It is probably every bride and groom’s greatest fear and one that is likely to starve them of sleep in the run up to the big day. Some couples are afraid to utter the words, frightened they might jinx it: what if it rains on our wedding day?
Some couples spend years planning their nuptials, paying attention to every last detail, but when it comes to the weather — besides divine intervention — they cannot control the rain.
Living in the UK means that there is always a chance of the clouds breaking — even in the most pleasant periods of summertime, so taking necessary precautions should be among the first things on the wedding planning list.
Naturally, it is the photos that most people are likely to be concerned abut. An important thing for a bride and groom to do when planning ahead is to have a conversation with the wedding photographer and to consider all possible options in the event of a rainstorm or even a gentle drizzle.
Most professionals will have their own equipment to deal with the rain and they are likely to assure couples that they will be able to capture magical pictures regardless. Indeed, some people believe that rain can actually bring romance to an event and that it makes pictures look better.
A rainy wedding day can add a whole new dynamic to the celebrations. On top of shoes and jewellery, brides can style up their gown with a gorgeous umbrella — vintage and ornate — to ensure the wedding dress and hairdo are covered in the event of a downpour.
Apart from having photos taken, couples will not be required to spend much time outdoors on the big day — unless of course the reception is taking place in a garden or under a marquee. If this is the case, then they should be sure to make arrangements with the venue manager to have an indoor room held on standby as backup should the heavens break.
Generally, it will be guests making their way from the ceremony to the reception that are likely to feel the effects of the rain. So, couples might want to consider how far away the entrance of the reception is from the car park. If guests will have a significant trek ahead of them then it could be worth enquiring about the venue’s valet service, permitting them to drive to the entrance, leave their car and have someone park it for them.
Granted, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but a wedding is what you make of it and besides, the superstitious among us will always say — it is good luck if it rains.