How to turn a rainy wedding day into a romantic one

How to turn a rainy wedding day into a romantic one

You’ve already reserved the venue, scheduled the photographer, and bought your little sister’s plane ticket. Then you hear the words that strike fear into the heart of every bride: “Scattered showers.” Before you give up and start thinking about eloping to Jamaica, realize that even a rainy wedding day can be a romantic one; sometimes, even more so.

Some folks say rain is good luck on a wedding day. It carries beautiful symbolism. Rain washes away impurities and leaves everything fresh and clean. It helps flowers to grow. Imagine the sky is watering the new “seed” you and your husband are planting to grow a new life. You can even work this into a ceremony, if you wish, by symbolically planting a seed in a small pot together and letting the rain fall upon it. 

Embrace the weather by incorporating it into your wedding theme. (Although, keep in mind, there’s a chance it won’t rain, too!) Plan for either scenario by purchasing matching his-n-hers umbrellas, or invest in a giant one for both of you. You can also give umbrellas in your wedding colors as favors to your guests. Think about matching umbrellas for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. 

Worried about guests getting chilled? Be extra considerate of older guests and guests in poor health; you don’t want anyone catching a cold instead of the bouquet. You can hand out shawls and blankets for guests to keep warm, and serve steaming mugs of tea, coffee, cider, or cocoa for an extra cozy touch.

Let your song list reflect the sky: Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Gene Kelly’s classic “Singin’ In The Rain,” or “Laughter In The Rain,” by Neil Sedaka: “I hear laughter in the rain / Walking hand in hand with the one I love / How I love the rainy days / And the happy way I feel inside.”

You may have to adjust your ceremony for the weather. If you’re planning a candle ceremony, consider a ceremony involving roses instead. Candles in the rain are no problem if they’re well covered, though; make sure they’re surrounded by glass on all sides to protect them from breezes, too. 

Dress practically. Skip the long train so you’re not worried about holding your gown out of the mud. Tea-length dresses work best to keep the wet ground from soiling the hem. And, although no one can fault the bride for wearing white, avoid thin white fabric when possible to prevent that “wet t-shirt” look. The more layers your dress has, the less you’ll need to worry. 

Are you stressing about how you’ll afford the perfect pair of designer wedding shoes? Mother Nature may have just have given you a rain pass. Galoshes are adorable and come in a virtually unlimited selection of colors and designs. Give your bridesmaids matching ones and you’ll be sure they’ll wear their gift again and again. 

Will your bouquet need to stand up to direct rain? Choose hearty flowers over delicate ones that can wilt and droop under a barrage of droplets. Pink and white lotus flowers naturally repel water, and look very exotic when paired with their own textured seed pods. Roses and lilies can also withstand water; additionally, dewdrops caught on the edges of the petals can make the perfect photo-op. 

Play with the reflections the rain is so thoughtfully providing for you. Water can turn ordinary asphalt into a virtual mirror, and it can lend a fairyland sparkle to every tree and blade of grass. Your photographer can compose dramatic shots that wouldn’t be possible with clear skies. Plus, the diffuse light of an overcast sky will give you even more flattering wedding photographs than the harsh glare of a sunny afternoon.

Make your hairdo weather-proof. Keep in mind that the moisture in the air can make hair (especially curly hair) puff up, while direct rain will slick it down. Trick Mother Nature by choosing a style that will look good in either case, such as a tight updo or a pixie cut. Hats are also wonderful accessories for rainy days. Go with a wide brim for a sweeping Audrey Hepburn look that will keep the rain out of your eyes, too. 

Have a shelter nearby where guests have the option of staying dry. If the rain comes and goes throughout the day, the reception can drift under and out from cover. This can be an indoor area, a large gazebo, a barn or greenhouse, or a tent you rent for the occasion. 

A word of safety about rainy weddings: be sure all electronic equipment is well covered, and never let the tips of extension cords drag through puddles. 

The biggest factor in enjoying a rainy wedding is your attitude. Your guests will take their cue from your mood. If you embrace the weather and take your first dance under a misty sky (or cuddled romantically under an umbrella), your guests will be inspired to kick off their shoes and do the same. Rain can be incredibly romantic and transform even familiar settings into dramatic and exotic locales. Once people are wet, they’ll be more likely to drop their inhibitions and just have fun. Encourage this with lively music and enthusiasm. After all, you’re the bride, and all eyes are on you!

If the sky opens unexpectedly while you are “tying the knot,” just smile and remember that a wet knot is much harder to pull apart than a dry one. You and your husband will remain tightly woven together. The best part about a rainy wedding day, though, is that, unlike those who marry in full sun, you might be graced by a rainbow.