Yes, you need a rain plan. And—yes!—it can be every bit as enchanting as sunshine and clear skies, if you do it right.
The bride and groom share a picture-perfect moment.
An old wives’ tale claims that rain on your wedding day is good luck for your marriage. For Caroline and Kris Hedges, it also brought a lovely ambiance to their Hamptons nuptials.
The couple envisioned an outdoor, black-tie wedding at a unique, refined venue. Stone Meadow Farm, an equestrian estate in East Hampton, fit the bill with its intimate cottages, sprawling grounds, and hidden-garden vibe.
The couple knew that when planning an outdoor wedding, the weather is the one factor you can’t control. So when the wedding day turned wet, Caroline and Kris were not caught unawares. They had a contingency plan set for the ceremony: a clear tent that allowed for a view of the grounds while keeping guests dry. “Having the rain and overall cooler weather actually made the event more comfortable for our guests,” says Caroline.
“You always need a solid plan B,” says wedding planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie. Be sure you have a tent for the reception, and drop the sides in case of rain. It’s always a good rule of thumb to arrange for backup tents and umbrellas for your guests to ensure comfort during the event. As for your photos, prior to the day, discuss with your photographer and hairstylist alternate locations and hairstyles in case it’s humid and rainy.
Putting weather plans in place prior to the big day ensures you’ll be able to fully enjoy your wedding—rain or shine.