A Guide To Planning For Rain On Your Wedding Day

October 19, 2022 | riley

So you’ve been planning your wedding for months–booked your vendors, found the perfect wedding day outfit, invited all of your friends and family–only to discover there’s a chance of rain on the big day. We know this can feel like the end of the world after all the hard work you’ve put in. But there’s no reason to let a little storm ruin one of the most important days of your life.

If you know there could be a chance of rain on your special day and want to be as prepared as possible, we’ve got some tips for you. From formulating a backup plan with your venue beforehand to supplying your guests with blankets and umbrellas, you can still pull off your dream day in even the worst weather.

Rain On Your Wedding Day Is Good Luck

First and foremost, before you start panicking about the chance of rain on your wedding day, it’s important to remember that it’s good luck. We know that you’ve probably heard that before and will most likely hear it multiple times throughout the day. It may not soothe your nerves entirely, but hopefully, it calms them a little bit. Who doesn’t want to be blessed with fortune, abundance, and a long-lasting marriage on their special day, after all?

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How To Plan For Rain On Your Wedding Day

Discuss It Beforehand With Your Venue

If you know there’s a chance for rain, discussing the possibility beforehand with your venue is crucial. Since they most likely host weddings frequently, there’s a very good chance that they have a backup option in the likelihood of rain–whether it be moving the wedding inside or renting a tent. If you have a wedding planner or coordinator, they’ll be able to have this discussion with the venue for you, which can help alleviate some of the stress.

Consider Renting A Tent

If you are set on having an outdoor wedding, and your venue allows a tent, consider renting one in case of inclement weather. We understand that you may have picked your venue because of the beautiful surrounding scenery, and you’re not willing to sacrifice those views. Luckily, there are a variety of clear-paneled tents that offer unobstructed views. They also happen to look beautiful in the evening when decorated with fairy lights. 

Create Extra Lighting With Candles

Speaking of lighting, the gloomy clouds may make the day much darker than expected if you’re hosting an outdoor celebration. To create some extra lighting, set up candles throughout the venue. This gives you a soft glow that helps illuminate the space while also making the setting that much more romantic. 

Be Prepared For A Timeline Shift

Rainstorms are truly unpredictable, which means some will last 20-minutes while others may last hours. Because of this, we know that many couples opt to wait the storm out to see if it stops. It may also take more time to round up your wedding party for photos or move your guests from one location to another. All of this to say, be prepared for a timeline shift. Have a strict schedule? Hiring a planner ensures that things move along in a quicker fashion.

Have Rain Supplies For Guests

Your guests want to celebrate your love no matter what. So it’s essential to keep them as comfortable as possible throughout the day. Rain supplies such as umbrellas, blankets, towels, and heaters will help keep them dry and willing to party with you and your significant other all night. 

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Have a Rain Plan For Hair And Makeup

Rain and wind can wreak havoc on your wedding beauty look. To ensure that you look wedding ready all day long, you may want to consider an updo rather than loose curls and nothing but waterproof makeup. If you’re taking your photos after the ceremony, have your hair stylist stay for touch-ups, and have your maid of honor keep a makeup bag close by with everything you need to freshen up before portraits.

Don’t Let It Damper Your Day

You can do everything in your power to prepare for the rain, but the biggest piece of advice we can give is to embrace it. You’re allowed time to mourn the wedding you envisioned, but don’t let these emotions dictate your day. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re tying the knot with the love of your life. Plus, rain makes for epic wedding stories and even better photos!

We know that planning for rain on your wedding day can feel like an added layer of stress to the whirlwind that is wedding planning. That’s why we can’t recommend hiring a wedding planner enough. To find the perfect planner for you, check out our directory of wedding planners from around the world.

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Everything You Need To Know About Planning An Italy Destination Wedding

October 18, 2022 | riley

It’s no secret that Italy is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth–which is why it’s no surprise that it’s one of the hottest spots for destination weddings. With incredible architecture, delectable cuisine, stunning coastlines, and vineyards galore, it has something for everyone. But like with every other kind of destination wedding, there’s a lot that goes into planning.

From ensuring that you’re legally married to choosing the perfect venue for you and your significant other, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about hosting an Italy destination wedding. So pour yourself an Aperol Spritz and get ready to get to planning.

