Congratulations on choosing the stunning beaches of Punta Cana for your destination wedding! Imagine you and your guests gathered on a beautiful beach in front of the turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and endless sunshine. But wait a minute, what if it rains on your wedding day? How can you be sure your tropical dream wedding is in fact going to be sunny and beautiful? 

I can’t promise the weather will be perfect, but the chances are pretty good that you will have sun for at least most of your day! Punta Cana is known for its tropical sunshine, however, rain showers are a natural part of any location. Rain here rarely lasts all day and tends to be more of a quick afternoon shower. Punta Cana only experiences heavy rainfall 7-10 days of the year. Let’s cross our fingers that those don’t happen to be on your wedding day! Even if it does rain, the good news is, usually this makes for beautiful and more cinematic wedding photos!  

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Weather in Punta Cana

“If you don’t like the weather in Punta Cana, wait 5 minutes!”

This local saying is actually quite true! Rain showers in Punta Cana are often brief and followed by bursts of sunshine. This makes for a refreshing break on a really hot day rather than a wedding disaster.

Punta Cana doesn’t have a rainy or “wet” season. Although it does tend to rain more in October and less between January and April! It also tends to rain more in the early morning hours. Chances are it will be completely dry again by the time your ceremony starts in the afternoon. 

Have you ever heard, “Rain on your wedding day brings good luck”? In many cultures, rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck!  Rain signifies that your marriage will be strong and long-lasting. As you know, a wet knot is very hard to untie. So, when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly just as hard to unravel!

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beach wedding ceremony set up decor
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Make a Rain Backup Plan with Your Resort Wedding Coordinator

Most Punta Cana resorts that do weddings know the importance of flexibility. They’ll almost always have a Plan B in place for your outdoor ceremony in case it rains. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Beautiful Indoor Spaces: Many resorts have stunning indoor venues that can seamlessly transform into your ceremony space. Think of elegant ballrooms or charming gazebos!
  • Quickly move from outside to inside: Your wedding coordinator will ensure a smooth transition from the outdoor site. They will have a team ready to move chairs, decorations, and aisle runners indoors if needed.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Friendly Decor: Many resorts offer beautifully designed indoor and outdoor wedding setups. You can choose a package that includes decor that works for both scenarios.

Pro Tip: Talk to your resort wedding coordinator about backup plans. They can show you indoor ceremony spaces in case of a sudden change. Also, ask about extra costs for switching from outdoor to indoor.

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How Will Rain Affect My Wedding Photos?

Once you’ve secured a rain plan for your ceremony, the next thing on your mind might be–How will rain affect my wedding photos? Rainy day weddings can actually have a unique charm that translates beautifully in photos. Honestly, if you asked most photographers whether they prefer to capture photos in sunshine or gloomy weather, I think they would choose the latter. Here’s what you can look forward to in your wedding photos:

  • Soft Light: Rain diffuses harsh sunlight, creating a soft glow in your photos. Without the strong sunlight, the expressions on your face tend to be more natural and photogenic. You won’t be squinting or straining your facial muscles under the sun.
  • Vivid Colors: The rain can make the colors around you pop – the lush greenery, the vibrant flowers in your bouquet, and even the color of your dress will appear more rich and eye-catching.
  • Moody Vibes: Gloomy weather adds a bit of drama to your shots. Think of it as nature’s way of setting a romantic mood. 

If it really decides to downpour on your big day and you can’t go outside for photos, our photographers can still take great photos indoors.

Our photographers will seek out unique indoor backdrops. For instance, they may photograph you by a grand staircase, under a crystal chandelier, or on a balcony overlooking the ocean. They may use both natural and artificial light to enhance your indoor photos.

Family walking in the rain on their wedding day

Final Thoughts

Rain on your wedding day is a good omen! So, before your wedding day, talk to your coordinator about moving the ceremony inside if it rains.

Trust in our photographer’s skill and experience to deliver amazing photos rain or shine! A cloudy day brings a gentle glow and beautiful pops of color to your wedding pictures. You’ll be thrilled with the results!

Finally and most importantly, no matter the weather, relax and focus on the joy of marrying the love of your life. We wish you nothing but sunny days on your wedding day and every day after that! 

Want us to capture your dream tropical wedding? Get in touch with us today!