It may rain on my wedding- how did the weather alter your day?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2669 posts
Sugar bee

My wedding didn’t rain but there was a freak heatwave. Honestly I doubt anyone was paying any attention during the ceremony because everyone was melting to bits. In the middle of the ceremony felt a bead of sweat roll down my leg and wondered when it would be over haha.

HOWEVER, I still had a fantastic day and the party was amazing. It was uncomfortable for the ceremony and possibly during the cocktail hour, but we did everything we could to try to keep everyone cool. The food and drink during cocktail hour distracted everyone and once the reception rolled around it had cooled down and everyone had a blast. 

As long as you can keep people comfortable for 80-90% of the day you’re going to be fine. I’ve been to a couple of other weddings where the weather turned sour. Only one of them was terribly affected by it and that’s because they didn’t have a backup plan so everyone was outside in the freezing rain for the entire reception/dancing etc. Your guests aren’t going to care so much as long as they’re not uncomfortable so provide blankets and umbrellas and warn people about footwear if you can. 

Post # 3
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It rained on and off our entire wedding day. Sometimes complete downpours, other times drizzles and yet other times it stopped for brief periods. It was also quite windy.

Because we were planning our wedding on the Washington coast in March, we knew this was a risk and all wedding activities were indoors with the exception of wanting some photos outdoors. We had to be creative with our first look location and make sure we were under cover, while still outside. I was a pretty adventurous bride in that way, though. I wanted the pictures and wasn’t as worried about whether my hair and make-up stayed completely perfect.

Post # 4
3350 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Rain was also on my mind for our outdoor wedding last year, and I was bummed because I really wanted our ceremony to be held outside. Luckily it just sprinkled on us halfway through the ceremony and we have some adorable photos of everyone under umbrellas (including our guests, we had amazing DOCs who had enough for everyone). We had moody dramatic skies for all our photos and then some fantastic sunset shots as it cleared up a bit! And I think it’s true that the little rain we had on our wedding day was lucky, we’ve had a wonderful first year of marriage.

Fingers crossed you also get lucky 🍀 

Post # 5
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

It poured the entire day of my wedding. I can remember sitting in the salon and being like, STOP RAINING. And then it didn’t. And that was just ok, because my day was so beautiful, unique, and it just added to the atmosphere.

Not to mention that it’s a story not everyone has to tell. It changed two things only – we had to cover up our beautiful garden scene with tents over the chairs, which worked just fine, and also, we had to move our photos, because I was hoping driving 20 minutes back into town would change the scenery enough that we could get some good photos with our familles.


My photographer got this great shot of us in the rain with the bubbles!


Post # 6
1969 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It was F’ING FREEZING on my wedding day. Went from 70’s that week to high 30’s low 40’s. 

My bridal party was amazing. They wouldn’t let me change my plans to get indoor pictures, they just stood by with coats, and ditched when needed. I wanted to get another location, but I was so cold I started to go numb. 

Post # 7
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I’ll be totally okay with rain; probably have to be careful to not get the dress train too dirty. But if it’s like one of the PPs where we get a heatwave, I wouldn’t know what to do! The boat we’ll be on doesn’t have air-conditioning, and both fiance and I are big sweaters! I also get very very grumpy when I’m hot.

Post # 8
1393 posts
Bumble bee

We had a heat wave. So fucking hot… We got last minute tents to cover all the seats during the ceremony and replaced the seats with the outdoor games for the reception since it was a fully outdoor wedding. Luckily the trees provided a bunch of shade, and with the tents it was perfect. There was enough shade that I didn’t even get burnt while wearing a strapless dress! We also had a bucket of 1oz sunscreen tubes for guests, iced water for the ceremony, and fans as escort cards. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day even with the extra heat.

You’ll be fine. The people you invited supposedly love you. It will take a lot to ruin their day because they’re going into it ready to be happy.

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