Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events, based in Toronto, Ontario! Enjoy:

You’ve spent months on wedding planning and the week of the wedding is here. Hooray! However the local weather network is forecasting rain on your wedding day. Yikes! Very few couples envision rain on their wedding day, however cities where the weather changes all year round, it’s important to have a rain plan in place. Here are my top 5 tips when you might have rain on your wedding day.

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1. Discuss Options with Your 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 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? These might be a good option if it is mid-afternoon in between service and if you need an indoor option for photos. Always call ahead to ask the management if they allow it. Some photographers prefer 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 Some Cute Rainboots

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.

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 a shop like White Umbrella Co. and order as soon as you can. If it doesn’t end up raining, cute umbrellas can still be a nice prop for a few photos.

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.

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!

Rebecca Chan is the owner and lead planner at Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events. She brings her practical and detailed approach to wedding planning to style-savvy couples in Toronto, whether it be an intimate occasion, luxury wedding or something in between.

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