Just what do you do if it rains on your wedding day? It's every bride's nightmare - they plan a beautiful summer wedding but when the day itself comes, they look out of the window and it's pouring with rain. No matter how much you try, you can't control the weather and stop it raining on your wedding day (especially in the UK) - so here are a few tips on how to make sure that the wet weather doesn't spoil your big day.
Making your day a success all comes down to planning and that goes for the weather too. When you're scheduling how the day will pan out, make sure you take the possibility of rain into account. Of course, it would be lovely if your guests can sip Champagne and munch on canapes in the gardens of your venue but if it's raining is there somewhere else that they can go? Check with the venue and make sure they can accommodate all your guests.
Be savvy with your flooring
If you're having a marquee, think carefully about the flooring you choose. Coconut matting is a cheaper option but if it rains, it can be difficult to walk on (especially in heels). Invest in wooden floors and you'll weather-proof your venue against even the wettest downpour.
Don't forget the brollies
Make sure you have plenty of umbrellas - especially for the wedding party. The bride's should ideally be white (you can get them at notonthehighstreet.com), while the bridesmaids' can be white or match the colour scheme of their dresses. Get as many spare umbrellas as you can for the rest of the guests and put the ushers in charge of making sure everyone who needs one has one.
Prep your photographer
Make a wet weather plan for the photos. Maybe you could stand under the entrance of the church or is there a cluster of trees that are sheltered from the rain? Encourage your photographer to get creative and think about different options before the day itself. Disappointing as the rain is, the light actually makes for a better picture than bright sunshine - and your umbrellas make for fun props!
Ask the caterers beforehand if they are flexible with timings. If it's showery, it might be worth moving the dinner forward half an hour so guests can be inside while it's raining and head out afterwards once it clears.
Weatherproof your wedding dress
If it rains, your dress will inevitably get wet but try and minimise the damage to longer gowns by opting for one with an underskirt that can be hooked up. This will help protect the top skirt.
Make a joke of it
Hard as it is, embrace the weather. Tell the best man and groom to make a joke of it in their speeches, request that the DJ play Rihanna's "Umbrella" and, if you really want to go for it, swap out your dainty wedding shoes for a pair of wellies.
Finally, think about what really matters. It's not going to be a disaster if everything doesn't go completely to plan and you do end up with rain on your wedding day. This is about the two of you sharing your big day with friends and family and not even a rainstorm can ruin that!