So, let's be honest... when you plan a summer wedding, you probably don't envisage wearing wellies and holding onto to a brolly but good old British summer times can surprise you with some unpredictable weather and summer showers. This needn't be a disaster or dampen your spirits (every pun intended) anyway. The only option you have is to just embrace it, don't dwell on it and let it ruin your happy moment. For those of you who are superstitious, apparently rain on your wedding day is good luck because it signifies that your marriage will last. A wet knot is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly equally as hard to unravel!
You can't change the weather or the huge occasion that you have no doubt be planning for ages, so here are a few things to consider that might brighten your day, regardless of the weather....
Practically speaking, there are lots of small adjustments that can be made to make things run a little smoother in foul weather. One of the most obvious is get yourself a good brolly and some wellies, and provide your guests with them. Our friends over at the Brolly Bucket do a fab range of brollies and blankets that will keep your guests warm and dry. https://www.brollybucket.co.uk/ As a bride you might want to consider something pretty, colourful or dramatic for your wedding photos. Remember, it's not for the whole day but save the hem of your beautiful dress with some wellies with a slight heel (yes, they do exist - check these out! https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/72198400246998197/).
If you are having an outdoor wedding and don't have much (or any) space under cover, talk to a stretch tent, tipi or marquee company. They do 'big' spaces but lots of companies are able to supply structure that are just enough to house a bar or welcome area, they won't break the bank and they will ensure your receptions drink aren't diluted with rain. Also if you are hosting your event with direct access to the venue or barn, it may be an idea to have an extra entrance area to prevent the water and mud becoming a slip hazard.
In terms of the food, ask your caterers or bar hire company to provide plenty of hot options to keep people warm from the inside out. If you have a fire pit inside your tipi, some smores to roast on the fire are a must and is a great way to keep kids entertained for a while. Lots of hot drinks options are great, boozy hot chocolate or super charged coffees are a good way to get people in the party mood before happy hour at the bar. Think amaretto laced hot chocolate or hot espresso martini?
Another side effect of rainy weather is that it tends to keep people in close proximity to the venue and the hosts. When it's sunny people will spread out, go for a walk, some people will be inside whilst others are out. When it's raining your guests will make the most of a roof, weather it's a tiled one, a marquee or a tipi, so all of your loved ones will be on hand for a proper catch up!
Above all else, remember this is your big day, you are with the people that you love and that love you the most, you are only doing this once so enjoy it, regardless of what the weather holds.