What to Do if it Rains on Your Wedding Day

Written by Izzy Blacher
We all know the English weather can be unpredictable, so whether your wedding date is in August or November, there is always a possibility that the skies may open at some point.

You will still have an amazing day regardless of the weather, and a little forward planning will mean you are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. As the Events Manager at Treseren, an exclusive use Georgian country house venue in Cornwall, we’ve hosted our fair share of wet-weather-weddings so here’s some top tips.

Be prepared

If your wedding day vision involves a ceremony in the sunshine and guests playing croquet on the lawns, then of course we hope that is what happens for you. However, you need to be prepared that rain may hamper these options. At Treseren, we always talk through a ‘plan A’ and a ‘plan B’ with our couples, so we all know what is going to happen in any weather situation. When choosing your venue, make sure you chat this through with them and ensure you will be just as happy with a plan B scenario.

Don’t weather watch!

Ok, we know you are going to look at the weather forecast at some point, but my advice is to not fixate on this. Too far ahead of your date and the forecast is almost pointless anyway – so make sure you are happy with your indoor and outdoor options and don’t put too much weight on what the forecast predicts. Treseren couples always arrive the afternoon before the wedding day, and this is when we have a final conversation about the weather and decide which plan we are going to activate!

Embrace it!

It’s no secret that photographers love a stormy sky and low light – some of the most atmospheric wedding day photos are taken on wet weather days. So, grab the umbrellas (make sure your venue or photographer has these, or confirm if you need to source them) and get outside! Hair and make-up can always be touched up and you will be sure to capture some amazing memories. Treseren is just a 10 minute drive from the beach so couples often choose to be whisked away by their photographer.


If your guests spilling out onto the lawns and enjoying garden games is just not possible, then a back up plan is always recommended. A wedding day quiz is my top tip here! This is a great way of engaging everyone – and often discovering who’s got the most competitive streak! If you have gathered a group of people that wouldn’t often all be together, then it is a perfect way of breaking the ice and adding an element of fun to the day. Of course, a roaring log fire and comfy sofas always help.

The most important thing to remember on the day is to enjoy every last second, whatever the weather may bring – and as our Housekeeper Marie always tells us after 40 years of being happily married, it’s lucky to have rain on your wedding day!

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