Top Cities For An Italy Destination Wedding

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most popular destinations for an Italy wedding. Villages like Postino, Sorrento, and Ravello boast scenic backdrops, incredibly blue waters, colorful buildings, and a wide variety of venues–both luxurious and budget-friendly. And because all the villages are right next to one another, it’s easy to hop around if you’re looking to explore all the Italy coastline has to offer.


Located in southern Italy, Puglia has a little bit of everything. Beautiful weather, Instagram-worthy ocean views, a laidback atmosphere, and medieval architecture make it the perfect spot for anyone searching for a traditional Italian affair. 

Image by Stefano Santucci Photography. See more of this real wedding here


If you and your significant other are big wine drinkers, you’re sure to love Tuscany. With hundreds of villas to choose from, everywhere you tie the knot in Tuscany will be met with views of rolling green hills. The delicious wine and food are just an added bonus. Not to mention the fact that there are two major international airports nearby, so it’s easy to get to and navigate once there.

Lake Como 

Although Lake Como is a little more difficult to get to, it’s worth it once you see the scenery. Littered with beautiful villages like Bellagio, Menaggio, and Tremezzo, Lake Como is home to some of the most beautiful views in all of Italy. It has many larger venues for those having big weddings, but it’s also known for its small villas ideal for micro weddings and elopements. And what’s more magical than a boat ride at sunset after saying “I do?”


We know that not everyone is looking for oceanfront weddings. If you’re more interested in a city wedding full of culture and rich heritage, Rome is the city for you. It has a never-ending list of historical monuments that date back thousands of years, along with lush gardens and incredible restaurants.

Best Time Of Year For An Italy Destination Wedding

The weather in Italy can vary drastically depending on the region. However, most weddings in Italy take place from April to October. This is when the temperature is the mildest, with plenty of sunshine. If you are more inland, it can get warm during the summer, so it’s best to look at your particular destination.

Because of this popularity with tourists, these months also happen to be peak season, which means less availability for venues, vendors, and lodging, and higher pricing. If you want to save a little money, consider the shoulder seasons, right before and after the summer. Just be mindful that you may be met with chillier temperatures and rain.

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What Does An Italy Destination Wedding Cost?

Because traveling to Italy is more expensive than other destinations, Italian destination weddings are typically cheaper because they tend to be smaller–though this is not always the case. The overall cost is anywhere from €20,000 – €35,000. However, take this number with a grain of salt. It truly depends on how many guests you plan to have, where the wedding takes place, etc.

It’s also wise to remember that the euro is worth less than the USD, which means things will cost a little more. To help you stay on budget, check out our free budget planning tool, where you can track all of your spending during the planning process

What Costs Should You Cover For Your Guests? 

As with any other destination wedding, the costs you cover for your guests are entirely up to you and your significant other. Typically your guests are in charge of paying for their own airfare, lodging, food, etc. Because of this, your guest list may end up trimming itself naturally. Don’t be offended if people can’t make it for financial reasons.

The one thing that we do recommend is setting up a hotel block for your guests. This gives them a discounted rate at a hotel near the venue so they can save a little money and be close to all the fun.

When Should You Send Out Save The Dates & Invites?

If you’re hosting a destination wedding, it’s crucial to send out save the dates as soon as possible. Ideally, this would fall about eight to twelve months before the big day. After that, you’d want to send out invitations about six months before the wedding. This ensures that they have plenty of time to plan accordingly.

When Should You Begin Booking Your Vendors?

The earlier you book your vendors, the better. If you’ve had your eye on a particular vendor for some time now, reach out to them ASAP to ensure they’re available for your date. And don’t be afraid to bring a vendor from home if they’re willing to travel. Just remember that you will have to pay for their travel expenses. 

Should You Hire A Wedding Planner?

We’re firm believers that wedding planners are vital to help keep wedding stress at bay–especially when planning a destination wedding. They are familiar with the location, its vendors, the legal requirements to tie the knot in Italy, and know tips and tricks that can save you money in the long run. Not sure how to find the perfect wedding planner for you? Check out our directory of wedding planners from Italy.

