Every bride’s worst nightmare is rain on their wedding day, but in reality there are so many ways to work around rain or even incorporate it into your wedding that there’s no need for anxiety. Here are few ideas for how to not only plan for rain but embrace it on your wedding day!

Always Have a Plan B
When you’re planning your wedding, you need to be ready for whatever, especially if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. One of the most important things is to have a backup site for your ceremony in case of inclement weather. Here at Klehm, for example, the setup of the reception site can easily be rearranged to accommodate a wedding ceremony if getting married in our Fountain Garden isn’t possible due to the weather. Having a plan B will make your day less stressful and allow you to relax.

Get Creative With Your Wedding Photographs
Not only is the lighting softer on rainy days, making for pretty and sweet wedding photos, but you can also get creative with your shots. Try a fun group shot running through the rain with your umbrellas or a picture of the bridesmaids showing off their matching rain boots. Rain is also incredibly romantic (hello “kissing-in-the-rain” movie trope!) so have fun with it. Get a few shots of you and your partner dancing in the rain, cuddling under the bough of a tree, or in the reflection of a puddle. Ask your photographer for tips, too. Chances are, this isn’t their first rainy day wedding and they’ll have lots of ideas for getting the best shots of you and your bridal party. That being said, make sure to have an emergency kit handy with bobby pins, waterproof mascara, tissues, hairspray, and a few towels for touch ups during the shoot!

Embrace the Rain
If you’re getting married during a rainy season or in a state or country where it is typically rainy, playing up the weather for your wedding can be cute and a lot of fun! Get matching umbrellas and rain boots for your bridal party or shawls for your bridesmaids that coordinate with your wedding colors.

You can also use the rain as inspiration for your wedding favors. Have a basket of ponchos or blankets waiting for guests at the entrance of the ceremony site or umbrellas balanced on each chair. Go classic white or match the favors with your wedding colors for a fun pop of color! Favors like the blankets and umbrellas can add up, however, so make sure to look for wholesale items that you can buy in bulk at a lower price.

Finally, having a warming drink for your guests after they step in from the rain can create a cozy romantic atmosphere for your reception. Think mulled wine, hot toddies, and spiked hot chocolate for the adults and warm apple cider and hot cocoa for the kiddos. You could even incorporate these flavors into a signature cocktail for something extra special!

Whether you include rain gear in your accessories or let the weather inspire your favors, you can without a doubt make a rainy day wedding special and exciting. Remember that a perfect wedding does not equal perfect weather and no matter what you’re still going to have a wonderful celebration. After all, rain or shine you’ll be getting married to the love of your life and nothing is more perfect than that!