The key to avoiding those sleepless nights is to be prepared!
If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony or reception plan your day during a typically dry month. It isn't totally foolproof however it will lessen the chances of wet weather.
Australian brides, check out the Bureau of Meteorology before setting the date. Average temperatures and rainfall stats are easy to access.
Check the Weather Forecast
The BOM can accuratey predict the weather within 5-7 days. Keep an eye on the forecast to avoid a last minute rush. You will have plenty of time to activate your wet weather plans and advise guests and suppliers of the changes.
Plan B for the Ceremony
If you are getting married on a beach consider hiring a marquee. It will protect you from the elements if it does rain and guests will be grateful for some shade even if the day is warm and sunny.
Alternatively you could arrange for a ceremony at the reception venue whether it be in the room itself or on a balcony area.
Reception venues which offer courtyard ceremonies usually provide you with a secondary venue option for inclement weather. Just be sure to read the fine print as there may be an additional cost.
Photography in Wet Weather
Some of the most gorgeous wedding pics I have ever seen were taken in the rain. The lighting is clear and bright and the effect can be beautiful and moody.
Get your photographer's thoughts, they will have done this before and might have some locations in mind. Big black or clear umbrellas make for a fun accessory and add a fashion element to the day. Cuter still are pretty gumboots like these polka-dot ones which match the theme of the day.
Whatever the weather, enjoy your day!
Images from Meg Perotti