You’ve dreamed of the outdoor ceremony with your friends and family, with a whimsical wedding dress and beautiful sunshine behind you. But the wedding week is here and the weather forecast isn’t dreaming of the same thing. When there is rain in the forecast, make sure you are prepared for the just in case. We are all too familiar with rainy wedding days, so we compiled 5 tips to help you stay prepared. Also bookmark our sister company White Umbrella Co, Toronto’s wedding umbrella delivery service.

Tips for rainy weddings with Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events
Photo: Tara Lilly Photography

1. Discuss options with your wedding photographer

When it comes to rain, what it impacts the most will be your wedding photos. Naturally, this means you should discuss options with your photographer.

Do they have ideas for nearby indoor options you can consider and do they require permits?
Are there outdoor areas that have some coverage in case it is just light drizzles?
Do you have a favourite coffee shop, restaurant or café?

Some photographers don’t mind rain actually, because it makes for more interesting photos! Usually it is on the wedding day that you make the call for where you end up going, but having some pre-meditated options will be great to have in your back pocket.

2. Find cute rain boots

Cute rainboots would be a nice gift for your bridesmaids if it ends up raining, don’t you think? Find some that are all matching, so you can get through the rain in style. If it doesn’t end up raining, you can always return them back to the store! But it’s great if you have them on hand, in case it is heavy rain.

Tips for rainy weddings with Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events
Photo: Aron Goss Photography

3. Invest in white or clear umbrellas

White or clear umbrellas are a great option for wedding photos. Check with your photographer to see which they prefer to shoot with. Some photographers love the look of the clear umbrellas while others prefer the white umbrellas that create a softer feel for photographs. You may have your own preference too.

Get a matching set for each pair in your wedding party, and maybe get a special one for just you two getting married.

Check out our sister shop White Umbrella Co. and order as soon as you can. They specialize in rush shipping of wedding umbrellas in Toronto. If it doesn’t end up raining, cute umbrellas can still be a nice prop for a few photos, or they can shield you from the hot sun.

4. Bring towels

It it rains, it will be wet. This means your feet will be wet and your dress will be wet. Stay dry and help your wedding party stay dry with some towels on hand. It will especially be useful just before the ceremony and just after anything outdoors.

Tips for rainy weddings with Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events
Photo: Simply Lace Photography

5. Don’t sweat it

Wedding days rarely run perfectly as planned. It might be a bummer to have rain on your wedding day, but at least it will make for a story to tell! As with anything related to your wedding – don’t sweat it and try to enjoy the day. The important thing is you will be getting married with your closest family and friends. It will be a wonderful celebration regardless!


This article first appeared in WeddingLovely.


Rebecca Chan is a Toronto wedding planner and day of wedding coordinator providing sophisticated planning for the style-savvy couple. Whether you need planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Rebecca can help you create your dream wedding day. Contact her today, she'd love to hear from you.