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Don’t Let The Weatherman Ruin Your Wedding.

They say this spring is the wettest season in South Dakota history, and I can tell you my rain boots are definitely getting a workout! For all you brides who might be planning an outdoor wedding celebration, don’t let the idea of a few raindrops dampen your spirit. I know, I know—no one wants rain messing with their wedding, but with the right planning, you can prepare for a great day rain or shine. In fact, some of my rainy day weddings are my all-time favorites. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a cute couple under an umbrella.


Now to keep that stress level at a minimum, you do need to do a little bit of back-up preparation for any outdoor wedding or reception plans. Winging it on the day of your wedding is not a good idea.


  • Either reserve big outdoor tents or have a plan for an indoor option, and be prepared to make the call early on your wedding day if you’re going to use them.
  • If it rains, one indoor option is to flip your reception hall into your wedding site and then back again. The dance floor is a great place to place an archway or ceremony décor and guests can just sit at the tables for the wedding. I’ve done this several times and it works out really well.
  • be sure you have a quick way to communicate to your vendors and guests if you do decide to change venues. This is when hiring a wedding planner comes in really handy. I’ve been there and done that so let me take care of details while you take care of YOU.
  • Buy several big umbrellas for shuttling people in and out of the rain and in and out of cars. You can always return them if you don’t use them, but if you want to keep them, consider getting them monogrammed and giving them out as gifts.
  • Have plenty of big towels on hand for wiping off wet chairs, benches and tables, in case a passing storm gets things wet but you can still be outdoors after the rain subsides (I always have big towels with me even if rain isn’t in the forecast).
  • Waterproof makeup and humidity resistant hairspray are your friends. Even if there is no rain.
  • Be a little flexible. If your schedule needs to dance around the raindrops, you may need to wait for a passing storm. If hard rain is headed your way, you may need to start the wedding early to keep everyone safe and dry.
  • If you do end up with a rainy day wedding, you could also end up with some amazing photos. There is just something really romantic about rain and it shows through in great wedding photography. This, my friends, is the silver lining under all those clouds. Don’t be afraid to venture out under the drops to get a few great shots. You’ll cherish those memories forever.

In the end, no matter what, remember the goal of your day: to marry the love of your life. The rest is just a great story—especially if there is some drama involved. You and your guests will never forget the details of a stormy day wedding, but those weddings where everything went according to a nice weather forecast? A dime a dozen. Sometimes it’s really nice to be original!

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