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
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  1. castle Member
    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!

  3. turkey Member
    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!

  4. turkey Member
    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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