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February 2023

What To Do If It Rains on Your Wedding Day

Worried it might rain on your wedding day? Here are some ways to prepare.

Sweater weather has been lovely lately, but if you have an upcoming wedding, all this rain could be making you really anxious. Living in a tropical country like Singapore means that you need to consider the possibility of rain on your wedding day. Especially if you’re planning for an outdoor celebration, a wet weather plan is always a good idea.

Tropical weather can be very fickle, and weather forecasts can’t always be relied upon. Booking your wedding date in a “sunny” month doesn’t guarantee perfect weather either. Seeing dark clouds on the horizon in the days leading up to your wedding can be very worrisome. You might be feeling anxious that your photos will turn out dark, that your outdoor solemnisation will be ruined, or that your bridal hair and makeup will melt off in the rain.

But there’s no reason to let rain ruin your wedding. In fact, in some cultures, rain signifies good luck and a long marriage! In the Hindu tradition, rain means a lasting marriage, since a wet knot is harder to untie. Other cultures believe rain signifies a clean slate for newlyweds as it washes away any bad memories. Rain is also believed to predict fertility, fortune, and abundance. Rain on your wedding day is good luck, it seems!

Edlyn and Fabian’s Teochew Opera Pre-Wedding Shoot by The Peeping Thom

How to Prepare for Rain on your Wedding Day

You can’t dictate the weather, but you can definitely take some steps to prepare for the possibility of rain on your wedding day. With a wet weather plan in place, you can rest assured that your wedding day will be magical regardless of rain or shine, and continue preparing for the best day of your lives without anxiety!

Check the weather forecast in the 48 hours leading up to your wedding date, when it’s more accurate. If it’s projected to drizzle a little before your wedding event, you could just shift your schedule accordingly. If you see that the chances for a thunderstorm are at 90%, then you can put your wet weather plans into motion.

Have a Wet Weather Plan

If you’re having any wedding event outdoors, whether it’s a garden ceremony, or a photo taking session in nature, plan an alternative in the event that it does rain on your wedding day. Having a contingency plan not only puts your minds at ease, it also allows your vendors to snap into action and know exactly what to do during your time-sensitive big day.

Talk to your venue and your planner about alternatives. For example, if you have an outdoor solemnisation ceremony planned, discuss whether you’d prefer a marquee in the event of rain, or whether you would be moving the ceremony indoors. Will the set up need a new layout? Which of the decor and furniture need to be brought in? If you’re moving to the same location as your reception, will you need to reset the furniture after the ceremony? Having a backup plan that’s conducive to your wedding vision is all part of the whole wedding planning process.

Patricia and Martijn’s Island Luxe Wedding in Khayangan Estate, Bali by Terralogical

What to Bring on a Rainy Wedding Day

If the forecast predicts rain on your wedding day, come prepared. Pack a clear umbrella that will look great in photos and won’t mar your wedding look. Ask your hairstylist to prepare a hairdryer in case your hair gets wet, and bring a change of shoes too. Prepare umbrellas for your guests as well, which can also double as a wedding favour!

Let Go and Be Flexible

The weather is out of your control, and once you accept that, you’ll free yourself from anxiety and be able to focus on what’s truly important–getting married. If it does rain on your wedding day, don’t let it rain on your parade. You could even make the most of it by having a romantic photoshoot in the rain, a la The Notebook, or by letting your hair down at the end of the wedding and dancing in the rain! After all, together, you can weather any storm.

Credits: Feature image from Jane and Joel’s Fun-Loving Pre-Wedding Shoot in The Outdoors at Jurong Lake Gardens and Canterbury by Dapper Pictures

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What To Do If It Rains on Your Wedding Day