It’s like ra-ai-in—on your wedding day. Isn’t it ironic? Maybe irony isn’t the word, but an unfortunate coincidence, for sure. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony, planning for bad weather on your wedding day is an important part of the wedding planning process. And while there’s no sure way to avoid bad weather on your wedding day, there are some things you can do in advance to, as Tim Gunn says, make it work.

Chances are if you’re reading this now it’s not the day of your wedding, and you have some time to prepare for a less-than-fortunate forecast (phew!).

So, what can you do if it rains or storms on your wedding day? The wedding planners at Eastlyn Golf Course & The Greenview Inn offer our insights for working with the weather and not against it. Here are three important takeaways.

Preparing for Inclement Weather


Plan B for outdoor ceremonies

Hopefully, when reading this, you’re at the point in your wedding planning before you’ve booked a venue. The reason is, you’ll want to ensure there are last-minute accommodations suitable for your ceremony and reception if you do experience bad weather on your wedding day. The planners at Eastlyn suggest talking to your venue about their protocol for inclement before booking.

If you’ve already booked your venue, there are still some things you can do if you can’t move your ceremony entirely indoors in a light sprinkling. Keep a watchful eye on the forecast leading up to your wedding. Purchase umbrellas to hand out to guests as they arrive if it does rain. You may even get some great wedding shots from a less-than-desirable rainy-day situation!

Talk to your photographer

In the event bad weather is the uninvited guest on your wedding day, you’ll want to make arrangements with your photographer. Sunset photos may be out of the question and your desired spot for wedding shots may change. Just like you made a Plan B with the venue, you should have a Plan B in place for indoor (or even outdoor) wedding photos. Talk with your photographer about potential sites and ideas for amazing wedding photos in case it does storm on your wedding day.

 Embrace the day

Rain or shine, it’s up to you to make the most of any and every situation. You’re getting married! You’re about to embark on the most exciting new journey of your life. Don’t falter to the forecast of what may be a wet and rainy affair—especially if you’ve planned ahead. Smile, and remember that even love can conquer a storm.

Still in the pre-planning phase? Let Eastlyn play its part! Located in Vineland, New Jersey, learn more about our incredible indoor and outdoor wedding venue and catering services by scheduling your appointment to start planning the first day of the rest of your life.