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 (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 planning 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 canapés in the gardens of your wedding venue, but if does rain, is there somewhere else that they can go? Check with the venue and make sure they can accommodate all your guests in the case of a downpour.
Don't forget the brollies
Make sure you have plenty of umbrellas - especially for the wedding party. Plan ahead and purchase a stylish white one for the bride and coloured umbrellas that match the bridesmaids' dresses. For the rest of the guests, put the ushers in charge of rounding up a range of umbrellas to have on hand and have them hand them out to those that need them.
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.
Prep your photographer
When talking to your photographer, make sure you put a wet weather plan in place before the big day. 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 will make for fun props too!
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.
So it might not be what you had envisioned for your day, but the quicker you embrace it the better your wedding will be. 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!