Umbrellas and parasols are two very versatile objects that you can use on your wedding.
Often, the difference between the two is just the material used for the canopy. Umbrellas are usually made of waterproof materials and as such, they are perfect protection against the sun and rain. Parasols, on the other hand, are sometimes referred to as sunshades and do not necessarily have waterproof canopies because they are only meant to provide shade from the sun.
Aside from their obvious purpose, both are used at weddings as decorations, photography props, favors, etc. It doesn't matter if the wedding is an indoor or outdoor event, held in the morning, afternoon or evening, if you want to incorporate umbrellas and parasols, surely there are many different ways to go about it.
Let's take a look at some of them.
As Wedding Theme Accessory
Are you having a themed wedding? Like the other bride's accessories (flowers, jewelries, bag, etc.), an umbrella or a parasol can be used to complete the "themed" look that the bride is aiming for. Or even if you don't have a wedding theme, an umbrella or a parasol can add nice touches to your ensemble. Pick the right material and color to highlight elements in your wedding.
As Wedding Favor for the Guests
Usable wedding favors are better than decorative wedding favors. Nothing beats giving your guests - as tokens of appreciation for coming to your wedding - something that they can use. Especially if it's something that they can use on the actual wedding day. And nothing like parasols on a sunny outdoor wedding to show your guests that you care about them.
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As Protection from the Sun and Rain
Sometimes, your wedding date falls on monsoon season, and you just want to be prepared in case it rains on your wedding day. If, on the other hand, your having a summer wedding, you know that nothing ruins a beautiful makeup than the harsh sunlight.
On these occasions, an umbrella becomes a necessity. Might as well get something that will stylishly match the look and feel of the event, if not your wedding dress.
As Wedding Photography Props
And no, I'm not talking about the light brollies that photographers used to diffuse or direct the light wherever they want.
But wedding photographers are becoming more and more creative nowadays. A lot of them use props in order to make the wedding pictures more interesting, and that includes umbrellas and parasols.
As Wedding Décor
This where your imagination can run wild. Using umbrellas and parasols as decors on the wedding ceremony and the reception that follows after can be a lot of fun. If you allow your creative juices to flow, you'll find that there are many different ways to jazz up the occasion with umbrellas and parasols.
Use umbrellas or parasols to decorate the aisle, as backdrop for the wedding ceremony or the Presidential/VIP table
Use umbrellas and parasols as ceiling treatments
Or use with lighting to set a mood
Use umbrellas and parasols as table centerpieces
Use umbrellas as floaters
Use umbrellas and parasols to hold flowers and lights, hang garlands, beadstrings, etc.
Truly, the uses for umbrellas and parasols on your wedding are limited only by your imagination. Rain or shine, they can add a different flair - flamboyant, whimsical, romantic, playful (it's all up to you) - to your special occasion.