No one dreams of getting married in the rain, pulling your train through mud. your makeup running as the groom frantically wrings out his overcoat between the ceremony and the reception. But this is Britain, and no matter how hard you pray, there is a very good chance that it will rain on your wedding day.
For most couples, this would spell disaster. But with a bit of careful planning, you can come up with a contingency plan that might even have you hoping for rain.
1. Invest in great umbrellas
If it does rain, you will need an umbrella, fact. Go for high quality umbrellas for the bride and groom, which will look great in the background of your photos. Clear umbrellas are always a reliable option, as they won’t obstruct the view for your guests.
2. Customise your wellies
If there’s even a chance of rain, you’re going to need a spare set of shoes. Unleash your inner child by donning wellies under your dress and jumping in puddles. For an extra special touch, have your wellies customised with the bride and groom’s names.
3. Choose a versatile photographer
It may rain on your wedding day, or it may not. Either way, you need to make sure your photographer is up to the task. Ask to see examples of their rainy day images so you know that you are in good hands.
4. Use waterproof make-up
Let’s face it, even if it doesn’t rain on your big day, you’re probably going to be crying at some point. Ask your makeup artist to choose waterproof mascara, and finish off any dark eye makeup with a waterproof sealer.
5. Channel the power of hot chocolate
It’s customary to offer your guests a cocktail or soft drink between the ceremony and the reception, but if it’s raining they may prefer something warm. Speak to your vendors about creating a warm cocktail (e.g. Irish coffee or mulled cider), or a rich hot chocolate to serve to guests as they come in from the rain.
6. Supersize your veil
A long veil is fairytale-pretty, but it takes on a whole new level of beauty in the rain. Let it whip around your face, or blow out long behind you for a dramatic effect.