This post is all about wet-weather wedding plans. I know we don’t want to think about it, but it could rain, we are based in the UK after all! To help you prepare, see my 7 top tips below to be as ready as you can. But I'm always hoping they are not needed:
1. Have a Plan B
First and foremost, if any part of your wedding day is outside, always have a plan B. This could be a space within the venue for a quick turnaround. For example, moving chairs may be required depending on what your venue has available. If there is no inside space then additional structures such as stretch tents and large parasols may be required.
2. Pack an Umbrella (or several)
You will need an elegant white or clear wedding umbrella for couples’ photos if you still want to get outside for some lovely shots. Be prepared and discuss this with your photographer; photos cosying under an umbrella together are a must! Also, if your guests are outside for a particular amount of time then look to invest in some small ones for them to use. Even if it’s to go from one space to the next, the little detail will be much appreciated.
3. Switch Up Your Shoes
If your venue is in the countryside then your couples’ photos could mean walking on damp grass, so think about your footwear. If you have spent money on luxury wedding shoes you may not want to risk getting them damp and soggy. If you know it’s going to rain, pack alternative shoes. Perhaps cool wedding trainers or wellies, and if these are not your vibe, buy a second (less expensive pair) of wedding shoes to wear.
4. Pack a Towel to Dry Off
Small hand towels to dry off after being outside will be helpful; you can give one to your Wedding Coordinator or Maid of Honour to have to hand, so you can quickly dry yourself after being outside.
5. Wedding Insurance
This is an important tip anyway, but it could save you a lot of money and stress knowing you are covered should the worst happen, and terrible weather means postponement.
6. Speak with Your Venue
This may only really apply to countryside venues, but check if anywhere of the venue is known to flood, or if access to the grounds for guests and suppliers is likely to get muddy. The last thing you want to worry about is cars getting stuck in the mud! If you know about this leading up to the wedding rather than on the day, you can prepare your plan B - for example, redirecting guests or laying matting for cars.
7. Embrace the Rain
Finally, if it rains there is nothing you can do to stop it. So, prepare the best you can with the tips above and just embrace it! It’s your wedding - have fun and dance in the rain, celebrate your love and think about the amazing, atmospheric photos you will get at the end of it.
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Photo: Holly Smith Weddings