If your wedding is just around the corner you’ve probably been refreshing the 10-day forecast every other hour. But ….There's an artistic opportunity to take advantage of with rain on your wedding day and we are going to show you how!
Whether a drizzle or a downpour, precipitation is no reason to give up hope on an awesome wedding day. Stormy weather is nobody’s ideal wedding forecast, but unfortunately, it’s out of your hands. Prepping in advance and making the most of those April Showers will save you a headache in the future.
In this article we take a look at a selection of our favourite oh-so-cute wedding umbrellas for you and your guests and a few reasons why rain could be the best thing that happens (aside from marrying your significant other that is)
The very thought of rain on your perfectly planned wedding day could seem like a disaster. However, there are actually a few things to be said for rain on your wedding day:
First, it is a sign of good luck. In many cultures including Britain and Ireland, wedding day rain is said to bring good luck and represents things like fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal and tears. “A wet bride is a lucky bride”.
Secondly, rain can be used to your advantage! An experienced all-weather photographer can capture gorgeous artistic photos with rain drops – really quite a stunning effect. You can also have a little fun with umbrellas props during photo sessions.
Thirdly we’ve got the cuddle factor. You are marrying this person after all. Whether it’s a damp mist or a full downpour use it as an opportunity to get up close and cuddle with your new hubby.
Fourth, this is real life and just like your relationship there will be things you can’t control. Rough patches are inevitable in any relationship and just like the weather we can’t always accurately predict them. However as a bride who has had the ‘dreaded’ rain on my wedding day I can tell you, it brings you closer, and how you react will determine how you start your married life together. Laugh and everyone will laugh with you.
If rain is forecast and the weather brings wind and chilly temperatures too, arrange for heat lamps, offer blankets and make sure there’s plenty of hot coffee, tea, cider and cocoa. Provide enough umbrellas and rain boots for your guests—or, at the very least, for your wedding party.
Plan a playful rainy photo session with your wedding party holding cute umbrellas and wearing colourful rain boots. We know what you are thinking. Wellies only work if I’m having a farm wedding. Well that’s not true. Wellies have come a long way in the past decade and you can now get everything from your quirky Hunters to your elegant Ted Baker white wellies. Wellies can really set off your look, while also being practical, allowing your beautiful wedding shoes time to shine on their own indoors. Plus it means you have 2 pairs of shoes for your wedding day – what’s not to like?
Whether you’re having a mid summer wedding or a celebration in the depths of winter, there’s always the chance it might rain particularly during Autumn or Winter. While a crisp, dry day for the Big Day is the dream, unfortunately the weather man may inform you this won’t be the case. But worry not as there are some seriously fabulous bridal umbrellas you can pick up to ensure you and the gang stay dry.
Most venues will have a wedding planner or co-ordinator to help you get through your big day. They are the experts there to help ease you through the day. They also will know what the local weather is like. Keep in close contact with them and they may be able to move the schedule around to make the most of the rain and the clear moments. For instance, you could have the speeches before the dinner and then go for your photos after or you could have your dinner earlier and go for your photos afterwards when the rain has died off. Your guests will not notice the difference and you’ll make the best of the rain and shine.
Here is some more good news. Damp days are the perfect conditions for your floral arragements. Overcast skies, cooler temperatures and humidity all generally make flowers happier than sun, heat and dry air.
Or the absolute Icing on the proverbial cake, after the rain comes the rainbow. If Mother nature doesn’t deliver you can always grab some brightly coloured Heart shaped umbrellas which look fab in photographs or create the rainbow effect by getting your bridal party to have a different colour each.
Our wonderful heart shaped, pagoda and lace wedding umbrellas are the perfect umbrella for your big day. They also look great in your wedding photos! And if you're blessed with some great sunshine, they make a great parasol too.
If you are lucky enough to get a beautiful sunny day, umbrellas make fabulous photography props. If you’ve been on Pinterest you will have seen many beautiful night time shots of what looks like a LED Umbrella. All that happens is that the Groom (or Bride) holds a torch and shines it straight up into the umbrella to create a luminous effect.
If you want to see a few more examples check out our wedding umbrella Pinterest Board.
White = Boring. Maybe for some, which is why I wouldn’t limit yourself to only choosing white or ivory umbrellas. Particularly if you are using them as props.
Wedding umbrellas are specifically designed for one purpose - to protect your big day against the unpredictable British and Irish weather! Our huge range of wedding umbrellas are perfectly suited for wedding receptions and parties, plus we offer packs of wedding umbrellas to help you cater for all your guests. If you need a quick solution to bad weather on your wedding day, our wedding umbrella packs are perfect for you!
Even if you're worried you've left things to the last minute, don't panic all our umbrellas are in stock at our Dublin Warehouse for dispatch! If you need them super quick email us to see if we can assist with express delivery so you get the wedding umbrellas you need in time for your wedding. If you have any questions about size, colour, style or quantity, give our friendly team an email and we'll be happy to talk you through the options.
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