So . . . You’ve decided to get married in the UK? If you’ve lived here for any amount of time you’ll know that the weather is NEVER guaranteed. The chances are whatever the time of year your wedding is planned for, the UK is never without at least a ‘threat’ of rain. The best course of action is to channel our inner girl guide and ‘be prepared’.

You’ll have been planning your wedding for months – booked your suppliers, found the perfect dress and invited all of your friends and family – only to discover that there’s a chance of rain on the big day.

I know that this can feel like the end of the world after all the hard work you’ve put in. But there’s really no reason to let a little rain dampen your special day. You can even make fashion statements with wellies and brollies but the most thing to remember is to just enjoy it!

There are lots of reasons why rain can be a GOOD thing on your big day.

Traditionally; rain on your wedding day is good luck because it can signify longevity for the marriage. As you probably know, a knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you ‘tie the knot’ on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly just as hard to unravel! We can thank the Hindu tradition of hand fasting for this belief. Get in touch with either Jennie Hermolle Wedding Celebrant or Jane Grayer of Create Ceremonies if you fancy including a hand fasting in your ceremony. They are both fantastic people to have around on your special day.

Rain traditionally washes away bad memories and gives you a new fresh start. That refreshing scent ‘Petrichor‘ that you can smell after the rain promotes a new day feeling. The word petrichor is derived from two Greek words. In Greek mythology gods and immortals didn’t have blood flowing through their veins; they were animated by ichor. Since petra means stones, petrichor is the blood of a stone which can be released through light rainfall.

Make sure you have extra things to do inside if the weather shows any signs of being less than favourable. Chat to your venue! – they WILL have ideas and a contingency plan for moving things indoors even if you’ve set your heart on an outdoor vibe.

Plan indoor entertainment to keep your guests engaged -the Mr & Mrs game always goes down well.

Rain on your wedding day can also be good luck as it traditionally signifies fertility, rain of course waters the ground and aids the growth of plants. If you’re an allergy sufferer it dampens pollen (always a big plus) and your real flowers will be much less likely to wilt.

The gorgeous flowers pictured here are from The Fabulous Florist who is based in Ledbury – she’s definitely a recommended supplier of mine.

Ask your wedding photographer for contingency plans for rainy wedding days, if they’re an expereinced photographer they’ll have encountered plenty of rainy day weddings and won’t be at all phazed by them. I’ll admit in the early days I really hated the thought of shooting rainy weddings and would be checking the weather report constantly. Now . . . I always have pretty umbrellas in my boot and can often do group shots indoors when required – I’ll always keep a close eye on things on the day and be keeping an look out for breaks in the weather, dramatic stormy skies and rainbows!

If anything these days I Iove a few raindrops – they make for super pretty photographs and give a true picture of the day. So the biggest tip of all is to embrace the weather – After all . . .

Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning to dance in the rain!

Be prepared for timings to shift

Rainstorms are truly unpredictable, which means some will last 20-minutes while others may last hours. Because of this, I know that many couples opt to wait the storm out to see if it stops. It may also take more time to round up your wedding party for photos or move your guests from one location to another.

Also be prepared to go with what may seem like crazy ideas from your photographer –

You’ll end up with some amazing images like below if you do. I love that Rachel and Ben went for standing out in a downpour for this shot, we’d been stuck inside ALL day. I set up a flash behind where I wanted them to stand and set it off with the one on my camera, there was a little ambient light lighting up the building in front too. The heavens literally opened as they came outside – I shot about 10 photographs, then we all ran in, laughing! – Years on it’s still one of my favourite wedding photographs! SO worth getting wet for.

Venues featured here: Hellens Manor , Clearwell Castle, Alexander Park and Glewstone Court .