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5 tips to weatherproof your wedding

After months of freezing temperatures and non-stop rain, we certainly deserve a warm and sunny summer, but how can you weatherproof a wedding in case it continues?

Who better to ask than Rosie Borland, owner of Brolly Bucket, the UK’s leading umbrella hire company. Rosie and I have come up with some top tips to make sure rain doesn't spoil your big day...

Rosie Borland 5 tips to weatherproof your wedding

Hope for the best, plan for the worst

We’re all for outdoor ceremonies, but having a contingency plan is essential. When you visit a venue, ask to see the indoor ceremony room, check its size and make sure you’d be happy if you had to use it. 

Ask your florist to have a look at the room too. Most flower arrangements should be moveable, even at the last minute. But if you have your heart set on a ceremony arch, keep in mind that they’re usually built in situ.

Good marquee companies will be experienced at dealing with bad weather and their marquees should be built to withstand the elements. Depending on where your marquee is located and what the ground is underfoot, they may lay additional flooring or walkways to stop your guests getting muddy. Talk to them if you’re worried.

Without wanting to be pessimistic, try visualising how rain would affect your day and think about how you could tweak your plans if you needed to. For example, if garden games aren’t an option, could kids watch TV or do indoor activities instead? 

Above all, make sure you aren’t the only people who know the plan B. If you have hired a wedding planner or on-the-day coordinator then they will have this covered, but if you haven’t, then your Best Man and ushers should be well prepared!

Grab a brolly and go explore!

Supplied a few days in advance of your wedding, Brolly Bucket umbrellas come in handy for your rehearsal, big day and any family celebrations you have planned. Our friendly, personal service means we take great care in helping you with your order and arranging collection afterwards. We work from a lovely rural workshop just north of Glasgow, but we supply and support lovely weddings all over the UK.

Most of our customers book their umbrellas long before they see a weather forecast for their wedding. We can help you work out how many to order and which colour and style would work best for your wedding.

Greeting your guests with an umbrella is a fantastic job for your ushers or male family members. Your guests will feel like VIPs being escorted from the car and it will keep their new and very special outfits dry too!

Talk to your photographer

Don’t worry, rain won’t spoil your wedding photographs. Some of the best photographs we’ve seen were taken in less than perfect conditions! Photographers love dramatic skies and you can be sure that stylish umbrellas will make your photographs unique. 

That said, it’s worth chatting with your photographer about where you’ll have your photographs taken if the weather turns. Trekking across a field might not be so appealing if it’s pouring down…

Footwear and blankets

If you know you’ll need to walk outside, or you’re determined to have some photographs taken outdoors whatever the weather, have a spare pair of shoes (or wellies!) to change into. A wrap, shawl or lightweight blanket would be perfect to throw over your shoulders and keep you snug as you wait for photographs or explore your venue's grounds.

Baskets full of cosy blankets will also make for warm and happy guests. Are you having fireworks or outdoor drinks? A few fleeces draped over the back of some chairs are a lovely touch and will make your friends and family feel loved. 

Research wedding insurance

It may sound extreme, but then ‘Storm Emma’ was extreme! It is extremely unlikely but were you, or your most important guests, unable to get to your venue because of bad weather (and subsequent flight cancellations or road closures for example) then you may be able to claim on your wedding insurance. Worth investigating if you’re getting married in the winter!


Head over to Brolly's Bucket's website to see their full range of stylish umbrellas and other items available to hire.

If you need help putting the finishing touches to your wedding plans and styling, I offer a Helping Hand and Final Weeks coordination service. 

6 weeks to go - top tips to avoid getting stressed-out before your wedding

In 6 weeks’ time, Harry and Meghan will tie the knot at Windsor Castle. But they aren’t the only lovebirds eagerly anticipating their wedding... If you're also getting married soon, here are some top tips on how to avoid getting stressed-out as the big day approaches.

Emma Joy The Wedding Planner 6 weeks to go

1) It’s natural to feel anxious, but it’s important that you don’t get overwhelmed (even when you’re working on your final seating plan!). Make time for yourselves away from the wedmin and try to get plenty of exercise and restful sleep. Brides – it’s never a good idea to change your beauty regime just before your wedding. Instead, follow your beautician’s advice and if you do nothing else, remember to drink lots of water!

2) Schedule final fittings with plenty of time to spare. Don’t leave it until the last minute to buy ties for your Ushers or accessories for your Bridesmaids. You can guarantee that the shops will sell out of popular colours and sizes during wedding season.

3) Make sure that all of your legal paperwork is in order and confirm your requirements with your suppliers. Double-check that they know where they need to go on the day and when. If you have a wedding planner then they will be your point of contact, but if not, make sure they have your Best Man’s phone number and can get hold of someone at your venue.

4) If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to buy gifts for your loved ones. Your florist will be able to help you with bouquets, but consider choosing something to treasure as well. 

5) Finishing touches like a ‘welcome to our wedding’ sign and photos of the two of you are what make your wedding day unique. Think practically too. Your guests might not remember to book a taxi, so why not print out some local taxi numbers ready for the end of the evening?

Still worried about how much there is to do? I can help you get through your mounting to-do list and be there on the day to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Take a look at my Final Weeks coordination service to find out more.