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HOW TO PLAN FOR RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

How to plan for rain on your wedding day
Hemel Hempstead Wedding at St Johns Church

Planning for bad weather is a must if you’re getting married in the UK. Unfortunately, a summer wedding does not guarantee sunshine so it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. Here are some ways in which you can plan for rain on your wedding day.  

BACK UP

It is so important to have a backup plan that you’re happy with. In the past, I have seen couples experience stress and upset on the morning of their wedding because their planned outdoor ceremony is now no longer an option and the alternative is less than ideal. Registrars can be very strict about performing a ceremony outside and if there is a high chance of rain, they often won’t allow it. Have an indoor alternative that you’re both really happy with and expect the worst. You don’t want to add any unnecessary pressure on the morning of your wedding.  

WHITE UMBRELLAS

Have lots of umbrellas available if guests need to go outside at any point in the day. White ones work best because they won’t create a colour cast on people’s faces. White also reflects the light so it will keep your images looking nice as bright despite the grey skies. 

Plan for rain on your wedding day

HAIR AND MAKEUP

If you’re getting married during the wetter seasons, it may be worth considering hair and makeup looks that can withstand the bad weather. An updo might be more practical because you don’t need to worry about curls dropping and opting for having your hair down can sometimes be difficult to manage, especially if it’s a windy day.  

It might be best to save a bold lip colour for the evening, when you know you’re going to be inside. Make sure one of your bridesmaids has some lippy and powder for touch ups throughout the day. 

SPEAKER SYSTEM 

Wind and rain can create quite a lot of noise and you don’t want it to affect the sound during the speeches. Make sure you have a speaker system on hand so everyone can be heard. This is particularly important for wedding receptions held in a marquee. 

portraits in the rain

BE FLEXIBLE

This is one of the most important things to remember when planning for rain on your wedding day. It can feel disheartening when the heavens open but just remember it’s unlikely to last all day. I’ve often popped out for portraits in between courses when the weather has eased up and got some amazing pictures. If you’re flexible with your schedule, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to go outside for photos at some point in the day. 

portraits in the rain

EMBRACE IT

With a little creative lighting, rain can look great in pictures so get out there and embrace it!  

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