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Rainy Wedding in New Orleans

How to Prepare for a Rainy Wedding Day in Baton Rouge


Whether it is a little drizzle or a hurricane, there is no reason to let a rainy wedding ruin the celebration of your love! It is one of the most common concerns for couples getting ready for their big day. Everyone involved is constantly refreshing their weather apps in the days leading up to wedding day hoping and praying for perfect weather. We all want sunny and temperate weather, but just in case, we have some tips to make sure you keep your chin (and your umbrella) high!

Have a Rain Plan for Your Ceremony

If you plan to tie the knot outdoors, it is important to make sure you discuss rainy wedding plans with your venue. Does the venue have an indoor site? Is this site large enough to fit all of your friends and family? If your venue does not have an indoor site, we recommend reserving a large tent from a rental company to keep your venue and all of your guests warm and dry. Make sure to have lots of umbrellas nearby just in case too!


While you are still planning to be outdoors even despite the weather, buy lots of umbrellas. For pictures, you will want to get at least enough for the whole wedding party. One umbrella can cover two people depending on the size. If you decide to go the tentless route, you will want to invest in more umbrellas for your guests. Clear umbrellas are always a staple, however, some couples choose umbrellas that match their wedding color scheme. It is also possible that your photographer or venue will have a few umbrellas on hand. Check-in with them in case of an umbrella shortage!

Let Your Guests Know

If your outdoor wedding is happening rain or shine, try to keep all of your wedding guests in the loop! They will want to be prepared with jackets, umbrellas, and proper shoes if they will be outside for a while.

Create a Flexible Schedule

Sometimes, when it rains, it pours and there is not a lot anyone can do about it. However, if scattered showers are predicted on your big day, it is possible to plan around them. Make sure to plan extra time in between events to allow for photos and video to be moved around.

Prepare a Photo Plan with your Photographer

Most couples plan for their wedding portraits to be taken outside. However, you will want to plan with your photographer to create a rain plan just in case. Determine whether there are any photogenic locations around your venue or the surrounding areas. Places like covered porches can be used as a good backup plan. If there are no good covered spots, you might consider going to a nearby location that is a short drive away. While we all hope you and your wedding party are content with grabbing umbrellas and taking pictures in the rain, it is not always possible. Strong winds and lightning can put a damper on getting the best shots and those umbrellas will not provide enough protection for you.

Look on the Bright Side

The wind and rain are not things you can control, so why stress over them? Be prepared to roll with the punches if you have a rainy wedding day! You are going to marry the love of your life and celebrate that love with your friends and family. Do not let the weather stop you from having what is supposed to be the best day of your life!

Complete Weddings + Events in Baton Rouge

Rain may be the bane of our existence on the wedding day, but sometimes it happens! Baton Rouge wedding professionals know how to react and adapt to these situations. Our team at Complete Weddings + Events has been in these situations before, and we will make sure we do our jobs properly! Our office staff is a text or phone call away (225-769-2229) for advice. To set up a consultation for your wedding or event, Contact Complete today!

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