Wight Wedding Blog

Whether the weather counts on your wedding day 

The biggest gamble a couple will take during wedding planning will be deciding whether to go for a summer wedding or to go off peak and plan for the worst case weather scenario in style. But for other brides who are tempted by how much less expensive it can be to plan a wedding between November and March, are there ways of planning for a rainy wedding day in style? (Above you will see Hayley and Lee who's Real Wedding you can read in the blog here.)

Any time between the start of April and the end of October will cost significantly more as the summer months become more unpredictable. May-August have the advantage of brighter evenings and higher temperatures even if it buckets it down on the day, so higher rates may well be worth it. April, September and October are the anomaly: you don’t have the benefit of longer evenings, the weather is very unreliable and it’s hard to know how to dress if you’re a guest. Even if your special day is blessed with the brightest sun of the year it may still get cold very early and these months may pose difficult questions regarding venues (how much would it be to heat a marquee in October?)

So what’s the best option? As much as we all want sunny photos to look back at, I believe there are 3 things that make a great wedding:

 

  1. A happy couple

If you think there is a big chance that you might get wet/muddy or wet and muddy on your big day have a think about a back up plan. Have a member of the family stock up their car boot with a big tarpaulin (to stand on if your photo location is particularly rural), umbrellas and a few waterproof coats. Think of an indoor or sheltered location for your photographs as well, just in case the heavens open and no amount of waterproof material will help.

Go one stylish step further and spend some time with the hens decorating some bespoke wellie boots to match the theme of the wedding. ‘Mr and Mrs’ wellingtons would be too cute. Create yourself a matching umbrella and work it into the photos as a feature.

As long as you’re both prepared, the stress of having to deal with damp hair and a dirty hem will leave more time to just enjoy yourselves. You could even make the whole day work to your advantage by setting rain and British weather as the theme. (I’m thinking seeds or bulbs as favours and watering cans and wellies filled with flowers)

p.s. 2 words…waterproof mascara.

  1. Comfortable Guests

Hopefully your guests will be able to dress themselves and make sensible decisions about whether to bring a coat or not…but sometimes venues can be colder than expected and chilly guests might not make for a fun crowd. Having warmed the hearts of your guests during the ceremony, heat the rest of them up by providing mulled drinks instead of cocktails. Get yourself on eBay and see if you can find a bulk of brightly coloured wraps just in case it gets colder during the night. Stocking up on cheap umbrellas might also save a few made-up faces just in case it rains during the day. Help create a warming atmosphere with candles, use as many as you possibly can (without breaching ‘elf and safety laws) to create a romantic and starry glow.

3. Great music

To bring everyone together and distract from the clouds - bag yourself a good enough quartet, band or DJ and they’ll be able to compensate for the lack of sunshine by creating the right atmosphere. 

 

There are so many options and ideas available to help you plan a beautiful day, come rain or shine! Of course, we all hope that you’ll be so happy and focused on marrying the man/woman of your dreams that you won’t notice whether the weather is good or otherwise. But if you can’t afford a summer wedding and fancy something a little bit different or quirky, there is plenty you can do to manage the rain risk out of your Wight wedding day.

All of the photography above was contributed by Emma Watts Photography and Emma is a dabb hand at advising couples ahead of their day how to prepare and how she will make every effort to get some great images on your day, regardless of the weather. 

Marianne X

Or you could end up like this lot below...wishing it would rain just a little bit because they wanted a shot with their wellies on!