Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

Whilst rain on your wedding day is said to be good luck and symbolise fertility, most brides-to-be will be kept awake at night worrying over the weather.

The key to avoiding those sleepless nights is to be prepared!

If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony or reception plan your day during a typically dry month. It isn't totally foolproof however it will lessen the chances of wet weather.
Australian brides, check out the Bureau of Meteorology before setting the date. Average temperatures and rainfall stats are easy to access.

Check the Weather Forecast
The BOM can accuratey predict the weather within 5-7 days. Keep an eye on the forecast to avoid a last minute rush. You will have plenty of time to activate your wet weather plans and advise guests and suppliers of the changes.

Plan B for the Ceremony
If you are getting married on a beach consider hiring a marquee. It will protect you from the elements if it does rain and guests will be grateful for some shade even if the day is warm and sunny.
Alternatively you could arrange for a ceremony at the reception venue whether it be in the room itself or on a balcony area.
Reception venues which offer courtyard ceremonies usually provide you with a secondary venue option for inclement weather. Just be sure to read the fine print as there may be an additional cost.

Photography in Wet Weather
Some of the most gorgeous wedding pics I have ever seen were taken in the rain. The lighting is clear and bright and the effect can be beautiful and moody.
Get your photographer's thoughts, they will have done this before and might have some locations in mind. Big black or clear umbrellas make for a fun accessory and add a fashion element to the day. Cuter still are pretty gumboots like these polka-dot ones which match the theme of the day.

Whatever the weather, enjoy your day!
Images from Meg Perotti


Anonymous said...

The spotty gumboots are so very cute. Such a fun idea!

a bluebird bride said...

Great post! Planning an autumn wedding, we're having to factor in rain but you know - I love rain! I have no problem if it rains, as long as it doesn't completely bucket down. I'd have rain over WIND any day of the week! That wedding photo in the rain is gorgeous

Bonnie- amour amour said...

I was an Autumn bride and whilst it poured rain in the days prior to the wedding and the morning, the weather cleared right up and the day ended up being sunny and rather warm.
There's just no telling so it's really not worth the worry!