How to plan a wedding around the UK weather

22nd November, 2018

Planning your perfect wedding day can be stressful, and with a million and one things on your mind, the last thing you want to think about is the weather. Sadly, you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that mother nature is one thing that you simply cannot control, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it to fate. Put the right plans in place and your wedding will be a shining success, come rain or shine. However, if you need a bit of extra help, there are loads of professional wedding planners around that are dedicated to making your special day that extra bit special. Take a look at Perfect Planning Events, Blessing by Ble & Caro Events UK.


Picking the right date!

On the basis that you are not looking to swap stilettos for your welly boots, you’ll likely want to pick a dry month. Contradicting the popular saying of April showers, the month of April can in fact be the driest month of the year, averaging only 2.29mm of rainfall a day. Don’t worry though brides, we know how meticulous you can be. If you want specific dates, then statistically the driest day of the year falls on the 15th of April. The location you ask? Well, even if you choose to get hitched in Scotland or Northern Ireland, April remains the best month to avoid the rain.


What months to avoid?

If you dreamed of a summer wedding and thought that would be a safe bet to avoid the rain, then perhaps you might want to think again. In fact, during Spring and Summer, August is the wettest time of the year, averaging 10 days of rain or 3.09mm a day. Don’t worry though, there’s always July!

Perhaps you are dreaming of a white wedding in Autumn or Winter? Well, if you are truly set on that idea, then it’s best to avoid November. This month has the highest average rainfall for this period, receiving 13 days of rain on average, totalling a jaw-dropping 88 millimetres. Now that’s wet! Also, word of warning for the wettest day of the year - the 11th of November. You have been warned.


So, how can you prepare?

Whether it will be hot or cold, blue skies or rain, there is really no way of predicting or preparing for it all. A good general rule to go by is plan for the worst and hope for the best, but most of all, it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world! You can certainly still have an unforgettable wedding, even if the weather has been less than you’d hoped for. 

If the weather does take a turn for the worst then it’s better to be prepared, and a great consideration is being more flexible with your wedding timeline. If a downpour is imminent just before your vows, then why not consider extending the cocktail hour and wait for a weather window, here are a few mobile bar and catering suppliers that we’re sure you’ll love! Chin Chin Mobile Cocktail BarPremier Bar RunnersScott Anderson & Pomegranate Catering.
Your guests will certainly not mind. In your pre-wedding planning, allow for some flexibility in your schedule, and keep your guests out of the rain. 


If you are getting married somewhere outdoors, then why not pack a bag with some welly boots in, or an umbrella rack at the entrance and exits to help shelter your guests. Furthermore, every bride knows how important the photography needs to be, so why not ask your photographer if they have any experience shooting in the rain? You never know, they might have some great ideas. Take a look at the photographers we’ve had at our shows! Louisa DettmerImmi PhotographyMykey Day PhotographyThe Other Day Photography & Nicky’s Photography.


Your wedding day is the most special day of your life, so you don't want something like the weather to ruin it. If you have any fun ideas on how to plan the best wedding day to combat the weather then let us know, or, if you are having trouble planning your perfect wedding then check out our wedding exhibitions - where we have everything to help you achieve the day of your dreams.