When it comes to your big day, you want to make sure everything runs as smooth as possible. However, one thing you can’t control is our British weather.
You’re far better working with the weather than against it. The most important thing is that you’re prepared.
So, to help you plan for bad weather on your wedding day, we’re going to show you how to weatherproof your wedding so you can have the best day possible.
Have you paid extra for a summer wedding? We hate to break it to you, but July and August are our wettest months in the UK.
May and June are cheaper (and drier) alternatives, but there’s no guarantee at any time of year you’ll get blue skies.
Here are our top 5 tips to prepare your wedding against bad weather in spring and summer:
1. Use Umbrellas
If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding in spring/summer, you shouldn’t let the rain stop that. Group umbrellas in a neat rack ready for guests and accessorise them to match your theme. Make sure there’s enough for your day guests (or at least your wedding party). Plus, you can use your ushers to hold umbrellas over you; that’s what they’re for!
2. Order Gazebos and Marquees
You can find quality, inexpensive gazebos online. These will keep you, your guests, and any equipment you may have dry. Gazebos aren’t just useful in bad weather, this 8m Star Tent, for example, would work just as well as shade on a hot day as it would in rain.
3. Prepare Backup Areas
Plan as if there’s a 100% chance of rain, then you won’t be caught out on the day. If you had an outdoor play area for kids planned, then speak to your venue and arrange for a backup area inside, or use a gazebo to cover the area. Your venue might not have the furniture you’re looking for, so use folding furniture with tablecloths that match your theme. This way, you can easily transport everything inside if needs be.
4. Alter Your Wardrobe
Make sure your makeup artist uses waterproof makeup, ask your seamstress to add hooks on your dress so it can be lifted up from the wet floor and arrange for matching wellington boots for the wedding party. Alterations like these will mean you won’t have to cancel any plans you had for your summer wedding. If it’s been bad weather leading up to your big day, these alterations may not be enough. This is when flooring for gazebos will come in especially handy.
5. Communicate with Your Guests
The best way to prepare for adverse weather on your wedding day is to keep your guests in the loop. Send out a message as early as you can before the wedding if there looks like there’s a chance of rain. That way, people will come prepared.
If you’ve taken advantage of the cheaper rates during the autumn and winter months, then you know there’s more of a chance of bad weather affecting your day.
Rain brings lower temperatures, so while all of the ways to weatherproof your wedding in spring and summer will be helpful, you will need to take a few extra precautions.
1. Keep Your Guests Warm
Provide blankets and plenty of hot drinks. If you’re having any outdoor areas for extra space, then why not use a gazebo, marquee or parasol heat lamp? That way, you won’t have to compromise on room and you’ll keep your guests happy.
2. Speak to Your Vendors
Did you have a light lunch planned? If the weather is taking a turn for the worse, then why not contact your vendors and ask them to change the menu to something heartier? In addition, you could ask them to make up a batch of mulled wine. It’s important you check whether your vendors will even attend your wedding in bad weather. It may be that photographers and bands need extra protection against the bad weather, and this is where Gazebos and heaters and come in useful again.
3. Use a PA System
You don’t want the sound of wind and rain to drown out the speeches, so make sure your venue has a quality PA system. This is especially important if you’re going to be outside.
Rain Won’t Make Your Wedding A Washout
- A wet wedding is lucky
The Italians have a saying that a wet bride is a lucky bride, while in the UK it is folklore that wet weddings represent longevity since a wet knot is harder to undo than a dry knot.
- It’s better for your flowers
“Flowers are far less likely to wilt in wet weather,” said Andrew Ness from the Glasgow wedding flower specialist Anther Flowers. This means you’ve got one less stress on your wedding day.
- Photographers love a grey sky
It’s a brilliant backdrop for photos. Plus, photographs in the rain and snow are different and more memorable. You can really get creative with them.
Live in the moment and enjoy it. You can’t change the weather, but as we’ve shown you here, you can prepare for it.
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