No, it’s not ironic but it can be beautiful.
Since we seem to be in the middle of an unending monsoon season and many of you are getting married over the coming weeks I thought I should show you that rain needn’t be a bad omen.
Indeed it is often said that rain on one’s wedding day is a sign of good luck and whilst we all understand that this little idiom is just to placate the “stressed bride” it needn’t be the portent of doom to start your marriage.
Just look at the wonderful images. The joy. Dare I say the Blitz spirit? Yes, it’s not the perfect weather to be dancing around in a white dress but the days were still full of love and happiness. There is very little you can do to stop the rain (unless you happen to have a spare plane) but you can embrace it.
1. Remember outside in the UK can equal rain – be prepared. Have an indoor plan. However if this indoor plan is just a marquee remember that water can beat plastic in a game of scissors, paper, stone! Make sure you discuss rainy issues with your marquee company. We all remember being drenched by some marquee water issue!
2. Perhaps your bridesmaid presents could be pretty wellies. I love my Hunters but I also have swooned over the sweet Joules‘ wellies too. (If you’re really fancy Le Chameau – oh my they really are fancy wellies!). Try to save your pretty delicate shoes for indoors but if that’s not possible perhaps try and use showercaps or similar to keep them snug and fabulous! (You may have a better idea than me!) Or perhaps your new darling husband or wife can carry you!
3. Umbrellas. Whether you want to mix and match, shroud yourselves with chic fabulous black ones or take a style note from the Queen and go transparent, make sure you have plenty. A phalanx of umbrellas, if you will.
4. Light. This is one for your photographer perhaps and maybe one of personal taste but I adore the back lit rain drop images. That for me is embracing your slightly untoward predicament and showing the rain that love conquers all. Also think of the reflections, the possibility of rainbows and the amazing skyscapes you might be photographed in. Oh and one of my favourite images, your husband’s jacket upon your shoulders. Those shots are the zenith of chivalry.
5. If you are venturing outside remember 2 things – towels (especially if you are sitting in the rain!) and a cheap shower curtain. That way you can stand on the ground with your dress all prettily displayed on the floor without it getting wet. Oh yes. There are solutions!
Finally, remember it’s your wedding day. The rain will continue throughout your lives together, embrace it now and love it everyday. Remember dancing in the rain is really a wonderful, intimate, hilarious and joyful memory. Smile.