Everything You Need for Your Rain-Day Wedding Back-Up Plan

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There are some things that happen on your wedding day that you simply can't control. Sometimes that thing is a fight between family members or the cake vendor not showing up until hours after the wedding is over. But sometimes that thing you can't control is one of the most important factors of your wedding day — weather. If you're planning on saying "I do" outdoors or you have a component of your wedding outside, it's key to have a rainy-day back-up plan just in case. Even if you're sure it won't rain, because it seems to never rain in that area, or during that time of year, it's a good idea to have a plan B just in case the weather decides to laugh in your wedding day glammed up face. Here's what you should have on your rainy-day wedding back-up plan.

1. Umbrellas

Keep a few of these on hand just in case the rain follows you on your wedding day. These will be important and be your shelter if a sudden rainstorm decides to fly through.

2. An Indoor Space

Even if you really want your ceremony to be outdoors, make sure you have an indoor space reserved just to be safe. Even if that space isn't ideal or as beautiful, it's important to have it as a plan B in case it starts raining. Your guests will thank you, forever, for not making them sit outside in the rain.

3. A Place for Food to Be Stored

If you're planning on having your reception outdoors, be sure to have an indoor spot you can keep the food if rain suddenly comes down. That way, all your food won't be spoiled.

4. An After Party

If rain comes to crash your wedding and the venue isn't working out as much as you hoped, have an after party lined up. That way, guests can always stop home and dry off before continuing the party some place else.

5. A change of shoes

Nobody likes to walk around with wet feet. Keep a spare pair of shoes in your bag in case you need to dry your feet and put on a new pair of kicks for dancing.

6. Big Towels

You might need them to wipe yourself off if you get stuck taking photos in the rain or if it suddenly downpours on you during the ceremony.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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