Everybody wants to imagine getting married on a bright, sunny day in July. However, this isn't always the reality. If you are getting married in the winter months, the chance of rain is always looming over you or you could be getting married in July and just be unlucky.
Also, it doesn't matter if you will be spending the whole day inside or having an outdoor ceremony or are having the whole day in a woodland venue, rain can still threaten the best laid plans regardless of what they are. However, rain shouldn't be completely demonized, it can be quite romantic and add to the atmosphere of the day. However, you should still prepare for it. But what should you do if it's going to rain on your wedding day though?
1) Prepare your photographer Of course I'd put this one first haha. But seriously, you'll want to find out if your photographer has got a wet weather plan. Where are the group shots now going to be (if they were originally going to take place outside), will their equipment work if it gets wet? etc. Couple portraits can look really good in the rain and the lighting that rain usually brings with it is actually better for photography than a bright, sunny day believe it or not.
2) See if you can hire a marquee
Sometimes the venue will have marquees, which they can set up for you, but if they don't you can ask around local companies and see if any have marquees available and you'll be surprised how many are able to help you out at short notice. If you can't find a marquee to hire then ask around the guest that you've invited as one of them might have one hiding at the back of their garage.
3) Bring your brollies
It's also a good idea to have extras for your guests, it's just an extra level of thoughtfulness and means that people will enjoy the day even more.
4) Bring towels
If you or your guests do get caught in the rain, then being able to quickly dry yourselves will help not put a damper on the mood. It's a nice little touch that doesn't require too much effort but guests will be extremely grateful.
5) Check with your hair & makeup artist
Ask whoever is doing your hair and makeup if it is able to stand up to the rain. It usually should as one of the many reasons why wedding hair & makeup is more expensive than usual is because they use very high-end, expensive products, but it doesn't hurt to double check (especially if you've had to plan your wedding on a tight budget).
6) Have a change of footwear
Bring your wellies, then if you have to walk on grass, or go outside at all really, it won't matter. You can put your Jimmy Choo's back on when your're inside :)
7) Be flexible
Rain can sometimes mess up the timings of the day and this is something that you'll just have to accept. Just roll with the punches and don't let it put a damper (pun 100% intended) on your day.
8) Enjoy yourselves
This is your wedding, this is your day. Just remember why you are there and have fun, don't worry about the rain. In fact, if it does rain it can be a talking point of the day for years to come. My parents got married in June and it rained most of the day but over 30 years later it is still something they talk about with massive grins on their faces.