In this article we take a look at a selection of our favorite oh-so-cute wedding umbrellas for you and your guests. The very thought of rain on your perfectly planned wedding day could seem like a disaster. However, there are actually a few things to be said for rain on your wedding day:
- First, it is a sign of good luck. In many cultures, wedding day rain is said to bring good luck and represents things like fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal and tears.
- Secondly, rain can be used to your advantage! An experienced all-weather photographer can capture gorgeous artistic photos with rain drops – really quite a stunning effect. You can also have a little fun with umbrellas props during photo sessions.
- Finally, it rained on my wedding day – luckily only in the wee hours of the morning – so you will be in good company if you do get rain for your day! 😀
We have scoured our back catalogue of real weddings along with our bookmark favs to share cute wedding umbrellas you can have on hand come rain or shine.
Clear Wedding Umbrellas
When I think of a wedding in a place like California, I usually don’t associate the word rain. Seattle on the other hand …
A wedding day shower can happen no matter where you live. Less so if you plan an elopement or destination wedding to Marseille in the south of France – one of the sunniest places in Europe!
If the weather reporter says that this fall, winter, or spring season is going to be a bit wetter than usualy, make sure to plan ahead by purchasing a few classy clear umbrellas (like below). In fact, you can see that the real wedding couple below even bought wedding umbrellas for their bridesmaids. I love the fun photos that capture a intimate newlywed moments!
1) Clear Bubble Umbrella
Match Your Wedding Colors
Clear umbrellas are perfect because you can hide underneath while still capturing great photos. Why not incorporate your wedding colors with a clear umbrella? A colored trim adds a bit of pop.
2) Clear Bubble Umbrella with Colored Trim
Shop: Elite Rain
A pagoda parasol adds a little Asian flare to your wedding decor. I can see how they would not be to certain bridal tastes or styles, yet I think they are quite pretty with their unique shape.
Pagoda parasols come in many different colors, which means you can match and match to your overall wedding colors.
3) Nylon Pagoda Parasol Bridal Umbrella
Mismatched Ruffle Parasols
Rather than mismatched bridesmaids dresses, why not mismatch your bridal accessories with an assortment of sweet, feminine, ruffle parasols.
4) Ruffled Parasols
Who said you can’t wear black on your wedding day?
Okay, so technically you won’t be wearing black if you decide this basic black windproof umbrella will do just the trick. The contrasting dark umbrella with white wedding gown can make for some pretty photographs. The umbrella is rated for 60 MPH severe storm weather. Although, with wind at 60 miles per do you really want to be standing outside on your wedding day? Just sayin’
5) 60 MPH Windproof Umbrellas
Shop: Crown Coast
Polka Dot Umbrella for Weddings
If a black umbrella is too sullen, lighten up the mood with some fun white polka dots!
6) Leighton Auto Open Stick
Lace Parasols for Weddings
A warning with number seven on our list: a lace parasol is not going to keep you dry at all!
Thank you Ms. Obvious.
Vintage, lace, and 100% wedding worthy – the Battenburg Lace parasol are just too pretty not to add to my list. I would say this parasol is perfect as a sunny afternoon bridal accessory (see photo below).
7) Vintage Battenburg Lace Parasol
Shop: The 1 for U
Heart Shaped Umbrella
I love a good geometric shaped wedding object – hearts even moreso! If choosing classic white is more appropriate for your wedding day, this fun heart shaped umbrella makes a nice addition.
8) Heart Shaped Wedding Umbrella
Umbrella Photo Props
Another option is to use umbrellas or parasols as photo props at your wedding. A paper parasol with “Just Married” written on it can make for a unique accessory. This is definitely a sunshine only umbrella not to be used in the rain!
9) Paper Parasol Umbrella with Just Married
Umbrellas For Wedding Guests
Depending on the weather, it is always a good idea to provide guests with parasols for shade from the sun or umbrellas to protect them from the rain. Here are a few ideas to keep your guests happy during any wedding weather mishaps.
A gift that keeps on giving. Offer your wedding guests a pretty paper parasol to protect themselves in the heat of the sun. The parasol can double as a wedding favor that guests can take home and cherish.
10) Paper Parasols
White Wedding Umbrellas
Purchase a pack of white wedding umbrellas for both your ceremony and reception areas. Mother Nature can be temperamental at times. If she decides to change course and rain down upon your guests, at least they will stay somewhat dry. Although, I can foresee a scene that entails an all-out race to the woman’s bathroom in order to fix hair and makeup!
11) Anderson Wedding Umbrella (Pack of 10)
Shop: Anderson Umbrella
Like Getting Caught in the Rain?
Jimmy Buffet may have said it best. And yes, we think the following should be included on a wedding day:
- Pina Coladas
- The feel of the ocean
- The taste of champagne
- Making love at midnight
Make sure that you don’t get caught in the rain without a wedding umbrella, especially if you are planning to host a wedding anywhere on the Westcoast (Washington State, Oregon, British Columbia), Ireland, the UK, or in a climate that is known to have a shower or two.
Purchase a classy umbrella ahead of time just in case your wedding day decides to bring you a sprinkle of good luck.