Wet Weather Wedding - tips, tricks and questions to ask
29th June 2012
It is said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but show me a bride who would prefer a ‘lucky’ drizzle over a clear, sunny day! Pardon the pun, but rain can put a real dampener on your day, so it's pays to have a think about what you will do if the clouds open up.
- Stay calm! The first thing to do is accept that if it rains it rains and if you have all your plans in place then it’s definitely not going to spoil your day. Rarely does it pour all day and as long as the bride and groom are having fun then everyone else will too.
- Check the forecast. Begin checking five to seven days before your wedding. Any earlier and you won’t get an accurate forecast. A good site is The Australian Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/
- Have a wet weather plan despite the forecast. If rain or bad weather is forecast, then it's time to swing your wet weather back up plans into action! These should ideally be in place months before your wedding date. Remember to include your alternate venue on your invitations.
- Consider your venue. So what if rain is on the cards for your wedding day and you've planned an outdoor wedding? Well don't panic (or try not too) but do get organised to ensure you have a back-up location. A good first option is your wedding reception venue. Check what sort of set up they can create for you. This should be done before booking the venue and be a major consideration when making your choice.
- An alternate venue? Another option is to find somewhere near your outdoor wedding location. This can work well if light showers or intermittent rain is forecast, as you might only need cover for a short period of time. If you are in a park there are often rotundas or picnic areas that can be used for wet weather shelter, or look to locate yourself somewhere out of the prevailing wind to get a little more cover from the elements.
- Let your guests know. Work out how to contact every guest in the event of a change of plans. What may appear as ‘wet’ to one would be cloudy to another. Allocate someone to send an sms or phone call to all guests the day before if it looks like the venue will change.
- Wet Weather Hair. Humidity and hair styles are not a good mix so if you want to minimise frizz make sure a de-frizzing serum is combed through damp hair and again once it’s dry. Keep your hair is in good condition by using weekly masks or oil treatments as damaged hair is more prone to frizz. And consider getting an up-style, they will last longer than loose locks.
- Photography. Your wedding photographer should be able to suggest good places for wedding photos in the event of rain. Be sure to discuss this at your first or subsequent meetings and take some time to look at the suggested locations yourself to see if you like them. From a photographic point of view, clouds add a lot of drama and punch to your photos where a flat blue sky can be rather uninteresting. You might be surprised what a professional photographer can create in certain locations, even in the wet, so trust them that they will be able to take good photos.
- Make the possibility of rain a feature. If it’s highly likely to rain, then consider decking your wedding party out in matching gumboots and umbrellas! Check with your photographer if you’re thinking of including umbrellas in your photo shoot. They might have a preference for colour, but generally black umbrellas are the best option as they don't distract from the photos. Also, but be careful what colour or printing is on the underside of the umbrellas: you don't want lovely wedding photos with someone's corporate logo emblazoned across them!
- Umbrellas. While we're on umbrellas, check the availability of them at your venue and don't be shy to suggest to your guests they pack a brolly - just in case.
- It's not all bad! Remember that recent rain will make everything glisten and sparkle...symbolic of the `fresh` start to your new life together. and if you believe that a rainy day wedding is good luck, then your day will have been very blessed indeed!