My little blogging desk, as you may know, is on the edge of the Lake District. We do get sunshine, but more often we have a variety we call ‘liquid sunshine‘, and we’ve kind of learned to love a misty, drippy or downright sodden day’s adventure in the fells. So when I read that Cornwall’s loveliest wedding venue Launcells Barton had written about rain on your wedding day, I smiled. Turns out, for what sounds like a relatively tropical place to me, these Cornish wedding pros have some pretty amazing ideas for rainy wedding days! I asked if we could share their advice, and they very kindly said yes. So here are our top tips, just in case it rains on your wedding day!
1. Know how your wedding venue copes with rainy days
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, always have a plan B prepared just in case!
Keeping an eye on the forecast and staying in touch with your venue will allow them to make any necessary changes in advance. This will keep the morning of your wedding stress free, leaving you to relax and enjoy the day without having to think about moving things around.
At Launcells Barton, we have three indoor venues. Because the entire site is yours for your wedding, there will be no problem in moving indoors.
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2. Discover some gorgeous indoor photo locations
A good photographer will have the right camera & lens combination to take amazing shots indoors without using a flash. Check out your photographer’s winter and indoor wedding photos, and have a chat to see how they approach rainy days too. Is the quality of images consistent, both outdoors using natural light and indoors with limited or artificial lighting?
Whilst your heart may be set on photos in the grounds or in the walled garden, bad weather may stop this from being possible. Launcells Barton have their exquisite manor house which can be used for photos. If you’re worried about the weather affecting your photos, have a chat with your photographer and come up with a plan of back up locations for your shoot.
3. Find gorgeous umbrellas to suit your wedding style – just in case
Umbrellas aren’t the most elegant things in the world, but sometimes they are a necessity. Invest in a few clear, large umbrellas for the bride and bridesmaids to ensure a dry arrival. After a morning of hair and make-up they won’t want it ruined by rain, particularly if it could have been prevented.
Don’t forget, umbrellas needn’t be dull like the weather, why not get creative and use them as accessories? Pick some pastel shades or throw in a selection of classy coloured parasols, not only do they look great in photos, they’ll brighten those gloomy skies!
4. Wear your wellies with pride!
So many creative wedding venues are springing up around the UK, wedding wellies are surprisingly easy to find! Festival weddings, barn weddings and woodland wedding celebrations all call for a spare pair of wellies just in case, so there’s plenty of choice and opportunity to have fun with some wedding wellies! Pop a bright pair on under your dress when it’s raining… hoik up your dress and jump in the puddles!
5. Have an emergency beauty kit ready for rain damage!
This is genius from Launcells Barton – and I’d even suggest making up two of these: one kit for the bride & bridesmaids to keep in the bridal suite, and another in the ladies for your lovely guests!
Wind, rain, and heat can all damage your beautiful wedding hair and make-up. Ask your make-up artist and hairdresser for advice on what products and items you should keep at hand should the weather take a turn for the worse. Make sure your bridesmaids know where the kit is at all times should you need some help!
6. No matter what the weather, stay hydrated
In rainy weather, and on incredibly hot days, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water amidst all the wedding excitement. Surviving on alcohol for the duration of your wedding can cause more problems than good, so make sure you have a large selection of soft drinks and water so you and your guests can stay hydrated throughout the day.
7. Have an amazing day no matter what the weather is like!
You can waste hours and hours worrying about whether the sun will be out on the big day, but all that really matters is that you’re marrying the person you love. No matter what the weather is like, you’ll still have a fun and memorable day. If it tips it down with rain laugh it off, you’ll probably still be laughing in years to come!
Some of the most amazing wedding photos I’ve ever seen have been taken in the rain – backlit raindrops can be insanely beautiful. And who knows… you might even get a rainbow!