How To Prepare For A Rainy Beach Wedding

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Planning an outdoor wedding can be stressful at the best of times, especially when Mother Nature has other plans for your sunny beach wedding.

You have perfectly planned your tropical beach wedding when you check the weather forecast. Yikes! It’s meant to rain! What do you do? We have the tips and tricks to prepare for rainy weather on your big day.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast

If you have organised to have your wedding ceremony outside make sure you check the weather forecast at least 10 days out from your wedding. This will give you an idea about whether or not you will need to buy those umbrellas.

Remember to err on the side of caution. Even if the forecast says there is only a 20% chance of rain, the forecast can be wrong. Anything purchased can be returned, and you would rather have the backup plan ready to go rather than be surprised and unprepared.

Know your vendors’ wet weather plans

This is the most important part of preparing an outdoor wedding! Make sure you know each vendor’s Plan B at the time of booking! Not all vendors work well with rain, and so you need to make sure you have a flexible team willing to work with the weather. This is even more important for a beach wedding because there is often no cover at all from the rain, so make sure your photographer or celebrant is prepared to get a little wet.

Have a flexible schedule and keep the ceremony short

Unfortunately Mother Nature doesn’t work to a time schedule. When planning your beach wedding, make sure you leave plenty of time between the ceremony and reception is case you have to push back the start time because of the rain. Have a covered area ready to go where guests can wait for the rain to lighten before they head onto the sand ready for the ceremony.

Ask your celebrant to have a shortened version of the ceremony ready to go, making sure it still has all the important bits you want in there. You might only get a 20 minute window between downpours, and you don’t want your ceremony interrupted half way through.

With rain often comes wind

Make sure any props or structures are buckled down and secure. No one wants a fly away arch halfway through the ceremony. If persistent rain is forecast and you are determined to stay on the beach, it might be worth putting up a gazebo or some sort of cover for guests and the wedding party.

Buy some cute accessories

Buy cute matching umbrellas for the bridal party and source some wellies! You can make rain accessories part of the bridal look so the rain doesn’t ruin your aesthetic. Anything you don’t use will always be returnable, so it’s better to be prepared than caught unaware and have wet bridesmaids and a drenched celebrant.

Embrace the rain!

Don’t freak out! This isn’t the end of the world.

As long as both you and your partner are both together and getting married, the rain won’t ruin your day. Don’t be afraid to get wet – your dress and suit can be laundered and hair and makeup can be fixed.

Some of the most beautiful wedding photos out there are in the rain, where the light catches the rain drops and creates a moody and romantic backdrop for your wedding album. Many photographers will tell you the perfect light for photos is an overcast day, where colours pop and contrast is perfect. If you had a specific photo in mind, make sure you still do it. Water won’t kill you!

A beach setting is beautiful no matter the weather.


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