Outdoor weddings cut both ways. On one hand, a nature-based wedding ceremony is utterly romantic. On the other hand, brides and grooms tend to linger on this one problem since they set a date – what if it rains? The truth is that the idea of a perfect wedding does not include the rain. And wedding superstitions do not help neither. While some say that a little bit of drizzle is cleansing and unifying, others claim the rain is a symbol of the tears newlyweds will cry during the marriage.
A stitch in time saves nine
The only thing you have no control over on your wedding day is the rain. Even though the weather on your special day cannot be predicted, you can make sure it is close to your ideal one. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology and insert your location. The maps of average conditions provide the data on rainfall variability, average temperatures, solar exposure and humidity levels. Match your ideal weather with a certain month of the year when you would like to marry.
A back-up venue plan
If you are planning to have your nuptials outdoor, you always need a back-up venue plan no matter whether the forecast shows rain, or shine. Ask your venue company if they can provide a tent, or shade in case of inclement weather. If not, you can choose waterproof shade sails to cover a venue for the ceremony. They have a beautiful design, they are durable and easy to install. Discuss this option with your guests, caterers and musicians in advance.
Invest in the flooring
Despite your beautiful wedding tent, your wedding can be a disaster if you choose cheap flooring options. Consider the ones you can use both indoors and outdoors, such as the ones made from vinyl. They are portable and come in all styles, colours and textures. There are also specifically designed floors, which can protect the grass from drying out.
Umbrellas and boots come to your wedding’s rescue
Although a white umbrella is the first thought that comes to your mind, it can blend with the sky and ruin the photos. Be unique and funky and choose colourful umbrellas and matching boots. Another idea is to have the boots monogrammed. Parasols can also be used instead of ordinary umbrellas as they have a vintage feel to it, perfect for a wedding. LED light umbrellas are a good choice for night photos.
Make-up and hair tips
After cleansing and toning, be light on the moisturizer, especially if it is humid out. The primer is necessary to make the make-up last longer. Many brides opt for the water-resistant air-brush. Not only is the blot powder excellent for setting the make-up, but it is also great for absorbing the oil and taking away shine during a day. Carry it in your bag in case you need it. When it comes to hair, you can use a humidity-resistant spray. A useful tip is to see if your make-up and hair artist can be with you both before and after the ceremony, so that you can be more relaxed to go out in the rain.
Talk with your photographer
Interview your photographer in order to find out whether he/she has had experience with shooting in the rain. There are special techniques a photographer can use to make the rainy photos truly magical. Your photographer will advise you to be flexible with time. If it stops raining in the middle of the ceremony, he/she may ask you to go outside and take photos.
Controlling the uncontrollable is what contributes to stress and anxiety. Make preparations ahead of time so that you can be relaxed and stress-free on the actual wedding day. Embrace what you have and make the most of it.