What if it rains on my wedding day?

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We've compiled our top tips if it rains for how to be prepared and make the most of your rainy wedding day!

While we hope for perfect temperatures and clear skies on every wedding day, we don’t always get it. The truth is, rain can be a reality on your wedding day. Just in case, we compiled our top tips for how to be prepared and make the most of your rainy wedding day!

Engagement photoshoot on rainy day in Chicago

Rainy Day Wedding Tips
Have a backup plan

Depending on the season of your wedding and climate of your wedding location, create a rain plan that works for you, your wedding party, your guests, and your venue.  Make sure to have a Plan B if your wedding is scheduled to be outdoors!

Be Decisive

We’ve been a part of some wedding situations where the weather could change instantly, or the forecast was unclear.  Don’t be afraid to make the call to stick with Plan A or go with Plan B when necessary.  Someone needs to make the call, and as the bride, it should probably be YOU!  

I was a bridesmaid at a wedding once where the weather was ominous. The venue wanted so badly to move forward with Plan B, but the bride, made the call to move forward with Plan A and have the wedding outside (a simplified version with chairs only for grandparents and a shortened ceremony). She was confident in her decision, okay with whatever would happen, and ultimately ended up loving her outdoor wedding. AND if it had started raining, she was okay with having a good story and finishing the wedding indoors.  

Bride and her groom in a blue suit

Draw the Line

Consider ahead of time what you are and are not willing to do if it rains on your wedding day. For example, some brides are totally comfortable getting the bottom of their dresses a little wet and dirty to get the pictures they want even if it’s raining…others are not. Be yourself, do what you’re comfortable with, and make sure to talk with your vendors about your personal boundaries honestly.

Brave photographer taking on the elements on a rainy wedding day.


Come prepared

If there’s rain in the forecast for your wedding day, buy matching umbrellas for your wedding party!  We recommend buying clear umbrellas (or white if necessary), because black umbrellas cast dark shadows while colored umbrellas can cast colors on faces during photos. We also bring a few clear umbrellas with us on every wedding day!

Embrace it

When it comes down to it, you can’t change the weather on your wedding day.  Make the best of it and enjoy the day. Stressing about it will only make your wedding day less joyful!

Bride having fun with her bridesmaids in pink dresses
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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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