Rain on Your Wedding Day

No bride hopes for rain on her wedding day, but the truth is, the possibility is there.

According to weather.com, the month of May in Philadelphia sees an average of 3.71 inches of rain, making it the 3rd highest month for precipitation (on a positive note—the average temperature is 74). Instead of stressing about a rainy day, my goal is to embrace the fact and be prepared.

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Hoping the rain doesn’t look like this, though

(Personal photo – I was pummeled by rain on the Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

When you Google “rainy day weddings,” there are plenty of photos out there. In fact, many of them are so striking that it almost (almost) makes you wish for rain yourself.

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Source – photo by Becca Dilley Photography
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Source – photo by Victoria Souza
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Source – photo by Susan Stripling Photography

The Hive’s own Mrs. French Fries is among the couples with beautiful rainy day shots.

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Source (Mrs. French Fries’ recaps) – photo by M Three Studio

But how does Googling other people’s rainy day weddings help me? Well, it ultimately helped me come up with some great ideas—some feasible, others aspirational.

1. Rain boots for the bridal party

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Source – photo by Concept Photography

I had big plans for rain boots. BIG.

My original plan for the bridesmaids was to buy them each a pair of cute rainboots (preferably green, to go with our color scheme) and use them as the “bag” for their other gifts. I had their shoe sizes and everything. Besides being handy if the wedding day was rainy, I thought they would enjoy a good pair of rain boots for their daily commute (many of the bridesmaids walk or take public transit to work).

Unfortunately, it is rather hard to find 7 pairs of similar rain boots for a decent price (was going to get a navy pair for myself). I’ve perused Gilt, Rue La La, etc. with no luck. Not to say I have fully abandoned this idea, but it’s a lot less likely at this point. Any suggestions?

2. Cute (coordinating) umbrellas

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Source – photo by Robert Winton

Yes, in a time of need, any umbrella will do, but who wouldn’t want to be prepared with something in keeping with the rest of the day?

I’m currently in the process of searching for navy, green or white umbrellas (preferably golf-style) at a good price to have on hand for the wedding day. Ideally we’ll have a mix of big and little umbrellas, including those that are wind-resistant.

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I liked this one, but just cannot justify the price

3. Alternative Photo Plans

As of right now, one of our main photo sites is Rittenhouse Square (after all, the venue is right there), but in the event of rain, it may not be feasible.

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Winter photo in the Square – wish they kept the lights up all year long

Source – Photo by Tyler Boye Photography

However, we have spoken to our photographer and he is a big fan of using 30th Street Station as an alternative photo site.

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I can get behind this – love the architecture

Alice & Rob’s wedding – photo by Philip Gabriel

In the end, it doesn’t matter whether it rains or pours…Mr. Turkey and I will be married. However, it doesn’t hurt to be ready for the possibility. Maybe it’s just me, but seeing these rainy day pictures reduces stress around the weather.

Are you preparing for the possibility of rain on your wedding day? Any rainy day brides able to share tips?

And yes, I channeled a little Alanis Morissette (specifically, Ironic) with this title.

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Mrs. Turkey

Location:
Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
May 2012

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:01 pm

    @eleroo02: Like I said and you reinforced – rain or shine, you’re married. And now I’m also going to be googling for umbrella in a bottle.

    @Miss_Manda: …and smart! I like how you’re thinking :)

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:18 pm

    Mrs Jaguar had some fantastic rainy photos. Helps that Sydney Harbor and Opera House were the backdrop. And I’m buying rainboots. If it rains the day before, I am not trekking my brand new Jack Rogers through mud.

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    scone 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:20 pm

    Try Zulily.com! It’s a flash sale sight but they regularly run rain boots :)

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:51 pm

    @Future Army Wife: Definitely don’t want to ruin your new shoes!!

    @Miss Scone: Awesome – thanks! I’m going to spend all night on the internet with everyone’s great suggestions.

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    coyote 1508 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:00 pm

    I was (am?) so afraid of rain that I made sure everything is indoors. Getting ready/ceremony/reception is all in one spot and our venue even has an amazing location to take photos inside if it comes down to it.

    I am kinda lovin’ the idea of matching rain boots though!! So cute!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:16 pm

    I am half and half about rain. My fiance will be in uniform and I overheard that an umbrella is not considered part of uniform (please no one correct me if I am wrong) So what I overheard is that he should not be carrying one. I think it would be adorable to be holding the umbrella for him. And for our Bridesmaids to be holding the umbrellas for the groomsman. It just seems silly and the thought that he shouldn’t be holding it because its out of uniform makes me smile even more.
    :-D

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    novacaineandlaughter 1101 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:01 pm

    I hope it rains on my wedding day! I’m having a winter wedding but it doesn’t exactly snow in Southern California so the next best thing is rain.

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    jaguar 6127 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:59 pm

    Our rainy day wedding gumboots were from Target. :)

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    Kkaattii 818 posts, Busy bee @ 5:44 am

    I actually got some rainboots at Wal-Mart for like 12$ aha they have all sizes! Cheeeap alternative!

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    Ms. Walking Horse 6 posts, Newbee @ 8:58 am

    Oh, a Disney picture! A Bee after my own heart :)

    I’m with you… the pictures are so cute that you wish you could have them, but you don’t really want it to rain. I also would love snow, however, I’m getting married in September so not likely. Hopefully just lots of lovely fall leaves in my pictures! Please share if you find a good deal on the boots!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:14 am

    Ha love the hollywood studios picture. I was going to second Target. Hope you find something that works! I want to say I hope it doesn’t rain, but then you would have gotten all prepared for nothing! You have the best attitude about it all, either way you will be married :)

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    Christina, Guest @ 9:49 pm

    I don’t have any advice on the boots that hasn’t already been posted, but I did want to say that 30th Street Station would be a great indoor photo location! That building is awesome!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 2:48 pm

    @Miss Coyote: I hear you – if we had an outdoor wedding, I probably would have been stressed out from day 1!

    Also, hope you’re planning to do some indoor photos at your venue no matter what – amazing space!!

    @Miss Ke Aloha: Oh – you DEFINITELY have to do that!!

    @novacaineandlaughter: It snowed in “Father of the Bride” for a winter wedding :) (my only reference to SoCal weather…)

    @Mrs. Jaguar: Target seems to be the place to go!

    @Kkaattii: Great deal!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 2:50 pm

    @Ms. Walking Horse: Fall leaves would be wonderful. Will be wishing for lots of reds and yellows and oranges for you!

    @Miss Castle: That’s the hope! And the photo makes me laugh every time my mom pulls it out. I had NO idea how wet I was going to get.

    @Christina: It is a great space and, according to our photographer, underutilized.

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