Image by Blancorazon Wedding. See more of this real elopement here

Legal Requirements For An Italy Destination Wedding

There are a lot of legal requirements that one should keep in mind when planning an Italy destination wedding. That’s why many people choose to tie the knot in their home country before they jet off and have a symbolic ceremony. However, if you are looking to legally marry in the country, you need some documentation:

  • A valid passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Divorce papers or death certificates, if relevant
  • An affidavit sworn before a consular office in your home country
  • An Atto Notorio signed by two witnesses (can’t be family members)
  • A declaration of intent to marry

If you’re planning on having a religious ceremony in a church, you also need further documentation. You must also incorporate a civil ceremony if it’s a non-Catholic religious wedding before you can celebrate in a house of worship. 

Sound like a lot to keep up with? We know. That’s why many people choose to get married at home before they do so in Italy. Our advice is to research your destination’s legal requirements early in the planning process to ensure you have everything you need. This is another reason planners are so helpful.

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Ways To Incorporate Italian Culture Into Your Wedding

No Gold

If you’re planning on saying “I do” in Italy, they suggest not wearing gold (beyond your ring) on your wedding day. The Italians believe that it brings bad luck to the couple.

Throwing Rice

You may have heard of guests throwing rice at the couple as they make their way down the aisle after pledging their love to one another, but did you know that originated from the ancient Romans? It was thought to bring fertility, wealth, and good luck to the newlyweds. It’s a practice that’s still around to this day.

Confetti and Bomboniere

Italian confetti is not what you likely think it is. Rather than small shreds of paper that you throw when celebrating, Italian confetti is candied almonds handed out as a wedding favor at the end of the night. When placed on the table in a small bag or box, it’s known as a bomboniere. Tradition says that confetti should be given away in odd numbers–three, five, or seven pieces per guest. 

La Tarantella

La Tarantella is a popular Italian folk dance involving guests holding hands in a circle and moving clockwise until the music speeds up and they change directions. What was once thought to cure symptoms of a spider bite is now performed to wish the couple good luck in their future together.

Millefoglie Italian Wedding Cake

While Italy doesn’t have a traditional wedding cake, there is a dessert they love to eat when celebrating, known as the millefoglie (aka “1000 layers”) cake. This cake is made of layers of puff pastry filled with cream and topped with fresh berries and powdered sugar. 

We know that nailing a budget down for your Italy destination wedding can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve broken it down for you and created a free budget spreadsheet so that you can keep track of your expenses and have the wedding of your dreams.

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Sentimental And Boho Bird’s Eye Cove Farm Wedding

October 17, 2022 | justine

A charming barn venue, dreamy floral arrangements, and ethereal wedding fashion—Jessica and Christopher’s Bird’s Eye Cove Farm wedding is a dream come true for those who love boho vibes and a rustic, cozy atmosphere. And not only that, their celebration was filled with thoughtful touches that were personal to them and the people they love the most. There was so much love poured into every detail, making their day that much more special and unforgettable. 

Their big day was definitely a family affair, starting with a sweet first look with Jessica’s dad, followed by a beautiful ceremony with the bride sharing the spotlight with their daughter. The barn doors, feathery pampas, and the picturesque setting of rolling hills and fields made for a beautiful backdrop for their heartfelt vow exchange. And to top it all off, the couple’s dreamy style perfectly fit the gorgeous countryside landscape. The glowing bride showed off her baby bump in a flowy dress featuring an illusion neckline, statement sleeves, and puddle train.

The sentimental and intimate nature of the celebration mixed with the earthy and carefree style, truly brought this wedding together. Scroll through these swoon-worthy images captured by Junebug member Rivkah Photography to discover unique ideas that’ll inspire you to weave your love story into your big day. 

