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  • Writer's pictureSophisticated Weddings

Sometimes It Rains.

It happens. Sometimes it rains. If the forecast shows a chance of precipitation on your wedding day, there’s no need to fret. With the right mindset and preparations in place, you can embrace this natural phenomenon, because the rainbow is never too far behind.

pictured: from the "Sophisticated Weddings" 2019 cover feature, "An Arresting Match", photographed at Capitale by Chris L. for Brett Matthews Gallery,

with "S.W.A.T." star David Lim and wife, Marketa Kazdova.

Be Prepared

Preparing for what may feel like the worst is your best bet for maintaining composure when the weather goes awry. Having a planner on hand to think of the little things can make all the difference. Inevitably they will find solutions you may not have ever considered, and make the day run exponentially smoother so you can focus on enjoying it.

A flexible timeline can also allow for any delays the rain may cause, and get you in-sync with Mother Nature’s plans. Having the right styling team and beauty products on hand is absolutely essential, and having them stay with you for the duration of the wedding day is always a good idea. They will be sure to preserve your wedding day look so that it is flawless, and keep you from working overtime to touch yourself up.

Blessing In Disguise: Finding Beauty In Imperfection

In many cultures around the world, rain on one’s wedding day is regarded as a good omen. Symbolizing luck, unity, fertility, and cleansing, there’s more to the notion than just superstition. Some of the most beautiful photographs we’ve seen from weddings happened while it was raining. It is no coincidence that many of the greatest love scenes to come out of Hollywood have taken place in the rain. Simply put, it is romantic, photogenic, and often accompanies celestial scenery for impactful photographs. It also brings the couple closer together, and aligns the shot for a most candid and emotional capture.

Gimme Shelter: Plan B

When standing in the rain is the last thing you’re looking for, having an alternate solution is key. Get a secondary photo permit for an indoor space in case it rains. Iconic New York spaces like Grand Central, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library, for example. Love the idea of getting portraits in these beautiful locations but don’t know where to begin? Utilizing a planner’s expertise may just be the answer. They will be able to assist in filing for the permits and permissions necessary, and make gaining access uncomplicated and hassle-free.

Making The Best Of It

At the end of the day, all that matters is that you’re in this together, ready to tackle whatever will be with love and passion, no matter the climate. A positive outlook definitely helps. Looking at the enhanced potential is one way to combat the rainy day blues. Some of the most creative elements we’ve seen at a wedding were the product of ideas surrounding inclement weather. Having the bridal party wear brightly colored rain boots beneath their dresses, or accessorizing your gown with a beautifully decorated parasol, or even clear umbrellas will make for memorable photographs. You can get creative and color coordinate the look, giving guests an accessory to hold that blends in with the décor scheme. One couple even collected the rainfall from their wedding day in a glass jar, and saved it for the christening of their first child. The possibilities to turn lemons into lemonade are absolutely endless.

Rain or shine, the fireworks will go off without a hitch, figuratively and literally. Don’t let a little water spoil what is certain to be a fabulous day, and most definitely an interesting story to be told.


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