Last week saw Andy Murray and Kim Sears tie the knot in Scotland’s wedding of the year.  The happy couple anticipated that getting wed in Scotland would mean the likelihood of a few April showers, which is why we were excited to see them incorporate wedding umbrellas into their day.  Here we look at how you can use umbrellas to protect both bride and groom from the rain, or as funky decoration pieces.

Kim Murray’s Wedding Brolly

The streets surrounding Dunblane Cathedral in Central Scotland were full of well-wishers last week as tennis star Andy Murray wed his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears after a short engagement.  From the numerous news stories about the wedding, it appears that every little detail – from the beautiful blossom trees lining the church aisle to Kim’s lovely Jenny Packham gown – was planned meticulously.  True to the temperamental Scottish weather, one element of the proceedings was not forgotten: the umbrellas!

The new Mrs Murray left her cathedral ceremony with her new husband and the heavens began to open, cue the brolly, seen in Colorado News Today's image to the left and above.  She chose a plain white umbrella which matched her dress without taking the attention from it.  Many of her guests remembered the very important accessory as well, ensuring that no one’s outfits or hair were ruined before the reception!

Beautiful Brollies

The weather may be the main reason for having a brolly handy, but the range of styles and colours make them ideal accents to a wedding theme.  For weddings taking place in the spring months when showers can be expected, couples can buy brollies for their guests in a colour and style to suit the theme – vintage style parasols are great for country house or retro receptions, and block colours which match the flowers can bring a whole look together in a unique way.

Umbrellas can also be used as interesting centerpieces for tables, we love the idea of placing different coloured brollies on the table with hanging crystals as raindrops, perfect for quaint garden weddings.  Hanging an umbrella upside down from the ceiling can help you create gorgeous canopies which can be filled with wildflowers or ribbons.

Funky Umbrella Ideas

As we’ve already seen, umbrellas are not just for bad weather!  In fact, they can be used for a range things including some funky photo opportunities.  Why not replace the rain with glittering confetti thrown by your guests with a funky coloured brolly?  When lit from the behind, umbrellas and parasols can create a romantic silhouette for photographs which can be a little more inventive than the average couple shot.