Here in the UK we’re very used to odd weather but that doesn’t stop us hoping for sunshine on special days. However, if you do get rain for your big day, don’t despair, Wedding Ideas editor Rachel Moschke tells us how to prepare for a wet wedding that will be anything but a disaster.
“Despite the grim weather, you can still have the day of your dreams”, says Rachel. “First and foremost, you should remember that the wedding is about making a lifelong commitment to the one you love, not the weather.”
1. Don’t worry about the weather. There is nothing you can do about it; it’s the one thing that you can’t control. We hear from hundreds of rained-on brides every year, who almost all say that they were so happy on the day that they hardly even noticed it was raining. Rain won’t ruin your day, but you walking around looking miserable will.
3. Arm your ushers and bridesmaids with some plain white or some brightly coloured umbrellas to fit in with your colour scheme and encourage them to accompany your guests from their cars to the venue door with them. The umbrellas will look stunning in your wedding photos!
4. Make sure that you can hitch your train up with a loop over your finger, or that your bridesmaids are well rehearsed in carrying it – you won’t want it ruined during your walk up to the church. Take a big white sheet to stand on on the grass, so that the bottom of your dress doesn’t get too filthy. But again, don’t worry, your dress can easily be dry cleaned after the wedding,
5. Choose a venue with some interesting indoor backdrops – and formulate a wet-weather plan with your photographer in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Shots against walls, sitting on the bed in the bridal suite, standing at the top of a staircase, or looking out of a window into the garden can be stunning.
6. Ring round your guests to warn them to bring wellies a few days before the wedding if the forecast is bad. Keep your eye on the situation using Met Office. Better still – give your groom the job! The wellies themselves will make for great photographs.
7. It rarely rains all day, constantly. Keep checking what it going on, and make the most of sunny spells! Be flexible with the timetable of your day.
8. Don’t panic if you have organised a barbecue for your wedding breakfast. Barbecues can take place under cover and your caterers will have a wet weather contingency plan in place. Ask them about it when you book them.
9. If the worst comes to the worst, and you had set your heart on outdoor photos at the venue, you can always recreate the scene with your photography on a sunny day after the event. It’s a chance for you to wear that dress again, too! Your photographer should offer you a hefty discount on your second shoot, if not do it for free.
10. In some cultures, wedding rain is seen as a blessing. For example, in Italy they have a saying: “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunate,” which translates as “a wet bride is a lucky bride.”