The Great British Weather: The only thing that can be relied on is unpredictability and it is the topic that worries all Brides – what if it were to rain on my wedding day?! Initially you would think it would be your biggest nightmare and who can blame you? You pay thousands on your dress, hair and make up for it to all be sopping, muddy and windswept! Traipsing through the mud to smile for your photographs can be somewhat daunting when the heavens have opened. But fear not, here is advice and tips to avoid you looking like a drowned rat on your big day!
Waterproof mascara is a MUST. This will be applicable even for dry weather (to wipe away those happy tears!). Invest in an expensive mascara that will flatter your lashes and not smudge all down your cheeks! Ask your Maid of Honour to have an Emergency kit on hand to include mascara, tissues, hair clips, make-up, spare tights, mints etc… this will prepare you for the worst and you will feel better knowing that if you do have an emergency your Maid is only a ‘call’ away.
White bridal umbrellas can be elegant and practical. Check the forecast as soon as you can, if you are due downpours be prepared! Search online for large brollies that you can have stacked in a car just in case. Umbrellas can also be used for some lovely Wedding photographs – get the groom holding the umbrella above his head and jumping at the same time; looks like he is flying away.
Another way to conquer the rainy days would be to buy a pair of ‘funky’ wellies! Especially if Pentillie is your chosen venue – elevate your dress and put on the wellingtons to explore the gardens with your photographer. You could buy a ‘Bridal Pair’, or decorate them to make them unique to your big day. Jazz them up with ribbon and lace or have text printed e.g. Mrs Smith, Just Wed.
Whatever the weather, embrace the day. Alanis Morissette made a point of writing a song about the irony of it raining on your wedding day – but this is Britain! We cannot change the weather so get out there, capture the moment and don’t worry. You can have your dress dry cleaned, and I’m sure you have a guest or two that can sort your hair and makeup should it need fixing.
Ultimately the day is about you and your partner and no amount of rain or wind should ruin the day. And don’t forget that rain at weddings are after all a sign of good luck!