My friend Taylor married the love of her life a couple weeks ago! I hadn't been a guest at a wedding since 2011, although I did work at a wedding last December.
One thing that Taylor's wedding and last year's wedding had in common: when it rains, it pours.
Yes, it rained at both weddings. With the December wedding, it rained pretty hard before the ceremony, and at my dear friend's wedding, it rained quite a bit after the ceremony and before the reception. At both of these weddings, the ceremonies and receptions were in the same place. (Check out some of the heavy rain from the first wedding in my video above!)
With the first wedding, huge white tents were put up in case it rained during the duration of the wedding. Luckily, it only rained during setup and by the time the bridal party and family of the bride and groom came to finish last minute details, the sun was out.
With Taylor's wedding, she sent out texts to everyone to bring umbrellas to prepare for the rain the day before. I unfortunately didn't have time to get an umbrella before the wedding, but most of the guests got the memo.
I had also only been to her hometown once before, but it was in the summer. So I had also underestimated how cold it would be compared to the beach city I live in. (Why didn't I consider this?!) I was also sick at the time, which probably didn't help anything.
I had assumed that there would be tents up to prevent the rain from falling on everyone at Taylor's wedding, but realized that there were only two small ones, not enough to cover everyone and were not covering the tables or anything.
With that being said, it's always good to over prepare for situations like this.
Two tips to cover up for a rainy wedding:
+ Bring an umbrella! This one is an obvious one. If you suspect that it will be rainy due to what the weather app on your phone says or heavy rain the night before, then it would be smart to bring an umbrella. Simple as that. I like the ones that Forever 21 sells.
+ Wrap a scarf around your head. I didn't have an umbrella and was freezing cold, so I bought a scarf at an outlet we stopped at on the way to the wedding. This scarf, as you can see, is super furry, making it very warm for my neck and my cold self. When it rained, I wrapped the scarf over my head to protect my head/hair from getting wet. It did its job pretty well, I might add.
You never know what to expect at weddings, so it's always good to be prepared so you can focus on the love of the couple for that special day.
Do you have any interesting wedding stories? Any other tips on how you handled a wedding in the rain?