{Beach Wedding} What Happens if it Rains

How many times have you wondered what happens with your Destin beach wedding if it rains? Did you loose some sleep over it? Does it gets worse the closer your wedding gets?

So lets talk about RAIN!

Here are our your options:

{Option 1} Have a back up location. For most this is a banquette room in a condo or hotel where you are staying or a reception hall. This is the most popular option BUT my least favorite one. You have dreamed of a BEACH wedding ceremony and not to be locked in a small room with no windows. So rain should not stop you! With a little flexibility (from you, your guests, and your vendors) there is no reason you should miss out on a beautiful beach wedding ceremony and pictures on the beach. and that brings us to the next option.

{Option 2} Play with time. If you are having a beach wedding in Florida, then this option is almost perfect for you. Rain here is usually short, so you can change the time of your ceremony accordingly.  Here are the steps: check the weather forecast two days before your wedding (do not look earlier than that because it is not that accurate), then check it again the day before. Analyze what you see- what is the chance of rain?- if it is 70% or more then talk to your coordinator about changing the time of your wedding and be prepared to make a decision that night or the next morning. This gives us plenty of time to contact all of the vendors and gives you plenty of time to let your guests know of the change.  If it is less than 70% relax and look at it the next morning (if you have a wedding coordinator she will do all of this for you). In the morning look at the forecast hour by hour (this will give you a better idea) and then see what time there is the least chance of rain. For example:

2 pm 30% rain

3 pm 20% rain

4 pm 10% rain

5 pm 50% rain

6 pm 70% rain with thunderstorms

7 pm 70% rain with thunderstorms

If your wedding is scheduled for 6 pm,  it is probably a good idea to move it to 3 pm or 4 pm.

{Option 3} Choose a beach wedding location that has a covered pavilion on the beach or a beach house that has big covered porch. This option is great if you do not have the flexibility of moving the time for your ceremony or if rain starts right before your ceremony. One of the cons of this is that some decorations can’t be set up there, such as chairs (due to the space) or our bamboo arbor (can only be set up in the sand). Personally, this is a much more preferred option than {option 1}, because you still have the beach and ocean and as a backdrop.

Again, rain is quite short here is Florida, so once it is over we can proceed with the photo shoot on the beach. If it does not stop ask your photographer if he/she can meet you the next day for a photo shoot (Edina and Mayya offer that at no extra cost).

{Options 4} It has been raining all day with no end in site. The weather forecast shows 100% chance of rain. Now what do you do? Call you wedding coordinator, if she hasn’t called you yet 🙂  This is where you turn to {option 3} and schedule a photo shoot on the beach for the next day or move your wedding ceremony to the next day. Tip: When you are planning  a beach ceremony, do not schedule to leave the next day.

Whatever option you opt for do not let rain ruin your special day.  Do not stress out! It is your day and everything will be alright.

Happy beach wedding planning,



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