Three simple ways to prepare for rain on your summer wedding day
The Irish weather can be a cruel mistress at the best of times, here's how to avoid it ruining your big day.
If last weekend's epic Guns n' Roses concert at Slane reminded us of anything, it wasn't that rock and roll never dies (we always knew Axel had it in him), it was just how volatile the weather in Ireland really can be.
And the lesson really hit home when revellers joined in the chorus of November Rain - harking back to band's 1991 video which featuring a beautiful wedding that is monumentally destroyed when a huge storm arrives and incites panic among the inappropriately clad guests.
Which brings us to summer weddings in Ireland.
Irish weather is notoriously difficult to predict, so assuring yourself that your wedding day will be bathed in sun - or at least dry - because it's in the middle of June is a fool's game.
As for all occasions, planning for every eventuality makes for a much smoother transition once it does, and having the notion that you could have to endure full-on snowstorm in the back of your mind as you pick your venue and decor will give you all the mental prep you need to cope with anything the day throws at you.
With that said, planning isn't always easy when you don't know where to start, so here are three simple ways to make sure the weather doesn't get the better of you.
1. Have a 'Plan B' for outdoor ceremonies and drinks reception
Many couples in Ireland have been taken in by the stunning photos of beautiful outdoor weddings that prove so popular on Pinterest. Yes, those hanging lanterns look incredibly romantic over those big beautiful banqueting tables but in an ad for a Dolmio sauce you are not, and planning to hold a massive part of your day under the Irish skies could (could!) spell disaster.
If you do insist in having your ceremony or drinks reception outdoors, always have a plan B. And make sure that plan can be put in place even at the very last minute. Remember that although the sun may be splitting the trees when you wake up on your wedding day, you could easily find yourself in an epic thunder storm by the time you walk down the aisle.
Make sure there is somebody at the ready to take decor inside in the case of an unannounced shower - this is particularly important for those doing DIY wedding at a venue that wouldn't normally employ staff to take care of taking down decor etc if plans change.
2. Invest in a bridal umbrella and other rainy day accessories
Have some fun preparing for what is traditionally considered bad weather by shopping for some cute accessories that will help you brave the elements in style. With festival season firmly upon us there are plenty of cute options for rain gear on the high street including transparent rain macs and budget wellies.
Even if it's just drizzling you should have a spare pair of shoes or boots somewhere in case you find yourself negotiating your way around soggy leaves, mud and other water-soaked areas on the hunt for "the shot" with your photographer.
Bonus tip! Make sure keep the receipts for any rainy day accessories you add to the wedding budget and if you don't have to don them on the day, you can bring them back and get your money back! Win/win!
3. Trust the professionals - especially your photographer
You've probably paid good money hiring pros to take care of all the things you really aren't expected to anticipate on your day, so let them do their job! You'll be surprised at how effortlessly your wedding coordinator copes with a thunderstorm five minutes before you're due to leave the bridal suite and at how many staff members are there to hold an umbrella, a dress train, a car door and anything else you find yourself negotiating on the day.
Speak to your photographer about indoor photos, if they're good at their job they've already scouted out all the best places to get some gorgeous pics with plenty of natural light streaming in. If you can, ask them to send you some examples of a rainy day wedding they've previously shot at the venue, or spend some time yourself looking up real weddings online or checking out the venue's hashtag on Instagram to get some ideas of indoor shots.
While you're at it, check out some rainy day wedding shots on Pinterest and Instagram - by the time you go through some of the incredible snaps out there you'll be praying for a little drizzle!
All photos by Moat Hill Photography