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Your wedding day is right around the corner and the forecast is calling for thunderstorms with a 90% chance of rain – time to head into full panic mode! Your day is absolutely ruined! What about the dove release you so effortlessly planned or the sparkler send off at the end of the night? That surely won’t happen now! That is, unless you planned in advance for rain! Yes, planned for it! You actively took steps to still make it the best day of your life AND you had a smile on your face about it. Curious about what those things exactly are? Here’s how to survive a rainy day wedding!
 

Rule #1Stop checking the weather! Yes I know the forecast can seem daunting when your wedding day is rapidly approaching and it seems as though it’s going to rain. The thing about that is, it’s only a forecast. The weather is bound to change as you approach the actual day of your wedding. It is very possible that the weather can change for the better and you will have a gorgeous wedding day.
Talk with Your Vendors – It’s also very important to have a conversation with your wedding vendors. See if your Photographer has ever shot a wedding in the rain (odds are they have!) or if they have any fun ideas to incorporate into your wedding day. Be sure to have a discussion with your hair + makeup team, to ensure your look stunning all night long.
Embrace It – Now in the event it does rain, you’re going to have to embrace it. Meaning yes, if it’s just a slow drizzle you might still very much be able to utilize your ceremony garden and still have a breathtaking first look outside. Though you may need to include fun props such as clear umbrellas and fun rain boots into the mix. If it’s raining cat’s and dogs then it’s time to kick in that stellar Plan B plan for your wedding you already properly thought out with your planner 😉
 

Though not ideal, rain on a wedding can still be a very romantic and beautiful setting for your wedding. Have you ever seen wedding photos on a rainy day?? They are some of the most gorgeous photos I’ve ever seen!

 

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Remember…”Life is not so much about waiting for the storms to pass as it is about learning to dance in the rain.”


Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!


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After celebrating the union of an amazing couple, one of the best age old traditions is to send the couple off into the world in style as newlyweds. From sparklers to bubbles, couples are now putting unique twists on a grand sendoff that their guests are sure to never forget!

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It is almost impossible to have a sparkler grand sendoff (night or day) and not be amazed by how beautiful it is. Not to mention it’s a great photo-op for the couple!

Photo Cred: Birds of a Feather Photography

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Bubbles are a great two-for-one idea, too! They double as a wedding favor and a sendoff that’s fun and unique.

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Sometimes wedding venues can be strict about sparklers, rice and even flowers being used for a grand exit. If that is the case, a ribbon wand, glow stick, or LED balloon exit would be amazing replacements. You can still have a magical exit that will dazzle your guest!

Confetti anyone? For a burst of color you can purchase explosive confetti poppers at your local party store if you are having an outside wedding, even opting for leaf confetti. Its great for the environment and doesn’t involve any cleanup! If leaves aren’t up your alley but you want confetti that is echo friendly you would definitely benefit from echofetti!

And for a tried and true classic there is always rice! This option is affordable and convenient for every wedding. Just don’t feed any to the birds!

A Grand Sendoff is a great way to cap the night in style. So from sparklers to rice, choose something that reflects you as a couple and have fun with it!

Latoria Williams is a Lead Wedding Planner for Simply Breathe Events

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Woo-hoo you made it to the week of your wedding and congrats are in order! With friends and family coming into town things are seeming pretty chaotic for the time being, but rest assure you’ll be checking into your bridal suite before you know it and getting pampered form head to toe. But before you do that, let’s save you the hassle of feeling like you forgot something by giving you the ultimate list of essentials to pack in your wedding day bag right here in one place. At the very end of this post you’ll also find a PDF version for you to print out and access easily!

Don’t worry girl, you’ve got this!

Your Dress (yes, even the excellent memory sometimes needs a little reminding)

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Flats for the Reception

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Fun Outfits to Get Ready in!

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Wedding Day Jewelry
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Your Accessories
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Your Wedding Shoes
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Other items:
Toothbrush
The rings (If you’re responsible for holding them)
Wedding Undergarments
Outfit for the Next Day
Your Favorite Perfume
Emergency Kit items (If you’re an SBE couple, we’ve got you covered here!)
Passport (If you’re going on their honeymoon right afterwards oversees)
Fancy Hanger for Wedding Dress Shots
Grab the PDF Version of essentials to pack in your wedding day here for easy access!

Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!

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Amanda + Tim were married on June 14, 2016 at Whitehall Manor

Amanda & Tim were such a super sweet couple that to this day I miss chatting with on a daily basis. When I first met these two, Amanda informed me of her family’s tradition (and a true Western Pennsylvania one!) to include homemade cookies from the town she grew up in. I thought to myself, that should be fine, we can certainly accommodate cookies. But little did I know what exactly she had in mind when the cookies arrived in their own vehicle! An exact count was never actually conducted but if I had to guess, I’d say there was close to 300 cookies present at the start of Amanda and Tim’s wedding. And not just any cookies! Every kind of cookie imaginable! Let’s just say I had the biggest sugar rush leaving their wedding that evening!

Keep scrolling to see more photos of Amanda + Tim’s big day by Love Life Images

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Vendors:

Wedding Coordination: Simply Breathe Events

Venue: Whitehall Manor

Photographer: Love Life Images

Flowers: Wegman’s

Makeup: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry

Transportation: Atlantic Coast Charters

Donuts: Sugar Shack

DJ: CK Productions

Tiffany Rivera is a DC WEDDING PLANNER & DC EVENT PLANNER serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!

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Photo Cred: Worthington Photography

Lindsey & Robert were married on January 2, 2016 at 2941 Restaurant in Fairfax, VA.

Lindsey & Robert kicked off the New Year by vowing their love to one another and I couldn’t have been happier to be there for this growing family. I was simply amazed at Lindsey’s ability to plan a wedding with her jam packed schedule during the holiday season. When she reached out to me I was ecstatic to step in as her day-of coordinator and relieve some of the stress for her.

Watching Lindsey & Robert say “I Do” in front of family and friends in front of a beautiful waterfall at 2491 Restaurant was absolutely delightful. Check out some of the amazing photos taken by Worthington Photography!

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Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Simply Breathe Events

Venue: 2941 Restaurant

Makeup: Alison Harper & Co

DJ: DJ Greyhound

Officiant: Lydia Bucklin

Photographer: Worthington Photography

Florist: Anne Custom Floral

Latoria Williams is a Lead Wedding Planner for Simply Breathe Events

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