How to Weatherproof Your Wedding

Planning Advice


When it comes to planning weddings, preparation is key! As the saying goes: “The show must go on!” rain or shine. So much time, effort, and emotions go into making sure every detail is perfect. You don’t want unpredictable weather ruining anything that you worked so hard to bring to life. So, here are my tips on how to weatherproof your wedding. Do these few things and your big day with be beautiful, regardless of weather!

Research the weather

Know the weather like the back of your hand. Wherever you choose to get married, you’ll want to research weather patterns. This can help you choose the best, most reliable time of year to get married there. Or, if you already have a date set, you’ll know what to expect and can prepare accordingly. Of course, there will always be exceptions, but this helps you select an optimal date and not unknowingly select the rainy season.

Always have a backup plan

Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to weatherproof. If you have a plan A and B, you won’t be disappointed when the weather doesn’t go as planned. For outdoor ceremonies and receptions, have tents or a backup location ready in case of rain. If the day is abnormally hot, make sure that your venue is equipped with air conditioning or fans. Similarly, if the day is very cold, space heaters or fire pits can make a big difference in your comfort. When you plan your backup plan, discuss the changes in your decor options ahead of time. This can add costs but there are still ways to make it look spectacular!

Protect hair, makeup, and attire

To prevent smudged eye makeup as a result of sweat, rain, or tears, wear waterproof mascara. Be sure to bring an emergency hair and makeup kit along with you to fix yourself up (or hire your stylist to stay on throughout the day with you for touchups).

You definitely don’t want to walk into your reception with a dirty gown. Choose your walking course carefully and enlist the help of others to carry your gown across any dirt or water. I suggest bringing a pair of rain boots to each location to get you through any obstacles and ensure your ceremony site has been dried if it rained earlier in the day.

Book reliable transportation and plan an exit strategy

Between events, you don’t want to get stuck in the rain, the blistering sun, or the frigid wind waiting for your ride. Keep your look looking fresh and plan to have your transportation arrive early, so that you don’t have downtime out in the elements. Make sure you have a safe route in mind to get you and your guests out of covered areas and to the means of transportation to minimize time spent outside. And ideally, your site would have a holding area or indoor room for the wedding party and couple!

Stock up on essentials

Umbrellas, raincoats, rain boots, tarps, and tents will be your best friends in case of rain. Water, hand fans, and airflow will protect you and your guests in a heat wave. Hot drinks, blankets, and hand warmers will help everyone stay toasty during a winter wedding. Being prepared with these essentials will ensure that people are comfortable and that the attention is solely on you and your spouse. If guests are comfortable and happy, they’ll stay until the last dance!

Now that we’ve covered the basics, you’ll be ready for anything Mother Nature throws at you on your big day. Following these tips to weatherproof your wedding will lessen your stress, so you don’t have to keep checking the weather app. But, no matter what, remember to focus on the joy of your wedding day even if things don’t go exactly as planned.



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