Wight Wedding Blog


Wedding dress cover – Rainaway Bride

All images of Rainaway Bride by Ugg Photography

By Dornellie

Supplier feature

We wish it wasn’t so, but in England it rains and although the Isle of Wight has more sunshine hours than other places in the UK, it can’t be guaranteed that on your wedding day it will be sunny dry and warm. Just a reminder, but even if it rains your family and friends will still come out to see you get married. It’s a good idea to have a contingency in place for bringing any outside activities or entertainment inside, unless rain is an essential element…we didn’t think so. We wrote a blog on ‘whether the weather counts’ on your wedding day and how you should try to think about the possibility of rain on your wedding on the beautiful (even through rain) Isle of Wight.

One thing you can do, thanks to a new innovative product developed here on the fair shores of the Island, is protect your dress from developing that wet slightly browned colour at the bottom of it as you make your way to the wedding ceremony on a rainy day. It is called Rainaway Bride, and we have to say that we wished we had thought of it. Why hasn’t anyone thought of it before now?? It doesn’t matter, as one clever lady has designed, researched and has made ready for you eager brides a wedding dress cover that will protect your dress, your hair and make up from bad weather on your wedding day. Finally – a way of preventing your beautiful and expensive dress being dirtied at the beginning middle or end of your day by rain and wet dirty floors.

We have asked Karen (who also runs Dornellie, as if that wasn’t already enough) to give us a little more information on how when and why she came up with the wedding dress cover and the all important question – the price. You are going to  be so pleased when you hear.



Hi Karen – we are excited to talk to you about your new innovative design the Rainaway Bride.  Can you tell us your description of what it is and what it does?

The Rainaway Bride is a waterproof cloak with an elasticated hem which scoops up and away a brides gown and train from puddles and mud. The large hood protects the hair, make-up, veil and/or headpiece from rain and wind.


How did you come up with the idea? An Einstein moment?

I was concerned after the amount of rain that fell last year that brides would struggle to arrive at the ceremony looking as pristine as they left home. The one thing that cannot be prearranged for a wedding is the weather and lets face it the British weather is not the most predictable at any time of the year.


Was turning that idea into a reality difficult?

Not really. I managed to find a fabric supplier where I can buy, relatively easily, the waterproof lightweight fabric from. The design took a while to think through in order to cover all aspects of what it would be needed for i.e. large hood, the elastication and the size this needed to be, the armholes etc. It took a couple of tries to get to the final design but I think it covers all that's required.


Since launching the Rainaway Bride, what kind of feedback have you had?

I have had nothing but good feedback and 2 of the major trade magazines have featured it in their publications after I contacted them about it. Brides so far have been very positive about this and I have received orders from as far away as Australia and the USA so far.



Is there an ideal dress for the Rainaway bride or can it cater for almost any size and shape?

The Rainaway will scoop up and cover almost all dresses apart from a big fat gypsy wedding styled dress! Best thing to do is to go into one of the shops that now hires the Rainaway or sells it, to try it on with your dress.


That’s great, how much is it for a Rainaway Bride and can brides have a personalised version?

2017 update - £199 with opportunity for 50% cashback (terms and conditions apply and can be found on the Dornellie website here


Do you have plans to develop the product further?

I will be making it in other colours for evening wear, smaller versions for flower girls, possibly funky colours for festivals etc, fleece lined for winter weather and to be honest loads more versions once it really takes off.


We think it is a fantastic idea and we quite fancy a fleece lined one for winter or a festival, how can people have the chance to try it out?

I hope to be at wedding fairs on both the Island and mainland this year and will keep people posted via my Facebook page for both Dornellie and Rainaway Bride. Personalize in Newport and Inspired Island Events in Lake will have one brides can try on and hire, so do head down to see it.


At £75 we think this is a fantastic design that will most definitely be putting ladies minds at ease whether it be the bride, bridesmaids or flower girls. Nothing says ‘I’ve had the longest day in the rain’ more than a light brown hem and a slight frizz to your beautiful wedding day hair. It’s a snip for what you gain and you can be the first to have what we are sure will sell like hot cakes as people get to hear more about it. If we can’t guarantee more sunshine and dry weather, then Dornellie can at least guarantee you a way of keeping your dress, hair and make-up in the best possible condition on your wedding day.

For more information, to purchase a Rainaway bride or to ask Karen some questions go to the Dornellie Profile in Wight Wedding Days where you can visit Karens website, Facebook page and Twitter account or go straight to the Rainaway Bride website here.

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