How to deal with rain on your wedding day

by | 11 December

Rain on your wedding day

Every summer we’re reminded of the same thing – English weather can be totally unpredictable!  And the summer of 2023 has been no exception and such a disappointment after that glorious summer 2022 which was a bit warm at times.

From scorching sunshine to an absolute deluge, we never know what the weather will throw at us, least of all on a wedding day.

But do not worry! There are plenty of things you can do to deal with rain on your wedding day!  

🌧️ Have a wet weather plan

I know it sounds silly but really, this is so often missed out! Think about every element of your day from ceremony and confetti shots to group photos and reception – have a wet weather alternative!

If you are having a marquee wedding, make sure that there is an alternative place for the drinks reception if you were hoping to hold it outside.  It can either be making sure that there is enough space away from the tables in the marquee or having a smaller structure too like a stretch tent (although not ideal for really heavy downpours).  If the marquee is in the grounds of a venue and there is a suitable room inside then it is definitely worth booking that as your wet weather alternative.

Make sure that there are cloakroom facilities for guests to leave any umbrellas or coats.

🌧️ Invest in umbrellas

Your photographer will often come armed with these but it’s always good to make sure at least everyone in the bridal party has an umbrella! Being clear makes for fun photos too!  Choose the dome style which will protect you from the rain best.  There are some really good hire companies where you can hire clear or white wedding umbrellas.  You can ask the ushers to hand these out to guests as needed.

🌧️ Try not to get hung up on the weather

Of course you envisage your summer wedding with beautiful blue skies, but if you’re getting married in the UK then you’re taking a risk! Your day will still be a dream regardless of the amount of sunshine!  And remember you have no control over the weather, so it is no point worrying about it.  They do say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck.


Photography: Matt Fox Photography