Rain, rain, go away! Can’t you see, it’s a wedding day?

Rain, huh. What is it good for?

I was at a wedding this weekend. In all that rain. Thankfully, the couple had planned well, and the wet weather ended up being a footnote to their day. No-one ever hopes for rain on their wedding day. But if you get it, there can be bonuses:

Compared to the stifling heat of some mid-summer ceremonies, a soft rain can make a beautiful atmosphere – any sweaty palms will be from nerves, not heat. Your bouquets and corsages will last longer in a cool, moist environment.

Don’t  freak out about the wedding photos. You’ve hired a good, professional photographer, right? Well, they will have no problem making beautiful pictures in the rain. I’ve often heard photographers say that cloudy weather creates better pictures than full sun, so smile, and enjoy the weather – the results might end up surprising you.

No matter what the long-term forecast predicts, you should always leave room in your planning for wet weather plans.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you should be prepared with an option that provides shelter for guests, and yourselves, or a backup location if the weather forces you to move the ceremony inside.

If the weather has been bad in the weeks leading up to the wedding, the ground underfoot may be boggy, even if the skies are blue. Consider laying planking, or other flooring  to avoid having your venue end up as a mud pit. It may be a good idea to wait to put on your bridal shoes until arriving at the venue so that you don’t squelch your way down the aisle. And, I’ve always thought that gumboots are the ultimate bridal accessory!

For an indoor wedding, rain will be more of an annoyance than a real problem. The Corner Store offers a rental service for guest umbrellas, so that your ushers can escort guests safe and dry into the venue.

If it does end up raining on your wedding day, the best thing to do is grin and bear it. It may be disappointing, but, short of a cyclone, it shouldn’t be a disaster. Your guests will be taking their cue directly from you – if you’re not bothered by the weather, you give them permission to see the silver lining, too.

If people insist on being miserable along with the weather, just keep repeating “Rain on your wedding day, is good luck. It represents freshness, and good tidings for a fruitful, productive future.”

EDIT TO ADD – and if you’re worrying about the possiblity of rain, remember, The Corner Store has a big basket of matching, plain black rain umbrellas that you can hire for the weekend, just in case!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Johnwh
    Jun 25, 2010 @ 05:02:14

    This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest


  2. Bingif
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 12:36:09

    I’m looking forward to getting more information about this topic, don’t worry about negative opinions.


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