The Couple:

Jessica and Christopher

The Wedding:

Bird’s Eye Cove Farm, Duncan, BC, Canada

Personalizing Their Bird’s Eye Cove Farm Wedding By Including Their Loved Ones

We incorporated our family in many different ways. Our sweet little Louisa walked down the aisle before me. Chris got down on one knee, gave her a ring pop, vowed his unconditional love and protection, and asked her if he could marry her mommy. My dad had just rebuilt a 1950’s Chevy delivery van and I shocked him by asking if he would drive us to the altar in his new wheels. He was so, so excited! It was an extraordinary father-daughter moment. Growing up, my mom was a superwoman. She was our rock and our world. Even when I was in my teens, I always knew I wanted both my parents to walk me down the aisle. So my dad drove us up to the altar, where my mom was waiting for us, and I got to walk with them, hand in hand, to my fiancé waiting for me in front of an old barn to say I do.

Writing Their Own Vows Was Difficult But Worth It

The most memorable part of the day for me would, hands down, be saying my vows out loud to Chris. It was so unbelievably emotional. So powerful and magical. It brought up such intense feelings and memories and filled my heart with gratitude and love for the man I was about to marry. My vows didn’t come to me easily. I tried to write them weeks in advance but could never put thought to paper. It wasn’t until the night before that all the words came pouring out of me, and truthfully, they were the best vows I could have ever written.

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Honoring Loved Ones Who Have Passed With The Bridal Fashion

My late fiancé Clinton (before Chris) passed away almost six years ago. Clinton is tethered to me in a way I can’t explain. He is such an important part of my existence and I am the person Chris fell in love with because of Clinton. I just needed to have a piece of him with me on my wedding day. In honor of Clinton, I wore his great aunt’s light pink double-layered pearl necklace. Putting this on was heartbreaking and mending at the same time. It’s a moment that means so much to me, and I will never forget it. Also, the bracelet wrapped around my bouquet belonged to my husband’s mom, who passed away when Chris was only three years old. This bracelet was given to me by Chris’ godmother, and it’s one of my most treasured belongings. Not having my mother-in-law in my life has left so many holes in my heart and world. I gripped that bracelet and my bouquet as if I was holding her hand. It felt like she was beside me, giving me all the love and comfort I needed and wanted that day. I’ve never met her, but I love her so deeply.

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Maximizing Time With Loved Ones By Extending The Celebration

We rented the most extraordinary, jaw-dropping Airbnb in our hometown, which was perfect! Because we didn’t go right back to everyday life, it’s like we got to continue our wedding celebrations, and to top it off, we had our daughter and family members. That meant so much to us there. It was the best decision.

Embracing Being A Pregnant Bride

At first, I was confused about how I felt being eight months pregnant with our second child on our wedding day. It’s something I never dreamt of or envisioned for my wedding. But now, it’s one of my favorite parts. I am so in love and obsessed that our son was there, in my belly, and that I was a glowing pregnant mama bride. I couldn’t imagine it any other way now and just thinking about it makes me feel so smitten. 

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A Surprise Proposal On The Day Of Their Bird’s Eye Cove Farm Wedding

Chris proposed to me on our wedding day. We have a young daughter together and are expecting our second. Because the diamond for my ring was in Ontario and wouldn’t arrive until two days before the wedding, he couldn’t propose sooner. I had no idea that this was happening–that he was waiting on an heirloom diamond for my engagement ring. The morning of our wedding day, I got called out to the lower balcony of our Airbnb, where Chris was waiting for me. At first, I was confused, and then it all hit me. How could I be so nervous when we were already getting married? But I was. My heart started beating out of my chest as he got down on one knee and made me the funniest and sweetest promises for life. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Rivkah Photography
Event Planning – Blue Lily Events
Ceremony Venue – Birds Eye Cove Farm
Reception Venue – Cow Cafe
Floral Design – Night Song Farm
Event Design – Your Dream Theme Events
Officiant – Young, Hip, & Married
Hair Styling – Willow Hairstyle
Wedding Dress – Boom Blush
Groom’s Apparel – Moore’s
Rings – Paul Mara Jewellers
Favors – Little Magick Shop


Congratulations to Jessica and Christopher on their sentimental and boho Bird’s Eye Cove Farm wedding. Junebug member Rivkah Photography did an amazing job capturing every heartfelt moment and beautiful detail. Be inspired by more weddings like this by checking out her profile in our directory of talented photographers from around the world.

Some of the best weddings are packed with authentic touches that tell a story about the couple. Not quite sure how to achieve this? Check out our guide for inspiration to make your celebration unique and unforgettable. 

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