Like Rain on Your Wedding Day
by Emily Cahill
Well, Alanis Morrisette didn’t exactly get it right…there’s nothing ironic about rain on your wedding day. And despite the old wives’ tales, there’s probably not much lucky about it either (it certainly doesn’t feel lucky). But bad weather can happen and, when it does, we want our brides to be fully prepared!
WHO Should Worry?
Change of Season Brides
If your date coincides with a season change remember those thunderstorms that inevitably accompany the incoming Spring or outgoing Summer.
You plan to get married in June because of the beautiful sunshine…but don’t forget that with sunshine comes sun showers.
Tropical Location Brides
Forget the rain. Be sure to read on for hurricane and typhoon contingency plans.
Brides from Forks, Washington
Do I really have to explain this? We’ve all read Twilight. Also, brides from the rest of the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom.
New England Brides
Don’t worry too much, though – you know what they say about New England: If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.
If you’re just one of those people whose life seems to be dictated by Murphy’s law, save everyone the headache and plan ahead.
WHAT You Can Do
If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, plan it somewhere that has an easy escape route to shelter. Pick a beach with a pavilion or a seaside cliff with a lighthouse open to the public.
Many venues hold the ceremony outside, but the party inside. Be sure to speak with the venue manager about the possibility of moving the ceremony indoors in case the sky begins turning gray and the heavens open up.
If you plan to get married during a potentially rainy season, design umbrellas with your names and wedding date on it to pass out as practical, unique wedding favors.
Weatherproof your chuppah or canopy. No doubt the twisting vines and floaty white fabric you had planned would have been beautiful, but now is the time think about putting a roof over your head during the ceremony. Think about some way to disguise protective tarps as decorative canopy accessories.
Wellies under gowns and over tux pants can be cute and clever. When you see the storm coming at you, take the wedding party out to stock up on rubber rain boots. Remember how many colors and patterns they come in now…you might just find some that fit your theme.
Waterproof mascara is a must for most weddings, but definitely when expecting rain.
The bride and bridesmaids might want to rethink that highly hair-sprayed ‘do. Consider anti-humidity styles like a beautifully braided up-do or chignon; but if you’re committed to a down-do, be sure to use non-wilting accessories like this porcelain flower comb or rhinestone hairpins.
Rain can be romantic…so own it! Ask your photographer if he has experience shooting in the rain and how he handles it. Get hubby to carry you out of the ceremony in order to keep your train from the mud. OR…
Trash the dress! Take part in the latest trend where brides model their gowns in less-than-pristine conditions in order to get more-than-memorable wedding photos. You don’t have to burn your dress, but you may want to consider some shots of you and hubby puddle jumping or kissing in the rain. (Lightning storms in the background are a bonus – just watch out!)
Mentally Prepare. Visualize the best case weather scenario for your wedding and the worst case weather scenario for your wedding…and accept them both. You can’t control the weather, but you can control the way you react to the weather. So decide right now to embrace the rain if it decides to visit. After all, once you say “I do” you’ll have the rest of your lives to share sunnier days.