Planning for rain on your wedding day

03 Jul 2012

If you’re getting married in the UK the possibility of it raining is high – not just, “oh it’ll be fine” high but “Oh dear, my day is ruined” high. With this in mind anyone who is planning a wedding ceremony needs to consider both rain and shine.

Planning for rain from the word ‘go’ is vital. Your biggest expense is going to be your venue, so before you commit yourself financially ensure that the venue is big enough to cater for all your guests indoors. If you plan to have any part of the day outside you need to prepare an alternative solution. For example, if you’re drinks reception is going to be held outside ensure to hire a marquee just in case.

Ensure that the venue has an area you will be happy with as the background for your wedding photos. If it is raining outside it might not be possible to have your dream shot by the lake – have a back up. Ensure you inform your photographer where you would like this to take place, so they can plan for extra lighting equipment and so on.

If you have already hired a marquee for your wedding reception double check that the correct type of flooring has been installed, as ground water can seep through the marquee if the flooring is unsuitable

Getting to and from your locations in the rain is something brides can often be caught out on. Go through your day and consider the points where you’ll be outside and exposed. Are the surfaces you’ll be walking on likely to get saturated or boggy? If so, ensure you lay a temporary surface such as paving stones or woodchip, giving you a clean hassle-free surface for you and your guests. Remember, the more you plan for rain the less likely your wedding day is going to be a wash out.

Lastly, have a bit of fun with it. Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes these days so it’s definitely worth investing in some fun brolleys for your guest, such as these Twilight Umbrellas. And for yourself why not invest in one of these transparent umbrellas from Fulton? After all if they’re good enough for the Queen herself, they should make you feel like royalty!

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