It's raining (of course it is!) but that doesn't mean your wedding day is ruined
Joe Blackman, Founding Director & CEO of Collection 26, shares his top tips to stop rain from putting a dampener on your wedding day...
Some of the most beautiful weddings I have produced have been filled with rain all day, and it’s really important not to see it as a negative, but plan for it and embrace it.
Having planned everything from small intimate countryside weddings through to weddings involving 3-4 weeks build time in marquees, people often hire wedding planners so we can consider the rain in advance, and make ensure we make the most of it. However, if you are planning your wedding yourself, here are a few of my 10 top tips:
1. Always imagine your wedding in its setting, while raining. It’s important to think about it raining and get used to that idea. If it is sunny, it’s a nice welcome surprise, and far easier to adapt plans to!
2. Think about anywhere that guests have to walk that involves grass, or land affected by water. Think heels, and use matting or boarded walkway to help.
3. Rain on fields generally means cars get stuck in easily. Think about putting trackway down on your venue, or using hardest parts of land for vehicle parking. It’s also good to negotiate with local pubs, neighbours, or anywhere else with hard areas as a contingency for parking.
4. When you are planning to use outdoor spaces, always think of your plan B for rain. If that’s a marquee, try and negotiate your cancellation fees so that if you cancel a marquee as it’s a heatwave, that you get most of your money back. You can also agree “standby” fees, you pay a marquee company a deposit, and then if you decide 7 days before the wedding for the marquee to go up, they only then charge you the balance.
5. Ensure you keep your hair and makeup stylists with you, or close behind at all times. Driving rain does affect makeup and hair, and those little touch ups make all the difference for photos throughout the day.
6. Umbrellas are a planner’s best friend! Make sure you have lots of them, and you can even personalise them to the wedding. They also make a fantastic prop for photos – but try to get matching umbrella’s, there are many different places these can be hired from.
7. Make sure your kitchen is connected to your dining space! People often use house kitchens for smaller marquee events, but think about any time food needs to travel outside – it gets wet!
8. If you are having fireworks, some of the most beautiful displays are in the rain. The evening mist can make pyrotechnics look stunning. Get everyone kitted out with wedding welly’s and poncho’s, add some high-energy music to the display and you have an electric experience for guests.
9. Think about taxis and guests getting home. If it’s raining, the chances are for many weddings in more rural settings, taxi availability will be very poor when guests leave. Try making an exclusivity deal with a taxi company who will guarantee taxi’s for you. For bigger weddings, some taxi companies will even provide a taxi marshall service.
10. Rain often comes with a darkness, which can make stunning reportage style photos dramatic and impactful. The natural haze can bring a unique texture to the images. Chat with your photographer in advance, see if they are comfortable with low light situations, and maybe plan in some shots embracing the rain.
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