Should we really be afraid of wedding day showers?

Is rain on your wedding day really as bad as a free ride when you’ve already paid? We don’t think so! The misfortune of a wet wedding day is obviously going to throw a spanner in the works, but with the right wedding planning and a positive attitude, a spot of wedding rain might even make the day that bit more special.



Make like Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time and laugh through the raindrops!

Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Naturally, if you’ve been checking the forecast in the lead-up to your date, you’ll worry if you spy grey clouds. It’s never nice to see when you’ve visualised your wedding day as bright and sunny – but there’s absolutely nothing you can do to control the weather. This is why you always need to have a plan B. Discuss this with your wedding planner, the venue staff and any other relevant suppliers. If you’re as organised as you can be when you’re putting together your wedding ideas, there’s no reason for any plans to fall apart.


Speak to your photographer

If you predict rain, a key person to contact in the last few days before your wedding is your photographer. Most professionals will know just what to do and have a tonne of wedding ideas where they can use the drizzly weather to their advantage. You need to know you’re going to like them and be willing to compromise to make their initial concepts a reality though, so discussing and arranging it all with them is crucial.

Matthew Nguyen, an established photographer from Middlesbrough, says: “There’s always a possibility that it could rain. We do live in England after all! But either way, it will still be a great day and rain can actually help create some really interesting shots.

“I always have a plan B and even plan C prepared when shooting weddings, just in case the heavens open. I’ll always go and check out locations to make sure there’s somewhere appropriate to shoot should it be a wet day, and I do everything I can to make the bride feel comfortable and have the best time possible. I have a reassuring album of rainy wedding photos that are still absolutely stunning to show brides so they feel confident that no matter what, their day – and the photographs of it – will be awesome.”



Photo by Matthew Nguyen


Get some wedding rain props

Sometimes, the slightest concern can be enough to make you panic, and that’s the last thing you need at a time that should be the most exciting few weeks of your life. For some peace of mind, why not invest in umbrellas that fit your colour scheme to hand out to guests? You could even personalise them if you’re feeling extra arty! It might not be the vision you dreamed of, but umbrellas at weddings can actually look pretty lovely.


Stay gorgeous

Another issue brides may have with the wet weather is the maintenance of their hair and makeup. More often than not, you’ll have paid good money to look extra special on your wedding day. The last thing you need is showers of rain flattening your hair or making your mascara run. Speak to your MUA and hair stylist about rainy wedding ideas – they will know just how to make your look that bit more waterproof, whether it is by using a particular primer or incorporating a different hair style.


Enjoy your day, no matter what!

With these preparations, your wedding will be perfect. And hey, at the end of the day when the rain clears up a bit, you may even be treated to the backdrop of a rainbow. Nothing can spoil that ecstatic feeling you have on the morning of your wedding – not even a downpour of rain. It’s understandably hard not to let it dampen your spirits, but you’re about to marry the love of your life. You’re starting a new chapter with your soulmate and you’re surrounded by loved ones, so embrace it. The rain is a perfect excuse to get cosy with your partner and besides, you’ll most probably have all the sun in the world to look forward to on your honeymoon!



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