What if it rains on your wedding day?
I know I know, we shouldn’t mention the “r” word. But we know that the weather here in the UK can be quite unpredictable at the best of times, let alone when you are planning a wedding way in advance! So what can you do to make sure you have a wonderful wedding day whatever the weather?
(All the pictures below were taken on what I would call rainy day weddings. They were taken between showers, during the rain or indoors while it was raining).
Don't panic! Go with it.
You can’t change the weather. Remember it will always be a part of the story of your day.
A massive thunder storm outside can actually be a talking point. The drama of it all can add to the excitement of your day. As a wedding photographer, I can capture some wonderful moments of wedding couples, families and friends enjoying each other¹s company during the worst types of weather.
Choose the right venue that is stunning whatever the weather!
Often, when I meet with wedding couples, they will apologise when they ask “what happens if ..?”. I don¹t mind at all. (Having photographed over 200 weddings in the past 9 years, at time of writing, my systems are well planned and a subject for another blog post) It can be so easy to be swept up in the excitement of it all, the question “What happens if..” can be forgotten when looking round wedding venues.
As well as taking in the wonderful exterior and grounds, look at the interior. Is there enough space for family and friends to mingle should it be impossible to take a step outside? Will the interior of the building make for a lovely backdrop for pictures? Do you have sole use of the venue?
I’m lucky enough to be a recommended supplier at one such barn, (Clock Barn near Whitchurch in Hampshire) which is a 13 minute drive from my studio. It’s the size of the barn that matters here. Sometimes they will have the wedding and reception in the same space. You need to be aware that your wedding party will need enough covered area to mingle whilst the room is being turned around. The advantage of a barn wedding is that you have the beams and high ceilings in the barn itself. This gives a wonderful backdrop for bride and groom pictures. Barns are often attached to farms. I have been at weddings where we have been allowed access to other parts of the site for a few pictures among the hay bails!
These are full of history and have wonderful grounds. They have lots of lovely interiors for wedding pictures of the two of you. I¹ve been to many such venues and often have more ideas for interior shots that we have time for. You can stay cosy, warm and dry while it rains cats and dogs outside.
When you look at a marquee venue, take a look at how well it’s secured to the ground! Depending on where the marquee is, you have to bear in mind where you would want any group photos, and special pictures taken of the two of you. On quite a few occasions, I¹ve covered marquee weddings in the middle of fields or in the back of someone¹s garden and will always scout out locations very close by so the couple get the pictures they’ll love.
Some couples have actually approached me before booking a wedding venue. I have been more than happy to give the benefit of nearly photographing over 200 weddings in the last 10 years. Helping to find the perfect fit for them. You are more than welcome to do the same and to get in touch by CLICKING HERE or filling out the form to the left.
It doesn't often rain ALL day.
OK, I do come armed with an hour-by-hour (And even a minute by-minute) weather forecast for that precise location. There is normally a chance we can dodge the showers and still get some lovely pictures. The series of wedding couple images below, for example, were taken in the 15 minutes leading up to a massive downpour. We got back in plenty of time before it started. So much so, I was able to grab a quick shot of the wedding party before the heavens opened!
If it’s been raining, threatening to rain or the ground is soft, why not bring along a fun pair of wellington boots to save your heels from sinking into the ground. I always carry ivory coloured umbrellas just in case, but you might have a favourite instead. Ideal if you just need to get from the car to the wedding venue. Some couples say “what the heck” if the rain isn”t too bad and we can get so real fun shots that tell the story of their day and the fun they had.
Besides ALL this, there is so much more to enjoy. You are promising yourself to be with your loved one forever. Family and friends will be
with you to enjoy the ceremony, wedding reception and party into the night.
Just enjoy the moment, enjoy the love, enjoy your wedding day!