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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


Mrs. Turkey

Wedding Date:
May 2012
$175 Necklace Knock Off
Gallery of the Day
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  1. Member
    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 1:13 pm

    Try Target for rain boots! They always have a TON and I’ve never spent more than $25. :)

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    RobynD99 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:19 pm

    My wedding is in 17 days and it’s been so rainy in Texas! We thought we’d be fine to have an outdoor garden wedding but i guess the year after a drought is super rainy :( Keep your fingers crossed it’s a beautiful day for us!

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:20 pm

    I got some bridal rain boots (They are clear with lace inside…)and a really cute umbrella.

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    Cara, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    It rained on my parents’ wedding day and they had to move their outdoor wedding indoors…they’re about to celebrate their 30th anniversary, so I like to think that the old adage of rain on your wedding day being good luck is true :)

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    MrsHis, Guest @ 1:23 pm

    I worried about rain at our beach wedding. But we only had nine guests and a dog. Life was good. It didn’t rain, and if it had I only would have known by looking at pics. I had tunnel vision… I didn’t even know who was there, except for my friend that drove me.

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:26 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out! :) I think that being prepared (rain, no rain) is what’s key – I hadn’t even considered the possibility of rain until the week of our wedding, then nixed the idea of buying rain boots because I was superstitious and thought that buying them would make it rain! Suffice to say, the boots would have come in handy! 😉

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:27 pm

    Check Ross or TJ Maxx…even Walmart has had some cute ones! No rain for us, but snow, and it was still perfect. Looking back you won’t think the rain ruined your day :)

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    amber, Guest @ 1:29 pm

    The rainboot picture is awesome. Actually, I hope it pours on our wedding day. Our jeweler has a promotion right now that if it rains 1 inch at the local airport on our wedding day, we get our wedding rings for free. (They would reimberse us for the cost of the rings we purchased). Our wedding date is at the beginning of June though, so it is a long shot. Come on rain…

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    Jenni, Guest @ 1:48 pm

    Bella Umbrella (located in Seattle, but they ship anywhere) rents BEAUTIFUL umbrellas. They aren’t much less than the golf umbrellas you posted, but they’re amazing. http://bellaumbrella.com/

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    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 1:51 pm

    I have 12 clear umbrellas like the one in the first rainy bride pic that we didn’t need, haven’t used. They’re in the Philly area if you want them :) I also splurged on yellow Huner boots juuust in case. I think being prepared kept the rain away!

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    maggieg, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    @Miss Aardvark: PLEASE tell me where you got the lace rain boots!
    @Mrs. Thimble: are you willing to ship those umbrellas?

    Last year it was hot and 94 degrees on our wedding day – here’s hoping for 75 and partly cloudy (my photographer says partly cloudy makes for the best pictures!)

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    Valdrine 264 posts, Helper bee @ 2:06 pm

    Go to Target.com! Rainboots in all colors, $25ish. Is that in your price range?

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:18 pm

    I love rain boot shots, but not enough that I actually wanted rain :) I think it’s smart to be prepared and have a back up plan, hopefully that would lessen the disappointment if it does actually rain.

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    eleroo02 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:23 pm

    We had rain and 40 mph winds. The downpour did keep us in for most of the day and we weren’t able to get our first look photos outside and the ceremony had to be moved indoors, but it didn’t matter. We had the most amazing wedding filled with family and happiness. And the wind made for some amazing veil pictures.

    I think you can find pretty cute umbrellas for pretty cheap. I don’t know who makes them but I’ve seen fairly reasonably priced umbrellas that come in a wine/champagne bottle.

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    kirafiki, Guest @ 3:36 pm

    Everyone else has already suggested target or walmart for rainboots. THey don’t have to be fancy, exp if no one ends up using them. I gave everyone in out bridal party an umbrella too. I ended up getting them on sale at Old Navy. They always have umbrellas for pretty cheap in cool patterns.

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 3:43 pm

    I think your “plan for the worst and hope for the best” attitude is absolutely right. And those rain boot photos DO look totally stunning! Rather than gifting your girls the boots, could you secretly buy them, then return them if they end up unused due to a perfect sunny day? Don’t think of me as cheap – just pragmatic! :)

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    Vintage Garden Bride 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:55 pm

    Did you know you can rent umbrellas? I’ve been looking at some super cute vintage ones from Bella Umbrella. They have so many crazy looking ones, and there may be one there you can snatch up that goes with your theme/color scheme!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:54 pm

    @StephK527: @Valdrine: @kirafiki: Target! Who knew? Thank you, ladies! I will be on there tonight.

    @Jenni: @Vintage Garden Bride: I didn’t know about renting umbrellas. Another website to visit this evening.

    @RobynD99: Fingers (and toes) crossed for you! Maybe it’s getting the rain out of its system before your big day!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:56 pm

    @Miss Aardvark: YES! Please share where you got those rainboots – sound so cute.

    @Cara: Definitely good luck for your parents!! Congrats to them.

    @MrsHis: Sounds like the day was a blur – hope you enjoy looking at your (good weather) photos!

    @Mrs. French Fries: Loved your photos (not just those outside)! And I always think the opposite – if I bring an umbrella it will NOT rain. Hasn’t always panned out, though 😉

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:59 pm

    @Mrs. Honey: Your gorgeous photos make me want snow too :) And I really should make a trip out to the Maxx.

    @amber: That’s a great promo!

    @Mrs. Thimble: I may be in touch!

    @maggieg: Fingers crossed you get the weather you want.

    @Mrs. Pony: True…I guess it’s reverse psychology in a way.

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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 184 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 1960 posts, Buzzing 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.

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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 6502 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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