Ignoring the fact Alanis Morrisette clearly didn’t understand irony, one of her most famous songs highlighted a scenario that is considered to be a bit of a nightmare – and I don’t mean the 10,000 spoons thing.
The very first line of the ‘Ironic’ chorus, apparently summing up everything that is frustrating and wrong in the world: It’s like raaaaaain on your wedding day.
I really hate rain, mainly because my hair can’t handle the slightest hint of moisture without going completely wavy (and not in a good way). I particularly despise the horrible British rain that’s cold and wet and makes me want to hide under a duvet and not surface until the sun’s shining again. But my obsessive need to have straight hair means that even the tropical sun-shower sort of rain that they get abroad is not popular with me: I’m in a rather serious relationship with my ghds, and I have been known to wear a plastic carrier bag like a hat to avoid the dreaded curls during a downpour. (It only happened once and it was a desperate situation. Don’t judge me.)
With that said, I have slightly surprised myself by thinking that a rainy wedding is not a disaster. It’s the happiest day of your life, so who cares if the sun’s not shining? If you’re having a UK wedding there’s always a chance of rain, even in the summer months – and while bright sunshine makes nice photos, there’s no reason why you can’t style the rain in your favour too.
I don’t intend on repeating the plastic bag scenario, so some colour coordinating umbrellas are already on my list of Important Wedding Things to buy. And if the heavens should open on the day, I’ll just make sure one of my bridesmaids carries some travel straighteners to deal with my hair emergencies. There’s no use letting something as unpredictable as the weather spoil the fun, is there?
If you still need convincing, here are some examples of umbrellas being used in fabulous wedding photography. Extra points go to the brides in wellies.
If you had bad weather on your wedding day, how did you cope? Would rain ruin it for you?