Top 3 Tips for Rain on Your Wedding Day

North Carolina is known for having some of the prettiest blue skies in the entire country, making for sparkling weather-perfect wedding days throughout the year.  If you’ve spent much time here, you also know that our weather often changes quickly and very dramatically. In just one day you can experience an entire range of seasons in NC!  If you are planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to build a backup plan early in the event that you have rain on your wedding day.

While you can’t predict the weather on your wedding day, you can take important steps during the planning process to ensure that your ceremony and reception maintain your personal style and vision.  Follow these 3 simple steps to creating a wedding day rainy weather backup plan. Above all, be flexible and trust that your day will be unforgettable, whatever the weather!

Tip 1: Choose a Venue Location That Offers a Spacious Indoor Backup Option

If there’s rain on your wedding day, you will want an indoor “Plan B” option that still reflects your sense of style and can be adapted quickly and easily. Most importantly, the indoor space should be adequate enough to comfortably seat all of your guests during both your ceremony and reception. Don’t forget to review possible seating arrangements and talk to your venue coordinator about how much time you’ll have to decide which option works best prior to your wedding.

You’ll find The Pavilion at Carriage Farm’s stunningly appointed 10,000 square-foot indoor space is anything but ordinary – it’s flexible, functional, and filled with enchanting drama. Designed to accommodate up to 300 guests with plenty of room for dinner and dancing, you won’t be settling for a setback, but celebrating in style.

Photo courtesy: Cameron Thompson Photography

Tip 2: But What About Photos If There’s Rain on Your Wedding ay?

Skilled photographers will tell you, it’s the moments that matter! Ultimately, you want wedding day photos that capture your uniqueness as a couple and it’s in these unscripted moments that the magic happens. Now you can do a few things to prepare and plan ahead: 

  • As you are interviewing photographers, ask questions about how they handle unpredictable weather. Look for versatility in their work and examples of well-lit photos taken both indoor and out.
  • When choosing a venue with indoor options, look for settings that have unique features or architecture like staircases, fireplaces, high-ceilings and covered porches that can serve as backdrops for photos if the weather takes a turn.
  • Follow the light and lots of it! Keep an eye out for spaces with large windows and plenty of warm natural light.  And remember, cloudy days are often the very best for photos because there’s a lovely soft glow, fewer harsh shadows and if you’re really lucky a rainbow may appear!

At Pavilion at Carriage Farm, we’ve got you covered. Literally. 

Indoors you will find a stunning space that radiates romance. Setting the stage for unforgettable wedding photos, light pours in from every angle through our walls of windows and a gorgeous warmth is reflected in the rustic wood tones and the grand, wood-burning field-stone fireplace. We’ve perfectly married the beauty of nature and brought elements of the outdoors, indoors.

Photo courtesy: Jaimie Beth Photography

Don’t Forget to Dance in the Rain

Learning to make the most of unexpected situations is a key ingredient in any good marriage.  Take this opportunity to laugh together and find joy in the way your day unfolds. Here are few suggestions for finding the fun in funny weather:

  • Play nature sounds during cocktail hour or before the ceremony, think rainforest or birds.
  • Wear rain boots under your wedding dress for a pop of color and pizzazz!
  • Use clear umbrellas as favors for your guests or props during photos.
  • Use your sense of smell! Highlight the natural feel of a rainy day with fresh scents infused into your floral arrangements, like fresh pine, honeysuckle, or jasmine. 
  • Serve warm drinks to keep guests cozy like hot cocoa, local apple cider or flavored coffee creations.
  • Play up the drama. Make your last dance in the rain. An unforgettable, sizzling sendoff of sorts!

Regardless of what Mother Nature has in-store, don’t let the weather dampen your spirits, instead embrace the weather and the incredible love you share!  

At Pavilion at Carriage Farm, we’ll work with you to formulate backup plans and take care of weather-related details so you can enjoy every moment of your special day. Contact us today to schedule a private tour. (919)621-2648