Photos by Pink Penguin Studios
Disclaimer: The photo above does not depict the couples mentioned in this article. It is included solely for illustrative purposes, while certain Reddit threads I discovered online have proven useful.
Redditor u/insidioussmilez gets support from other redditors
"Sweden we have a superstition that if it rains on your wedding dress the marriage will last forever!"
"In Scotland too! A wet knot is much harder to untie"
I’m getting married this week and it is a small destination wedding.
Myself and family are staying for three days and Im so depressed, 90-60% chance of rain each day storms forecast gets worse each time I check.
I’m upset for not only for myself but for everyone who will be traveling as well. It’s a walking city so the weather is not ideal at all.
My wedding ceremony is entirely outdoors.
I asked my day of coordinator about a tent rental and she was not helpful so i Just spent almost $100 on travel umbrellas for guests.
just need to vent— Don’t want to be too negative around the husband to be. I dont get a lot of time off from work and we Haven’t traveled in years so this is just killing Me.
feels Like a giant waste of a trip And money if I’ll be stuck indoors all day. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, just get a tent or make sure theres a covered place from the get go and learn from my mistake.
It called for rain and storms the entire week before my wedding in July. On the day, it only rained for 5 minutes...during our first dance. It made for some really cool pictures:)
If it makes you feel any better, in Sweden we have a superstition that if it rains on your wedding dress the marriage will last forever!
In Scotland too! A wet knot is much harder to untie
My advice is to talk about your feelings with your STBH! Because what is marriage about but helping one another shoulder the little disappointments in life? Its also good to remember that sharing in the joy of your marriage is the real reason that people are traveling to your city—being able to tourist about is a side effect.
You also never know what could happen with the weather, so while I admire that you are trying to be prepared you shouldnt let yourself get too down about it.
There was another bride in here a few weeks ago talking about how it ended up raining on her wedding day and she actually loved the dreamy effect it had on her day. It was pretty cold and damp on our big day a few weeks ago but I loved the feeling of warmth in the venue with all our friends and family!
Where is your destination?
If it’s in Europe, I have traveled there in the fall when there is rain forecasted the entire trip.
But the rain is sporadic, it’s not a full downpour all day long, there’s still periods of sunshine mixed with clouds!
I used to live in Savannah, it was very typical for days with rain forecasted for it to rain for 10-30 minutes mid-afternoon and then be sunny or partly cloudy the whole rest of the day. Fingers crossed it’s that way for your day!
Yeah, unfortunately October is still what we in the South (or at least Florida) consider hurricane season. It can actually be quite wet. At least you're just expecting regular rain and not a hurricane.
I feel your pain, though. We had a sudden weather prediction shift two days before our October outdoor wedding. It was far too late to get a professional tent but, like you, we spent $200 on clear umbrellas.
Hopefully you'll get lucky like we did and the rain will be short and you can enjoy your time outside. It might get quite humid after the rain, though. Cheap hand fans and lots of cool drinks would be great to have around.
It won't be as good as professional tenting but would be better than just umbrellas if it does look like it's going to storm throughout your wedding. If you don't let the tents get too beat up, you can try to recoup some loses selling them on Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, etc.
me too it’s so unfair, exactly everyone gets perfect weather. i actually didn’t even think it through if it rained because the contingency plan at my venue is an ugly cramped ballroom. i am preparing myself for future MIL to tell me rain is good luck and don’t be sad at least 5 times during the rehearsal dinner on the 13th where it will also rain and we also were planning it outside. it’s so bad i am almost laughing to myself how i had this beautiful wedding planned and now it’s going to be a windy rainy miserable day. but the good news is i think once it’s saturday i will have grieved this all and i’ll just be okay with it. trying to feel all my emotions right now and get it out
I just had my wedding Saturday. Lemme tell you it was so windy our arches broke and I also wanted to punch people saying it’s good luck, because 99 percent of people don’t want rain on the wedding day. I will say I was absolutely miserable about it leading up to the wedding, got all my feelings over it out and ended up having the best day. The rain managed to hold off during our ceremony and everyone had a great time including me and my new husband
this!!! 99 percent of people don’t want rain, so why are you telling me it’s good luck. would you want this? no? then don’t say that to me. but i know everyone will make weather comments. i am grieving now so i can have lots of energy and put on a smile when people say this to me. i’m so happy to hear that you had the rain hold off for your ceremony and y’all had a great time. that’s what is most important. no one wishes for rain on their wedding day. that’s why i picked october.. if i wanted rain i would pick march
People are telling you it's good luck because they're trying to get you to let go of worrying about the since you can't control it. And they're probably trying to try and get you to realize what's important about your wedding, and it's not the weather!
Can i ask if you are certain? I was married two weekends ago, and didn't realize it was rain season. The forecast showed rain everyday, but I was told it normally rained once a day in the evenings. I tried not to think about it leading up to it. The venue also had a backup plan to move it inside if needed, but that would've been such a bummer.
EVERYONE was so focused on the party. Literally every single person that I've seen that came to our wedding has been like "that was the best wedding we've been to and the rain made it that much more intimate and special" If I could go back and change it I wouldn't change a single thing.
p.s - when I was upset about the rain everyone was like its not about that it's about marrying your best friend which honestly ultimately was so true. Mu husband and I didn't want to hear it in the moment but it literally the rain won't matter when your wedding day rolls around. Trust me, the rain will make it SO much better and more fun. Literally every wedding I have been to this year has been in the rain and every single one of them has been SO much more fun because of it!
It rained on our wedding day. I wanted to get family pictures outside by a gazebo but we had to take them inside, in front of a chintzy plastic greenery background. Later it was just a drizzle, and our photographer pulled us aside to get a few photos of just us by the gazebo. I didn’t want to leave our guests, but I’m so glad he made us do it, those are my favorite pictures.
My wedding weekend was at the jersey shores few weeks ago. The hotel, boardwalk, and venue were all very close but required walking from one place to the other. Turned out to be a tropical storm. Definitely not ideal, I was very depressed about it as well but it was still the best night of my life. Then a week later, the same location I took pictures at and the venue itself, and all the roads were flooded. I felt incredibly lucky in retrospect.
If it makes you feel any better, I just had my destination wedding/vacation at the end of September and the morning after the wedding I realized I had COVID. We spent the only remaining days of vacation hiding in our hotel room with fevers! We tried to make the best of it, some things are just out of your control!
Rain on Wedding Day? Its all good! hire a Destination Wedding photographer
Fill out your info, we'll text you in 24 hours.
Let’s get to know each other
I hope y'all enjoyed the article. If you want to book an appointment to talk about pricing, features, etc. click on the button below to get y'alls sorted out!
If you're in the early and beginning stages of wedding planning, my friend Devon who owns a wedding planning business might be able to help out!