perfect.

  • Comment by Cierra Patterson — January 31, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

    Thank goodness for this article. The weather in the Adirondacks can be so unpredictable. There’s no telling what can happen and no one likes to be unprepared on their wedding day. I adore the ideas of having colorful matching umbrellas! It makes me want to have my wedding on a rainy day.

  • Comment by Anna Keeler — March 1, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    My fiance and I are getting married outside, and making plans in case it rains is something I didn’t really think about because our wedding is in July. After coming across this article though, I will be making some adjustments to our plans in case it does rain. This is such a helpful article!

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