Down Came The Rain

Good News: There is just over a week until our wedding, which means we are clear into 10-day forecast range.Bad News:

Thankfully, our ceremony and reception are indoors, but I was still hoping to take some pictures around Cleveland’s Little Italy. Can’t you just imagine the great shots we could get?

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If it’s pouring down rain, I think that walking around town will be a no-go, since I really don’t want to trash my dress before the reception. But if it’s just drizzling, or a little damp, I think we could do it, so long as we have a giant umbrella.

What are you doing in case it rains on your wedding day? (And anyone have a suggestion for a giant umbrella?)


Ms. Dahlia

Wedding Date:
May 2008
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    jen, Guest @ 5:50 pm

    I scheduled my half indoor/half outdoor reception in February in Miami. It NEVER rains in February in Miami. The 10-day forecast leading up to my wedding date, said that it would rain. Guess what? It didn’t rain. I spent hundreds of $ on a tent, so I’m guessing that’s why it didn’t rain. I say go out and by the umbrellas, so it won’t rain. GL!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:27 pm

    I hope it doesn’t rain, but if it does – I’ve heard rain is good luck and Umbrella shots are so cute :)

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    KatyStardust, Guest @ 6:50 pm

    I will end up having to rent over $3k worth of tents if it rains. My fingers will not go uncrossed until my wedding day.

    Thank goodness for Farmer’s Almanacs or I’d be a wreck until my 10-day forecast!

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    beesknees 719 posts, Busy bee @ 6:54 pm

    Buy some silly rain boots too- has 78 pairs of rainboots- I’m sure you could find one to match your personality or wedding color :)

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    amysue 1492 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:20 pm

    we’re cramming under a tent and into the living room of the historic mansion on whose lawn we’re hoping to get married. oh well. : )

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    peacock 376 posts, Helper bee @ 7:51 pm

    I have seen some really neat rain shots. Rain clouds can look very cool in the background. Umbrellas and rainboots are also very cute in pictures :) Plus, the weather in the midwest is so crazy in May. You could have lotsa sunshine!

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    bluebell 310 posts, Helper bee @ 8:00 pm

    My best friend got married on Sunday, and the ten day forecast had rain for days and days both before AND after (and including) her wedding day for the entire time leading up to the wedding. It sprinkled the morning of and was grey. And ended up being pretty much the most beautiful day ever. :-) So don’t worry TOO too much!

    But yeah, even if it’s raining, there are lots of cute photo ops with that!!!

    We pretty much didn’t have a rain plan, which was dumb considering it rained the entire month up to and including my brother’s wedding in the same place last year, but our weather ended up being perfect!

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    princesskittyHI, Guest @ 8:18 pm

    I refused the tents, and insisted there would be no rain. I made it happen. =P

    My hubs and the MOH’s hubs obsessively checked NOAA for 36 hours and freaked about its insistence that it would rain, but I still won out.

    The link is here:

    It’s pretty cool b/c you can actually pinpoint the weather station nearest your location. (If you do the zipcode thing, a map will show on the right side of the screen that allows you to click points on the map to get even closer to your location.)

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    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:32 pm

    Hey, it’s only a 30% chance though! It won’t rain all day and maybe it won’t rain at all. (Unless that’s humidity…)

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    Linda, Guest @ 12:43 am

    Golf Umbrellas. They are huge! GL! Sending no rain vibes to you!

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    Corey, Guest @ 1:14 am

    I have a wedding to shoot that day in Canton and my bride is worried about the rain as well for her outdoor shots. I promise you – some of the CUTEST pictures I have seen of the bride and groom are outside with umbrellas. I love the idea of the rainboots above, how CUTE and great would that be with the backdrops you love?

    Bring a blowdryer if it is pouring that day so if your dress does get damp you can get it a bit dry so you aren’t soaking at the reception (if it is a delicate material bring a towel as well and put the dress sandwiched between the towels and put the heat on low). As long as your dress isn’t silk you should be fine!

    My wedding day they predicted rain but it never rained a drop! This is Ohio – they never know for sure what is going to happen 😉

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    GorgesViola, Guest @ 1:36 am

    Ohhhh… I just heard that the old Presti’s Donuts is closed… I’m sure it happened long ago but I haven’t lived near Cleveland since 2001. So if you couldn’t get a pic near there anyway, Little Italy isn’t worth it. :-( Just kidding, sort of… but you can definitely get absolutely priceless pictures in the rain!

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    sltroester 18 posts, Newbee @ 9:08 am

    Yeh… don’t worry! changes seriously by the minute. Yesterday morning, I checked our wedding day (same day as you!) here in Charlotte, and it was saying it will be party cloudy with a 10% chance of rain.

    By the end of the afternoon it was saying thunderstorms with a 60% chance of rain. Hopefully it’s changed again!

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    mrswhitetobe, Guest @ 10:03 am

    i’m getting married on the 17th, too! :) feeling ready?

    i’ve been monitoring the weather, but it is too far out to truly know. don’t worry, yet.

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 11:50 am

    Its SO not gonna rain for you, Miss D. Just telling you now. :)

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    NearlyMsSubrosa 288 posts, Helper bee @ 1:16 pm

    I almost want it to rain for my wedding because the huge umbrellas are just so cute! Almost…

    Fingers crossed for you :)

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    KRunRun 39 posts, Newbee @ 9:44 am

    If you can’t get outside pics in Little Italy (I’m drooling right now thinking about Pretsi’s), have you considered seeing if you can take indoor pics in Severence Hall or the Art Museum? I’ve seen gorgeous pics from both places.

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    ErinMarieMack 728 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    Rain is supposed to be good luck, as others have said, and the lighting will be amazing in your pictures! Plus, umbrella shots are super cute:)

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    kristi, Guest @ 3:28 pm

    i just got married this past saturday and it rained the WHOLE day! we just went with it and took shots outside with umbrellas and cute rain shoes. i hope they turned out cute! the lighting is actually better for pictures when it’s cloudy! :)

    moral of the story- it won’t be the end of the world if it does rain. just be prepared for it!

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    baderin 29 posts, Newbee @ 11:50 am

    Overcast days give great light for photos, like other people have said – no squinting! We got black and white golf umbrellas at Target just in case and ended having to use them for about half the photos, which all turned out great – umbrella shots are adorable! If you definitely don’t want rain, take heart – I read an interesting article on the Freakonomics blog that in long range forecasting, weatherman would be more accurate if they just predicted it wouldn’t rain every single day than they are right now, and that they’re really only even worried about being accurate within 3 days, so try to not worry about it yet.

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