Rain on Your Wedding Day

How to cope with rain on your wedding day


Alanis Morrissette sang: “It’s like rain, on your wedding day” in her song ‘Ironic’, but is it that ironic to have a rainy wedding day?

Many couples opt to book their big day in the summer months to try and avoid any annoying downpours, but even the most organized and forward planning brides can’t control the weather.

It’s best to be cautious, even if the time of year and forecast look promising, particularly if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Speak to your venue and photographer to see if there’s an alternative plan should it rain. Most venues that host outdoor weddings have a room wedding parties can use should the heavens open.

It’s a good idea to have a bridal-appropriate umbrella on hand should it rain. This umbrella could be white and decorated with lace and glitter to make it suitable for a bride to protect her hair and dress with on her wedding day. If there’s a long walk from the car park to the venue, it may be worth asking if there’s a valet service available so guests can drive up to the entrance and avoid walking in the rain.

The sound of rain on a marquee can be quite atmospheric and romantic, but make sure there is suitable flooring, as the last thing you want is a muddy mess. You could have wellies on standby to wear under your dress, and arrange to have a carpet laid out from the marquee to the main building to avoid trudging through mud. It also would add a little red carpet glamour.

Finally, to contradict Alanis Morrissette, superstition actually dictates that it’s considered to be good luck to have rain on your wedding day. And who hasn’t wanted that movie-moment kiss in the rain? A rainy wedding day could provide your perfect opportunity…


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