Your Wedding Rain Plan Guide: What to Do if It Rains for Your Outdoor Wedding

Your Wedding Rain Plan Guide: What to Do if It Rains for Your Outdoor Wedding
Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. They offer a unique and beautiful setting for couples to exchange their vows surrounded by nature. However, one of the biggest concerns when it comes to outdoor weddings is the weather. No matter how carefully you plan, there's always a chance that rain might put a damper on your special day.

An outdoor wedding under the open sky may be the dream, but the unpredictable whims of weather mean that a clear, sunny day can quickly turn into an unexpected rain-soaked event. This comprehensive guide will walk you through creating an effective rain plan to ensure your special day is just as memorable, come rain or shine.

Step 1: Plan Ahead of Time

The key to a successful rain plan is to start planning well in advance. Don't wait until the last minute when the forecast predicts a downpour or even worse, on the day of your wedding. Be prepared for any scenario by having a backup plan in place from the very beginning.

If you have a wedding planner, discuss potential backup options with them. Your planner is there for you, and has likely experienced their fair-share of wedding day rainouts. They can help you come up with a wedding day rain plan that works for you.

Wedding insurance is also a great option to consider. It can provide coverage for unexpected weather-related issues and give you peace of mind in the case of any unforeseen circumstances.


  • [ ] Talk to your wedding planner about potential backup options
  • [ ] Consider purchasing wedding insurance for added peace of mind

Step 2: Consult with Venue and Vendors

Communication is key. Discuss with your venue and each vendor to know their policies and plans for rainy scenarios. Many venues that have outdoor weddings will already have a rain plan in place. Be sure to ask about the logistics, such as where the ceremony will be relocated to and if there are any additional fees.

Your vendors may also have their own rain plan policies. For example, your photographer may suggest alternative photo locations in case of rain, while your caterer may have a backup menu for indoor receptions. Knowing what to expect from each vendor can help you make informed decisions when creating your rain plan.


  • [ ] Confirm rain plan options with your venue.
  • [ ] Talk to each vendor about their individual rain plans.
  • [ ] Compile a list of vendor rain plan details for easy reference.

Step 3: Consider Rental Options

Rental companies offer a variety of structures such as tents with side walls to protect against rain, as well as stylish umbrellas as a backup plan. While these may not be necessary for typical outdoor weddings, they can provide peace of mind and add an elegant touch to your rainy day celebrations.

Of course, remember these rentals cost money! It's important to consider the rain plan early on in the wedding planning process so you don't accidentally bust your budget with last-minute rental fees.


  • [ ] Research local rental companies specializing in tents and outdoor structures.
  • [ ] Choose the rental options that best suit your needs and budget.
  • [ ] Reserve your rentals well in advance.

Step 4: Adjust Timeline and Layout

A little flexibility can go a long way! Depending on the forecast, adjusting your timeline and layout may be necessary. For example, you may need to move the ceremony indoors or delay it slightly to allow for the rain to pass. Discuss these potential changes with your venue and vendors so they have a clear understanding of your backup plan.

In addition, consider adding extra time in between events for potential weather delays. This will help alleviate any stress and ensure that your day runs smoothly even with unexpected weather obstacles.


  • [ ] Review your wedding day timeline for potential adjustments.
  • [ ] Plan a modified layout with your coordinator that accommodates indoor spaces or tented areas.

Step 5: Communicate with Guests

Your guests will appreciate being informed about potential changes to the ceremony due to weather. Text My Wedding is the perfect platform for communicating last minute changes:

“Text My Wedding kept our guests informed throughout the day. We were also able to inform everyone of a last-minute change after the reception. Our favorite part was waking up the day after to everyone's photos in the photo feed. Highly recommend!” - Anne Marie & Mark, 07.09.2022

You should also consider communicating your rain plan in advance on your wedding website. A clear and timely communication of your rain plan will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect.

Also consider providing some rainy day essentials for your guests such as umbrellas or blankets. These small gestures will make them feel valued and comfortable throughout the event.


  • [ ] Set up a Text My Wedding account to communicate any last-minute changes.
  • [ ] Clearly communicate your rain plan on your wedding website.
  • [ ] Consider providing rainy day essentials for guests such as umbrellas or blankets.
  • [ ] Draft a communication plan for informing guests of last-minute changes.

Step 6: Monitor the Forecast

As the saying goes, "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst". Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to your big day. If there's a higher chance of rain, it's important to be proactive and make necessary adjustments early on rather than scrambling at the last minute.

Consider appointing a trustworthy friend or family member to monitor the weather during the wedding. This way, you can enjoy your special day without worrying about potential weather changes.


  • [ ] Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to your wedding day.
  • [ ] Appoint a trustworthy friend or family member to monitor the weather during the event.

Step 7: Embrace the Rain

Sometimes, rain can add a touch of magic to your wedding, giving you unique photos and memories to cherish forever. Don't let a little rain dampen your spirits or ruin your day. Instead, embrace the rain and make the most of it.

You can incorporate weather flavored gifts, such as rain boots or personalized umbrellas, into your wedding favors. During the reception, you can even have a rain-themed cocktail hour with signature drinks like "Raindrop Martini" or "Stormy Sangria". And don't forget to have fun and dance in the rain with your partner!

Remember, what truly matters is the love between you and your partner. Rain or shine, that's something to celebrate!


  • [ ] Be mentally prepared for a shift in plans.
  • [ ] Consider making the rain apart of your wedding with weather-themed cocktails or wedding favors.


Arm yourself with these tips and a proactive attitude, and weather will be the least of your worries on your big day. With the right preparations, a little rain might just bless your wedding with an extra sprinkle of romance and uniqueness. Remember to make regular checks on your progress with this guide's handy checklists to ensure not even a drop of stress seeps in. Happy planning, and may your wedding be as joyful as the first rain after a long dry spell!

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Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

Need to keep your guests informed?Text My Wedding allows you to schedule and send wedding text messages ensuring a smooth day.