5 Inspirational Ideas For Your Wet Weather Outdoor Wedding

THANK YOU to those of you who braved the torrential downpours and came over to see us at the open weekend at Duddon Mill Farm.


It was an absolute joy to catch up with old pals and the incredible industry suppliers that stood with us in our stunning marquee over the 2 days. A very special thanks to The Cheshire Dining Experience, Thomas & Orme Films, Living Colour Flowers, Charlotte Simpson Cermonies, Samuel James Events, Light Tech, The Word Is Love and the team at Duddon Mill Farm who all helped to make our marquee showcase a fantastic experience for all!


Despite the inclement weather, we really did have a great time meeting you all and loved chatting with you about your exciting ideas and showing you around our marquees.

We live in Britain, there IS a chance of rain but DON’T let that dampen your plans for an outdoor wedding – we actually found that a lot of you weren’t disheartened at all and were feeling quite excited about your own plans for an open-air celebration as you watched the rain beating down from the comfort of our beautiful structures.


We absolutely loved some of your practical yet creative and inspirational ideas of how to embrace the wet weather so we thought we’d piece them together on our journal to inspire and excite others!

1.       Wellingtons

After this weekend, we discovered that A LOT of brides love the idea of donning a pair of Hunters as their bridal shoe – and we actually think that the weather conditions would be an excellent excuse to stay comfortable in flats (albeit wellies) for the whole day!

Practical, stylish and different – whether you’re a ‘festival bride’ or ‘country groom’, a wellington wearing couple would certainly not be forgotten in a rush!

2.       A Wedding ‘Village’

At The Canvas Tent Co. we love nothing more than to create a sociable outdoor area. Walkway matting lit by soft festoon lighting, firepits, haybales, pallet/rustic/rattan furniture bring the build together and create a perfect space for those who need a breath of fresh air after too much dancing (and too much prosecco!) However, in instances of showers, your guests might prefer some additional shelter rather than getting their glad-rags wet outside.

As discussed with a few couples over the weekend, our smaller traditional canvas and timber pole tents make great chill out/lounge/bar areas and compliment the aesthetic of our sailcloth marquees perfectly. We can create festoon lit pathways to lead up to any additional structures, so the space would really feel like a part of the main celebration. You might want to consider an unwalled, open space with au naturale flooring and haybales placed here and there, to really bring the outside in!

3. The Romance of Rain

We heard the words ‘rain’ and ‘romance’ quite a bit over the course of the weekend and we love the idea of ‘the romance of rain’! Poor weather conditions create atmosphere and make truly epic outside wedding imagery. Choosing the right videographers and photographers who are willing to work closely alongside you throughout your planning process to make you feel at ease is essential for working with the weather and you on your big day and capturing your romantic Hollywood-esque shots.

Check out our ‘Rain’ Pinterest board to gain some inspiration for a wet wedding shoot or take a look at our lovely 2019 bride Sarah’s blog post about her dreamy day amidst the wettest June on record!

 4.       Umbrellas.

Brolly’s make great wedding favours - a practical gift for your guests that they can (and most likely will) use over and over again!

Personalise them with your initials, your celebration hashtag or wedding logo and allow the memory of your day to be stamped onto your family and friends’ accessories forever!

Multicoloured, clear, or just plain white – umbrellas can be a fun accessory and a great prop for some creative wedding day images.

If you don’t fancy investing in a bulk of brolly’s, why not consider hiring them for the day? Brolly Bucket is our go to umbrella hiring service that can cater for all your wet weather needs!

5.       Childhood Memories

And finally, a handful of couples that we chatted with over the open weekend at Duddon Mill Farm talked about the nostalgia of rain. Listening to the raindrops on canvas from the comfort of inside the marquees, brought back happy memories of family holidays and childhood camping trips.

Watching the rain cast over the field from inside the marquees, sparked feelings of fun, friendships, family and togetherness which also happen to be the core values of a Great British outdoor celebration that we love so well!




Daniel Lally