No one is happy at the thought of rain on their wedding day. You go to all that trouble to dress up and make arrangements for your guests to arrive in their finery, you have a photographer, and maybe a videographer booked, and you might even have an outdoor ceremony or reception planned.

You don't want the whole thing drowned out. But whatever time of year you’re getting married, rain can be a real possibility. So let’s have a look at a few ways to avoid that sudden shower causing havoc with your special occasion.

First of all - and this is some people’s desert island must-have, even on an ordinary day - go for waterproof mascara. After all, if your eyes are looking spectacular then it won’t matter so much whatever else is happening, you’ll be able to pull it off in style.

It’ll also be useful if you think you might be feeling a bit emotional on the day. Save yourself from the dreaded panda eyes and you’ll have one less thing to think about.

Next, let’s talk wedding umbrellas. Depends on what kind of a wedding you’re organising as to what style to go for. Some couples want to provide a whole box of umbrellas for people to use on the day in case of a downpour.

Others reserve them just for the wedding party and have them in ivory. If you’re going for top hat and tails, classic black umbrellas could be just the thing. But if you want to make more of a statement, why not white ones? It would look great in the photos.

Have you heard of the Rainaway Bride? Not the Julia Roberts film, no, we're talking about an ingenious and beautiful way to care for your dress on the day in the event of a storm. It's a bridal waterproof that covers your hair and your dress. You can buy one or just hire it for the day. You’ll have an instant - yet still glamorous - way to protect your whole look. What a great idea.

If you have expensive equipment being used to photograph or video your day, it’s worth having waterproof covers available to protect them, so that your shots are covered as well as the cameras themselves.

And if you really want to make a statement, how about wellingtons that are designed specifically for weddings - Weddington Boots are a brand you might like to try. We think they’re very beautiful.