You’re slipping on your dress and finishing up the final touches on your makeup when you look outside and see those grey storm clouds rolling in … just in time for your grand entrance. Before you start shouting profanities and getting discouraged, remember these two things: First, rain is believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance which falls generously on the bride and groom. Second, there is always a plan B that is just as fabulous as plan A. So if those April showers come raining down on you, take a deep breath, because luck is on your side.

Take advantage of the photo op
Ummm pictures in the pouring rain with your groom? I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get more romantic than that. Grab a cute pair of rain boots, an umbrella for two and spend some time with your photographer creating unique pictures that you’ll love looking back on thinking “I’m glad it rained!” Have a few umbrellas for your wedding party that match your theme colors for some truly adorable photos.

Have an indoor option
If you’re getting married outdoors, it’s important you have a backup plan in place just in case the skies begin turning grey. You could rent a tent big enough to accommodate all of your guests and carry on with the ceremony. Just make sure the tent is sided in case of strong winds. You’ll want those candles to stay lit! You could also look for a venue that has an indoor option on the property. Some venues have options with a large number of windows to give it that outdoor feel without the inclement weather.

Prepare your hair
With outdoor nuptials, there’s always the possibility of rain. Therefore, you’re going to want to talk to your hairstylist about what to do with your tresses if the rain and wind wreck havoc on your locks. You may want to carry along some last-minute touch-up supplies like hairspray, straighteners, bobby pins, etc. The same goes for your makeup! Make sure you have the tools to touch up your beautiful face in case the rain decides to wipe some of it off.

Keep the big picture in mind
A wedding day in the pouring rain may not be what you had always imagined ever since you were a little girl, but if at the end of the day you’re still married to the love of your life, well, I’d take that as a big win.

Do you have anymore tips for an especially rainy wedding day? Share your thoughts with us!

Photo credit: Chellise Michael Photography