In the UK it doesn’t matter what time of year you book your wedding, there is always a chance of rain, you could book your wedding in July and be unlucky and have a shower, you could book your wedding in April and have one of the hottest days on record for that month. But… The important thing is to know how to embrace the rain on your big day! No one books their wedding hoping it rains, but there is always a chance so here are our tips for ensuring you get the most of out of it, even if it does rain! But… You not thinking of the UK, right? So, let’s talk about what really matters: Your wedding destination! In the Algarve you are secure nearly all year round without rain, but… There’s always a but! Continue reading and we’ll explain you everything!

When to get married?

First thing’s first, if you want to minimise the chance of rain on your wedding day, there’s a few things you can do to help yourself. As you might expect, March and April are known as the wettest months of the year in Portugal. It goes without saying that you’re less likely to be subjected to rainy wedding photos if you get married in the summer, which by the way, is just perfect in the Algarve.

 How to prepare for wedding day rain

It is always good to have a plan; be it drizzle or a heavy shower having a plan for rain is a good idea just in case it actually happens. Have a Plan B at your venue; Umbrellas at the ready; Blankets; Wellies for outdoor weddings, and much more if needed! Be realistic of where you are and what month of the year it is… Make it perfect, with or without rain!

Consider your Hair and Makeup

If you are expecting rain then speak to your venue, they will no doubt have a plan in place, your drinks reception may be outside, and still can be, if it does rain then there is a room or area set up where your guests can move to. If you are planning to get married outside, then your venue may be able to bring this indoors if it is forecast to rain. Otherwise, have some brollies ready for your guests just in case.

 Rainy wedding photos

Of course, none of this can guarantee that the rain Gods will be looking down on you, so it’s better to try and go with the flow. Rainy wedding photos are in no way dreary. If anything, they can be romantic and stylish, forcing the happy couple to get cosy, surrounded by the beauty of nature. They can be some of the most breath-taking and impactful wedding photos – just have a quick google and you’ll be positively inspired with what you find. Central to this however is a pretty wedding umbrella, so invest in one (or several) ahead of time, it will be key to making your rainy wedding photos stand out. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! It’s far better to let go and embrace the rain, than try and resist something you can’t control. Think for instance what you would do, if you were going to a festival like Glastonbury during a rainy patch. You’d make the most of it. This means dancing in the rain with your wellies, sliding about in the mud and taking selfies of rain-stained make-up. Ok, so not all of them are a good idea if it rains on your wedding day, but you get the picture! Plan ahead and you can even order personalised wellies or rain covers for guests – a moment to capture for posterity, exclusive to rainy wedding photos. The key is to be prepared!

 Relax and embrace it

Perhaps it’s time to re-frame what a happy wedding means to you. Aesthetics aside, it’s about making important vows to the person you love in front of the people that matter most in your lives. It’s about sharing food, drink and laughter and celebrating what it means to love and be loved. Keep this in mind and no rain on your wedding day should ever define the success of your nuptials. Although, even if it does rain on your wedding day, try and keep some perspective. It’s rare that rain is ongoing – there’s usually a break in the clouds, or a small shower that will pass. It’s virtually impossible for couples not to be glued to weather forecasts in the lead up to their big day. However, this can be helpful when planning! See the photos below and get some inspiration… But don’t panic! It is always good to have a plan B! There is a Portuguese saying which is perfect for this… “E melhor prevenir, do que remediar!

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