Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bring on the Bright Side!

How to Rock the Rain on Your Wedding Day

Weddings in this half of the year can be so fun, vibrant and—tricky. Yes, tricky. That’s because from now all the way to the –ber months, the weather’s surely going to be playing tricks here and there. Days can start off as bright with cloudless sky in the morning, and finally turn out damp and chilly in the afternoon, even stormy. Now if you’re a bride, the thought of having rain on your dream wedding—whether outdoor or indoor—is enough to send shivers down your spine. 

But who says rain has to spoil your big day? When life gives you rain, dance in it! Let’s bring on the bright side with these tips that you can roll out of your petticoat as soon as the clouds come rolling in.

Have a Plan B

It pays to have foresight, especially on your big day. Check for a 14-day, 7-day and even 3-day weather forecast prior to your wedding and see if you will need to get some extra preparations ready in case it rains. If your wedding will be held outdoors, will you have a nearby indoor location that you can move to should it start to pour? If not, will a tent and flooring (should the ground get soggy after much rain) be available? Do you have generators on standby in case a storm comes up and power lines get cut off? These may sound too minor a detail, but it’s always good to have something to pull out the moment it starts to drizzle.

Give a Heads Up

Nobody wants to be the uninformed guest. So give them a heads up. If weather forecasts predict for rain (or even strong breezes) on your wedding day, make sure you let them know so they can prepare. You may request for your guests to wear extra layers as the rain may turn the weather a little cold. The ladies and bridesmaids may also avoid wearing chiffon dresses that can ruffle in the wind. Last but not the least, if you’ll be having an outdoor wedding, be sure to let your hairstylist know that the weather will be a little breezy. That way, your hairstylist can prepare a style that will not make you look like a disaster on your big day.

Hype Up on the Romance

Rain is romantic, remember that! And in a great deal of sense, rainy weddings get to celebrate more fun and style than those that missed the showers. There are a lot of ideas to make the rain work wonders on your wedding day. For one, you can have your first (umbrella) dance under the soft drizzle! (This works up so nicely on camera, trust us! See Katy and Ryan’s wedding.)

And speaking of good shots, there are so many amazing (even magical) photos that can come up out of a rainy wedding! What you should do is get good wedding photographers (and yes, there are many!) and let them do their thing. For sure, your photographers will know how to help you celebrate the situation and bring out the rainy romance in your photos. (Looking for great photographers? Hit us a note and we’ll be glad to recommend to you amazing people who can rock your special day, rain or no rain!)

Photo by Mimi and Karl

Photo by Katherine Birkbeck


Soak Up the Showers in Style

Getting married on a rainy day doesn’t have to mean you’ll have to wash the chic stuff away—it’s actually a great time to soak up in style! And that goes for you and your guests as well. Here are some stylishly fresh ideas to get you started:

Keep your guests cosy with shawls that can warm them up. And while you’re at it, pick out those in your theme or color!

Photo by Katy Lunsford

When the rain drops come pouring down, pull up those cute motif umbrellas! Choose those of your theme, or color, or even your school pride! These cute umbrellas can work as nice wedding favors for your guests, too!

Photo by Brooke Allison

Photo by Heidi Vail

And if you want to take your floral styling a little further, why not celebrate it with these babies:

Umbrellas by Galleria

And here’s another awesome reason to love the rain on your wedding day: it makes perfect excuse for these cute, nifty boots! Sexy and still lady-like, don’t you think?

Photo by Kerry Morgan



To light up candles is one thing. But to light up candles while rain drops dramatically shower softly down the window pane, now that’s extra points on the romance scale!


As we say, “When it rains, it glows.” Well, we really never say that, but hey—since the rain darkens the sky too early, why not rock the moment with some cool glow sticks for you and your guests? Aside from being fun, these bright stuff can also make your reception entrance look something like this:

Photo by Jeremy Igo

And that’s just to cite a few! There are a dozen other ways to rock the rain in style, so get creative!

Embrace the Rain

Lastly, keep your mind on the bright side. If you’re too anxious about the less-than-ideal circumstances on your special day, then just don’t let your guests know about it. Stressed bride = Stressed wedding. Remember, it’s not the preparations—not even the weather—that make a wedding day perfect; it’s you and your spouse. The bride and the groom—their love, smile, and all that—are ultimately what the guests came to celebrate. So just go out there, embrace the rain, and be thankful! It may actually be God’s way of blessing your big day in a unique, unforgettable way.

How about you—how was your wedding? Got other ideas to celebrate the rain on your special day? We’d love to hear from you!


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