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What to Do If It Rains on Your Wedding Day in Tampa, Florida 

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November 11, 2022


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Most couples dread the idea of rain on their wedding day. But, I’m here to tell you that rainy weather doesn’t have to mean a ruined wedding! In fact, many people believe it’s a sign of a blessing and of good luck. As a Tampa wedding photographer, I’ve experienced plenty of bad weather. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips of what to do if it rains on your wedding day! The bottom line is being prepared will help you feel confident about your wedding day, no matter the weather. 

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How to Prepare for Florida Weather on Your Wedding Day 

Florida is known for its rainy summers, so it’s important to be prepared. For many couples, we encourage you to have a plan A, B, and C with your venue and vendors. These plans will help you feel confident that no matter the weather, your event will be spectacular. By discussing your options early on, there won’t be any major last minute decisions happening on your wedding day. Planning keeps vendors from scrambling and your stress levels down. 

Plan B for Your Tampa Venue 

Take the time to discuss a Plan B with your venue or event coordinator, especially if your ceremony or reception is meant to be outside. Plan B may be a tent or an indoor space. Take the time to walk through where your decor will be, how it will look, and what might need to happen to make Plan B a reality. Your venue or event coordinator can also lay out the weather that might necessitate this move on the day of your event. Additionally, knowing how long the team might need to transition your space from ceremony to reception is also important so you can create adjustments for the timelines or alternate timelines with your photographer. 

Discuss Options with Your Photographer 

Speaking of your photographer, make sure to touch base with them too about the weather. Your Florida wedding photographer is likely already pretty used to the threat of bad weather, but chatting with them about how to adjust your wedding day timeline for weather will help calm your nerves, too. They can discuss other options for portraits – spaces inside or around the venue that will work regardless of the weather. Your photographer will work with you to create beautiful moments, no matter the weather! They’ll also be able to prepare with you – things like clear umbrellas – to help create romantic images on the day of your wedding.  

How to Embrace a Rainy Wedding Day

As you watch the forecast leading up to your wedding day, consider potential ways to embrace the rainy weather. First of all, don’t panic. Truly. Your vendors are here to help you create the day of your dreams. If rainy weather seems almost certain, consider ways to make the most of it. Grab yourself some clear umbrellas, a special pair of white rain boots (or even a monogrammed pair!) and lean into it. Rainy wedding days are still beautiful – and at the end of the day, you’re still married! Plus, there’s something incredibly romantic about rainy portraits!! 

How to prepare for and embrace a rainy wedding day in Tampa Florida: tips to discuss plans with your wedding vendors for Plan A, B, and C

At the end of the day, bad or rainy weather on a wedding day truly comes down to planning and your attitude. Work closely with your vendors to create backup plans (and a backup plan to that!) so that your wedding day will still go off without a hitch. And remember, bad weather doesn’t have to mean a bad wedding day. Most importantly, making all of these plans doesn’t mean your wedding day will be rainy – but it will help you make the most of the weather you have!

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I love getting to capture these special moments so that you can remember your wedding day for the rest of your life! For me, your wedding day is so much more than just a day.

You deserve a wedding photographer who is invested in you and capturing every moment! Reach out and let’s connect to book your wedding day here in Florida (or around the world)!


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