What to do if it rains on your wedding day

Having a plan B if you have a wet wedding

You will have planned so many aspects of your wedding day down to the finest detail, but weather is something not even the most organised of brides can determine or plan for. You can only hope for the best weather on your wedding day, but rain should never spoil your day, after all of the planning and the time and money you have spent. So here are some ideas to ensure you are prepared if the weather is less than ideal come your big day.

Bride with an umbrella on her wedding day

Rainy wedding day tip 1: Have a plan B

First and foremost your wedding should always have a Plan B, no matter what the hiccup is. Many brides and grooms dream of an outdoor wedding, but they should always consider an indoor or sheltered alternative to avoid disappoint should the worst come to the worst.  You should also think about transport: perhaps the short walk to the venue from the ceremony will not seem so short in bad weather conditions.  Your wedding day plans may include a drinks reception on a terrace overlooking beautiful gardens, but don’t forget to have an indoor plan with beautiful décor as a back-up.

Rainy wedding day tip 2: Bridal beauty

Now let’s be vain for a moment.  Rain is terrible for hair – even the most coiffed, hair-sprayed of manes.  Talk to your hairdresser about making your style as secure as possible for your wedding day and ask them to show your mom or bridesmaid how to recover it if it starts to look a little windswept of frizzy.  This may involve emergency supplies of hairspray, and hair straighteners close to hand. Similarly, don’t risk ruining your wedding shoes on the way to the ceremony to find yourself conscious of them later in the day, with their mud stains and wet blotches. Consider taking a pair of wellington boots which can add a really fun look to your photos if the heavens open; or perhaps buy a second pair of shoes that you can wear outside and change into later in the day. Umbrellas are a very easy contingency to have in place and there are some really pretty or unusual designs around to choose from, which could also double up as a parasol if the sun comes out.

Rainy wedding day tip 3: Think about your guests

It’s not only yourself, your wedding dress and your groom (in that order!) that you have to worry about if the weather is wet on your wedding day. Think about your guests and how they’ll be kept warm and dry too. Perhaps provide the ushers with a supply of umbrellas to hand out to soggy guests and also ensure that they greet guests at the car where possible so they don’t get drenched on the way in to the ceremony or reception. Supplying ponchos for your guests may be taking it a tad too far, so maybe temporary walkways or gazebos are the way forward instead.

Rainy wedding day tip 4: Plan ahead

It is always worth planning ahead to ensure that the weather won’t spoil your wedding day. Looking at the weather forecast might seem obvious, but to a busy bride just before her big day, that will be the last thing on her mind. Instead, it will be spray tans and last-minute dress fittings! Perhaps this should be left to the groom or an usher, but looking ahead at the weather forecast will help you prepare for even the wettest of weathers. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when your wedding dress and make-up are at stake!

Rainy wedding day tip 5: Keep things in perspective

The very best advice is to ensure that you keep things in perspective and enjoy the day as a whole.  Whether you are met with showers and storms or glorious sunshine on your wedding day, your day will be perfect no matter what, so long as you’re in the right mindset. It’s also worth knowing that a rainy wedding day is actually considered lucky in some cultures. Similarly, every time it rains after your big day, it will be a nice reminder of the happiest day of your life – especially if there’s a rainbow!

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