Written by Katie Byrne, published 22nd january
Rain, rain, go away ☂
Spring bride? Make your day a breeze with these pointers for tackling the most common W-day issues
1. Temperamental weather
One minute it’s hot, the next it’s cold. Then it starts to rain - or actually, is that sleet…?
There’s no way to control weather, of course; however, what you can do is create a Plan B (and C, if necessary) to handle unexpected bursts. Talk to your venue about what you can do in case of poor weather: for example, where you can take your ‘official’ photos if you were planning to do it outdoors, or what you’ll do if you’re planning to exchange your vows in that beautiful rose garden. Also, make sure you’ve got the basics covered: invest in a few cheap white parasols, as well as some Wellington boots.
‘Tis the season for uncontrollable sneezing! A quarter of British adults suffer with some degree of hayfever, meaning there’s a strong chance either you or your partner will have it. How to tackle it? Talk to your florist about which flowers are least likely to induce reactions (because yes - you can still use fresh blooms). Have a recce around your venue and work out the areas where there are most likely to be problematic hotspots: that pretty blossom tree by the side door, that freshly-mown lawn… You get the jist. As well as scoping out your location, be sure to pop a non-drowsy anti-histamine tablet. Your wedding day is not the time to trial new medication - rather, be sure to give any new treatment a practice-use in advance.
3. Out-of-season flowers
Fallen in love with a stunning bouquet on Pinterest? Adore it, yes - but don’t pin your hopes on it until you’ve spoken to your florist. Just because it’s spring, doesn’t mean everything has quite sprung into life just yet. For example, peonies don’t bloom until mid-May - and no matter how much you love them, sourcing them out of-season will be difficult and expensive.
4. Mud, mud, glorious mud...
Soft ground and boggy grass might mean your wedding shoes will get a little dirty - and don’t get us started on the hem of your dress! If you’re worried about it, be prepared (keep your skirt off the ground at all times when outdoors and wear boots or heel-stoppers) - otherwise, just go with it and let the marks become part of your wedding day story. Alternatively, you can always take your dress to be professionally cleaned after the wedding day - particularly important if you’re planning to put it into storage.