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8 Top tips for a stylish January wedding

No one booking a January wedding in the UK is expecting 20 degree heat and sunshine, so how do brides and grooms stay stylish in the predictably damp winter weather? Well, we at WedVen have done the research for you…

One thing that no bride has control over is the weather, but there’s no need to panic. There are so many ways to survive the drizzle and keep your wedding style on track.

Go short

If you don’t want to be dragging round a soggy dress, a bridal gown in a January wedding could be a short one. Opt for fifties cool, and pair with an awesome pair of heels! That way, you can rock the night away and not think about the state of your dress. Here are a couple of ideas we love: a vintage style dress as worn by the bride on the left at the National Railway Museum, Yorkshire; and this gorgeous “Lovestruck” lacy, long-sleeved, midi length gown from Ivory and Co.

short bridal gowns stay stylish in rainy january

You can stand under my umbrella

The best thing you could probably do is borrow a large stash of them and have them available at your wedding venue. Or you could buy a load from somewhere like Ikea or Poundland (any unused ones can go back!). Then, if Mother Nature does decide to open the heavens on your big day, you’re covered; but if the sun keeps his hat on, you’re not out of pocket!

Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club Wallflower Photographics Real Wedding Justin and Stephanie bride and groom leaving St Mary's Church with umbrellas

This lovely photo of a wedding party not letting the weather rain on their parade is from one of our Real Weddings at Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club, West Sussex. Gorgeous!


If you’ve read the blogs on our Welly Weddings, you’ll be aware of the love we have for a stylish pair of bridal Wellington boots! Stay dry and don’t compromise on style, by choosing a pair that fits in with your wedding vibe. If you know the January weather is going to be dreadful, why not have a tongue-in-cheek theme around the weather? Look here for more styling advice!

Fallyn and Grant real wedding Maleny Manor Queensland Australia Calli B Photography outside venue bride in red wellies


There’s no need for bridesmaids in January to feel the cold, or lose out on style. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing for your #JanuaryTeamBride… Pair short dresses with awesome wellies and a cosy cardigan, or opt cropped lacy or sequinned tops with a midi length skirt.

We adore this stylish textured bridesmaid culotte jumpsuit from County Boutique (left) but are still swooning over these Two Birds jumpsuits which – paired with a chunky platform – would totally rock your rainy January Big Day!

 Bridesmaids style January rain


Rolling down the road

If the chances of rain are high, and the ceremony and reception are a distance apart, you could make sure that your guests have transport available. Offering guests a fun mode of transport really adds to the atmosphere of your day too!


If your guest list is long, go for a vintage red bus (like this couple who got married at Hodsock Priory), or a tractor and trailer, or if you’re having a more intimate wedding, hire a cool wedding campervan to get them from A to B. This way, you won’t have dripping wet friends and they’ll be so grateful!


Say no to panda eyes

No bride wants mascara stained cheeks, and on a rainy day it won’t be the tears of joy smudging your eye make-up! Make sure you stay panda eye free by opting for a tried and tested waterproof mascara, or – even better – get your lashes lifted and tinted, or have some extensions, before your big day. Our resident makeup artist and beauty expert, Aimee Hagger of Goddess Lashes, knows that this is an investment that is definitely worth it!


Rainaway Bride

If you don’t want to opt for a short wedding dress, this dress cover is the perfect way to waterproof your bridal gown on your wedding day. Appropriately white, it fits most gowns and trains inside using an elasticated hem to scoop your dress up and away from muddy puddles.

It will also protect your hair, veil and make-up with its waterproof hooded cloak. The designer, Karen Robb has really put this through the mill of testing. Clever stuff, eh? Get your Rainaway Bride now.


With venues often offering savings on January weddings, you’ll have more cash for styling your big day exactly how you want it! With lower demand for Big Days, venue prices drop –  venues and suppliers alike will be offering their services for rock-bottom prices. December is often pricier because of Christmas, New Year and February sees prices soar because of Valentine’s Day, but January? Hello, savings! Check out these late availability deals…

camberley heath golf club surrey wedding venue

Find out if you can book a late availability wedding in 2018 at the gorgeous Camberley Heath Golf Club in Hampshire (above). Get more information here.

mercure aberdeen caledonian hotel scotland wedding venue

If you’re north of Hadrian’s Wall, there’s some excellent deals to be had at Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel in Scotland. Find out more here.

Doxford Barns Northumberland wedding venue

Are there any last minute dates available for you at Doxford Barns in Northumberland? The romantic ambience here is the ultimate antidote to a rainy wedding day! Have a look at their late availability offers here!

Did you plan a January wedding? What are your top tips for brides-to-be? Leave a comment below with your advice, or tweet us @WedVen using the hashtag #januarystyle




Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.