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5 Tips to Survive Unpredictable Wedding Day Weather

We're all about outdoor weddings, especially in our beautiful state of North Carolina! Whether you are planning your big day on a dreamy mountain top, at a gorgeous beach, or in a fairytale garden, there is something about an outdoor event that makes the day feel truly special. Yet, a good wedding planner will warn that Mother Nature can be a sneaky guest.

Picture this: you've meticulously planned every detail of your dream outdoor wedding, from the flower arrangements to the seating chart, only to wake up on your big day to dark clouds looming overhead.

While you can't control the weather, you can certainly prepare for it. In this blog post, we'll explore expert advice, from our own experiences and the experiences of other pros, to help you create a weather contingency plan to ensure your special day remains magical, come rain or shine.

Outdoor weddings

1. Choose the Right Venue

Choose a venue with indoor and outdoor options. Find a venue with a lovely indoor space as a backup in case of bad weather.  Make sure to visit the venue in person and discuss contingency plans with the venue coordinator to ensure everything is in place.

 2. Have a Clear Communication Plan

Communication plays a vital role in executing your weather backup strategy. Make sure all vendors know the contingency plans and have contact details for key staff in case of emergencies. Inform your guests by mentioning the weather plan in invitations and updating them through email or social media closer to the wedding date.

3. Invest in Tents and Rentals

If your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony or reception, consider renting tents and other outdoor equipment to provide shelter from the elements. Tents can be decorated to complement your wedding theme and offer protection from rain, wind, and excessive sun. Remember to also consider renting additional heaters or fans to keep your guests comfortable in all weather conditions.

Rainy day wedding. It's good luck to have rain on your wedding day.

4. Embrace the Beauty of Rainy Day Weddings

While rain on your wedding day may not be what you initially envisioned, it can create a magical atmosphere and unique photo opportunities. Embrace the charm of rainy day weddings by offering umbrellas for guests and adding rain boots and stylish umbrellas to your bridal party outfits. Remember, it's not about the weather; it's about celebrating love and commitment with your partner and loved ones.

5. Stay Flexible and Keep a Positive Attitude

No matter how meticulously you plan, there's always a chance that Mother Nature will surprise you. Stay flexible and keep a positive attitude, knowing that you've done everything in your power to prepare for the unexpected. At the end of the day, what matters most is saying "I do" surrounded by the people you love, regardless of the weather outside.


At Divine Nine, we recognize the challenges that come with outdoor weddings. We'll help you prepare thoroughly and stay positive to overcome any obstacles. Count on us to help you choose the ideal venue, improve communication, and appreciate the charm of rainy weddings. With our experience, your wedding day will be unforgettable, no matter the weather.

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