What if we get rain on my wedding day? This is a question we get quite often for adventure elopements! Read on for our top tips!
Rain on my Wedding Day | How to have an Amazing Elopement despite the weather
Set expectations | Wedding Day Rain makes everything slower
We all know the feeling when weather is not ideal for what we want to do. The same activities outside that are a breeze when it’s perfect 70 degree weather take a lot more energy if the rain is coming down.
This is something we take into account when building your elopement timeline. We think about drive times, putting gear on for the weather, having to carry umbrellas, and so on. Depending on the weather we’ll talk about changing plans if necessary to keep your experience as enjoyable as possible! For example instead of a mountain top for photos with the landscape around (that you couldn’t see anyways because of the rain and fog) we might shift to a more sheltered area in the forest. Sometimes, we might have to put our camera gear away entirely to protect the sensitive electronics.
With the changing plans and how much slower everything goes, you might not get the same amount of images in your final gallery as if it had been a perfect day. But don’t worry, your photos are still going to be beautiful!
Don’t worry about your photos
Having said all of the above – don’t worry about what your photos are going to be like. Although everyone loves a good sunrise or sunset (ourselves included!) the soft light of an overcast (and yes, rainy) day will make your photos incredible. Usually, you can’t even see the rain falling in your photos unless you look very close – and it’s part of the story of your day so it should be captured anyways!
Preparing for Rain on your Wedding Day
Bring the right gear
The right gear makes all the difference! Preparing with umbrellas (clear are the best!). This is one of our favorite tricks – when you can keep the rain off of your face and shoulders it makes a huge difference in enjoying the moment.
Also, bringing a waterproof blanket to stay warm between photos & boots for dry feet are some of our top recommendations. (We have a complete gear list in our VIP client guide!). Another tip – coffee or hot chocolate!
Have more than one backup plan
We always try to go with our primary plan despite the weather. After all, you chose your elopement locations for specific reasons! We want to get you to these spots where you can enjoy being out in nature in the place you had in mind.
However, sometimes things just don’t work out. We’ll fall back to other locations as needed, but every so often those might not work either. This is why we always recommend that the place you rent for accommodations have attributes that can make it work for your wedding. Many vacation rentals have awesome views and even a backyard with plenty of space. If we need it, we can always fall back to someplace you can stay dry and go outside for photos when there is a break in the weather.
We might find out by looking at the radar that it’s a complete washout of rain an hour away at your elopement location, or that a tropical storm decided on your wedding day to blow through the area. That’s when we’ll all be thankful for the backup plan!
Embrace the weather!
Rain on your wedding day might not be your first choice, but with the right gear and attitude it’s actually a lot of fun! It’s an adventure elopement after all – get some dirt on your dress, splash around in the puddles, and pop that bubbly to celebrate!