It’s your Queenstown wedding day, and the weather is crappy . . . what the hell are you supposed to do now?!

As a Queenstown celebrant, many of the couples I work with want to get married outdoors amongst the epic Queenstown landscape.

But, the weather doesn’t always play along. And I know that it can be really stressful to wake up to torrential rain and howling winds on your wedding day.

Sometimes it’s possible to delay the timing of the wedding or bring it forward to take advantage of a gap in the bad weather. But this doesn’t always work.

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So what can you do if you get crappy weather on your Queenstown wedding day?


  • It’s OK to be disappointed

Take a minute to be totally bummed out. This is OK. Have a bit of a whinge and a moan, and get this out of your system early and quickly.


  • Accept what you can’t change

No matter how well planned your Queenstown wedding is, one thing nobody can control is the weather. The sooner you accept that the weather isn’t playing ball with your plans and get on with having an amazing wedding day, the more you will enjoy the day as a whole.


  • Go with plan B

If you’re working with a good celebrant or wedding planner you’re likely to have a solid plan B for your Queenstown wedding day. I always tell couples that although plan B is a last resort, you must be happy to use it if need be. The key is not to dwell on plan A. Put plan B into action as soon as possible, and stick with it!


  • Get awesome wedding photos

queenstown mountain weddings rainbow wedding Photo by Warren Williams of Mountain Weddings, Queenstown

 queenstown wedding photographer rain Photo by Warrren Williams of Mountain Weddings, Queenstown

Moody skies, rainy days and, if you’re lucky, rainbows make for really unique and special wedding photos. A quick Google or Pinterest search should give you and your photographer heaps of inspiration.


  • As always, enjoy yourself!

This advice goes for your Queenstown wedding day whatever the weather. Make the most of your big day, you’ll only get one shot at it. Be present in the moment and thankful for your partner. Soak everything in and enjoy!